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"The Balloon Fiesta" Balloon Fiesta Tip by VeronicaG

Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque: 33 reviews and 49 photos

  The Balloon Fiesta
by VeronicaG

The Balloon Fiesta began each day at 5:45 am with the Dawn Patrol. The pilots participating in this event take off in the dark using position lightning systems. They maintain their height until first light, which allows them to safely descend.

We arrived at 6:15 am on Saturday morning...early enough to enjoy a delicious cinnamon roll and hot chocolate before the Mass Ascension at 7 am. The balloons ascend at this early hour because the wind shifts around 9am each day, making it a difficult flight.

I believe there were about 750-800 balloonists this year. The procedure is to launch them in three separate waves. Less than half of the balloons participating in the fiesta ascended on Saturday morning because the wind was predicted to pick up.

Address: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Phone: +1 505-768-6050

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 15, 2007
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