Highlights of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Discover ancient petroglyphs, 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 Special Shape Rodeo or Mass Ascension during three visits to the Balloon Park. Learn how balloons are made, how they are inflated and what pilots need to know to fly them. Discover why Albuquerque is such a perfect place for this world’s premier ballooning event.
Activity Level
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.
  • See a fireworks presentation and balloon entries from countries around the world.
  • Learn about the history and science of ballooning at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.
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Maia Duerr has been a resident of Santa Fe for the past decade and spent extensive time in northern New Mexico for years before that. A modern-day renaissance woman, she is a writer, meditation teacher, and cultural anthropologist. Maia is a seasoned traveler who has journeyed to almost every state in the U.S., as well as Tibet, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. She takes great joy in sharing the culture and natural beauty of northern New Mexico with Road Scholars.
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