A grapefruit pink sky stretches over the Sandia Peak in Albuquerque. I look to my right and see fire shooting into the sky. Then, a shadow floats over me and the colors of a hot air balloon glow from the sun rays.
The above description does not do the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta justice, as it was one of the most magnificent scenes I have ever witnessed. Years ago, I’ve been fortunate to be the passenger in three hot air balloon rides, but standing on the ground and seeing 500 + balloons float into the sky was enchanting.
My mom and aunt were visiting from Dallas and we decided to drive to Albuquerque and experience New Mexico’s historical event.
From classic hot air balloons to unique shapes, balloons were sprouting up from the ground like wildflowers after a summer rain.
Here are some interesting facts about the Balloon Fiesta that may spark your interest in attending the event next year:
- The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is the largest annual international event held in the United States.
- The event began in 1972 with a small gathering of 13 balloonists. Today, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is the largest balloon event in the world.
- If interested in riding in a hot air balloon, you can check out the balloon rides with the Rainbow Ryders. This group of operators is the official balloon guides of the event.
- Multiple countries participate in the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. This event is an amazing international delight.
- The Balloon Fiesta is the most photographed event on Earth!