New Mexico

Highlights of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Explore unique museums and learn the history, science and art of ballooning as you experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
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Program No. 10427RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Experience the best of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, study the history of hot-air ballooning and feel the excitement of the Balloon Ascensions during several visits to the Balloon Fiesta Park. Learn how balloons are made and the science behind flying by a local expert and pilot. Discover why Albuquerque is such a perfect place for this premier ballooning event.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile over uneven grass and paved surfaces in the dark at Balloon Fiesta Park; climb a flight of stairs. Standing up to an hour on field trips. Elevations of 5,300 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Watch the pilots and their crews prepare huge and intricately constructed balloons for inflation and flight.
  • Enjoy a fireworks presentation and balloons from countries around the world.
  • Learn about the history and science of ballooning first hand.
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Kelli Ballengee
Kelli has crewed for hot air balloons since 1995. She is a member of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association and their Youth Committee. She is the registrar and previous assistant director of the Rio Grande Balloon Camp for teenagers. She serves as the Secretary of the Valencia Flying and Retrieval Society and is the Balloonmeister for the St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rallye in Belen, NM. Kelli retired in 2009 as a colonel after 30 years in the Air Force working occupational health and environmental protection.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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