Santa Fe Trail International Balloon Rally

Hot air balloons will fly at 6:30am (weather permitting).

If you are a pilot interested in participating, please print and complete both a Pilot Application and Pilot Agreement.

Location: La Mesa Airfield Hwy 555 Raton NM 87740 USA

Old Timers Balloon Rally, Roswell, NM

2015 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally – July 2-4

Balloon pilots interested in attending the 2015 rally, please see the following:

Completed application and agreement can be delivered or mailed to the address at the bottom of this page. Please contact Brenda Ferri with any questions. Thank you!

 

International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally

 

“…Taos skies are filled with dozens of brightly colored hot air balloons lifting into the clear, cold dawn of a Taos Mountain sunrise”

Every year on the last full weekend in October, as the trees in the high country surrounding historic Taos erupt into a painter’s canvas of oranges, reds, ambers and yellows, even more color is added to the vista as the Taos skies are filled with dozens of brightly colored hot air balloons lifting into the clear, cold dawn of a Taos Mountain sunrise during the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally.Smaller than many such events, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crew each year.  The rally, primarily because it is smaller and more intimate, has become a popular stop for balloonists, families and crews. The event is very popular with locals, as well.  Parents and kids alike get “up-close and personal” with the balloonists every morning as the crews prepare for launch.

 

Every year on the last full weekend in October, as the trees in the high country surrounding this historic village erupt into a painter’s canvas of oranges, reds, ambers and yellows, even more color is added to the vista as the Taos skies are filled with dozens of brightly colored hot air balloons lifting into the clear, cold dawn of a Taos Mountain sunrise.
 
The Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Association, the non-profit group that orgainizes and puts on the event each year, is a small, dedicated group of volunteers who work nearly year-round to make sure the rally is safe, filled with events and experiences and visiting pilots, crews and families are given the best in Taos hospitality.  Local businesses donate thousands of dollars in sponsorship and lodging for the pilots and crews.  Other businesses, artists and crafts people donate prizes, auction items and more.  The Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is truly a Taos community event!
 

This year, 2013 marks the 31st Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally. Smaller than many such events, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crew each year.  The rally, primarily because it is smaller and more intimate, has become a popular stop for balloonists, families and crews. The event is very popular with Taosenos, as well.  Parents and kids alike get “up-close and personal” with the balloonists every morning as the crews prepare for launch.

Red Rock Balloon Rally

“…adventure-seeking balloonists soar above the magnificent canyons where movie producers still film Western epics”

“…adventure-seeking balloonists soar above the magnificent canyons where movie producers still film Western epics”

More than 200 balloons from across the country will take to the skies for the annual Red Rock Balloon Rally near Gallup.

Frequently described as a balloonist’s paradise, a highly prized invitation to this event – the second largest balloon event in the world – offers pilots the opportunity to compete for fine Native American Arts and crafts. You’ll want to have your camera ready as these rainbow colored giants come to life.

The Red Rocks are the cemented sands of a fossilized beach, colored by dissolved iron seeping down from more recent volcanic activity, and then worn smooth by Anasazi residents who carved hand and toe holds into the walls to reach the mesa tops. Now, adventure-seeking balloonists soar above the magnificent canyons where movie producers still film Western epics. This is the only ballooning event where spectators are encouraged to become active participants by joining balloon chase crews. The Red Rock Balloon Rally partners with many area service organizations to help provide funding for local service activities.

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Event Information

Dates: February 9, 2013 – February 10, 2013
Time: 7am launch both days
Admission: Free

Balloon Fiesta Park
5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway
Neighborhood: Balloon Fiesta Park/N I-25
Phone: 505-265-2865
http://www.hotairballooning.org/index.php?page=rght_friends-lovers-rally

Bring your family, a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and enjoy the view as a close-knit group of local balloon pilots launch up to 135+ hot air balloons over Valentine’s Day weekend.

  • Coordinator: Colleen Johnson
  • eMail: FriendsandLovers@hotairballooning.org

This well attended rally is held each year near Valentine’s Day at the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque Balloon Museum will be hosting a breakfast at the rally on February 9th

In conjunction with the Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum is offering a breakfast from 6-10am. Tickets include a breakfast buffet, cash bar, admission to the Balloon Museum, entertainment, free shuttle service to Balloon Fiesta Park for the Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally, as well as raffle prizes including a hot air balloon ride and more.

Information

Dates: February 9, 2013
Time: 6-10am
Admission: $30 per person, $5 for children 4-12


Albuquerque Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Neighborhood: Balloon Fiesta Park/N I-25
Phone: 505-768-6020
http://www.cabq.gov/balloon

Contact Information

Name: Linda Hubley
Department: Balloon Museum
Phone: (505) 768-6020

Physical Address

9201 Balloon Museum NE

Albuquerque NM 87113

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1293

Albuquerque NM 87103