New Mexico Activities

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Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your adventure begins at the launch site. Become a hands-on crew member and help with the balloon inflation, or just sit back, observe, and take pictures as the gentle giant comes to life. Embark upon a unique journey at lift-off. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound folks below. Certified pilots will navigate the flight with your safety and enjoyment in mind. During your 1-hour ride, your pilot will answer any questions that you might have and identify local points of interest. The actual time in the air is approximately 60 minutes, but you should plan to spend up to 3.5 hours on your entire ballooning experience. The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet you at the landing site. You can then help pack up the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, you will board the van and head back to the launch site. Back at the launch site, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate and balloon flight pin to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Make sure you bring your camera.

Santa Fe: Historic Downtown Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

2. Santa Fe: Historic Downtown Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Explore downtown Santa Fe with the help of an insightful audio tour. Be fully immersed in the city and go at your pace with a flexible app. On the tour you’ll learn about the times of the Spanish Conquistadores, the Crypto Jewish people, the Santa Fe Trail, and the scientists of the Manhattan Project. Listen to the stories of the Pueblo Native People, some of the oldest tribal communities in the nation. Hear about the outlaw and gunfighter Billy the Kid. Pass by the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and learn about her art. Discover Zozobra, a marionette that is burnt before the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. Stroll past San Miguel chapel, known as the oldest church in the US. Even hear tips on how to make your food in the Christmas Santa Fe style. Enjoy professional narration, production, and music to bring history to life.

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Our pilot, Dean, was the BEST! So much experience and knowledge! If you want a safe, fun, and memorable flight go with Rainbow Ryders! I'm a bigger lady and we all know the basket must balance. Dean did this in a way to spare my humility! He made the group of 6 think it was their idea to all be on one side and the two smaller parties totaling 4 on one side (my side). You're probably asking, how did i get in and out of the basket. Tall step stool both ways! Offered to all not just the large older lady! Thanks for helping me make a check to my bucket list! High recommend!

The van felt like a covid breeding ground, and being loaded in with strangers was really weird after being so cautious for the last year +. That being said, the balloon ride itself was spectacular, and Kris, our pilot, was a wonderful guide. I would highly recommend this experience, but would also recommend a double mask!!

We had the best pilot around, Dean. He made the trip enjoyable and exciting!

My son and I had a wonderful morning ride with our talented pilot Chris.

Directions were easy to follow. Info was interesting