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The ‘Albuquerque Box’ explained

By Mark Ronchetti

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – During the night time hours, cool air over the northern mountains sinks down to the valley floor. The heavy cool air then makes its way south to the lowest point which in this case happens to be the Rio Grande Valley.

So as day breaks the northerly […]

Albuquerque Box provides pilots a natural phenomenon to help steer balloons

The “Albuquerque Box” can be extra elusive for pilots at the Balloon Fiesta some years, but when it works, it really helps pilots and passengers alike.

Here’s why: pilots can make a balloon go up or down by applying heat to the envelope, but they have no way of steering the balloon, which […]

Welcome to the Ballooning Capital of the World Web Site

We would like to welcome you to the Ballooning Capital of the World web site. The Ballooning Capital is located in the greater Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA area including area communities like Rio Rancho.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s largest hot air balloon festival and takes place each October. During the balloon […]