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Rainbow Ryders

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Address: 5601 Eagle Rock Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113-1765
Phone Number: +1 505-823-1111
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"The Experience of a Lifetime Happening Right Now!" Rainbow...

"The Experience of a Lifetime Happening Right Now!" Rainbow Ryders Inc. Hot AIr Balloon Company is proudly celebrating 30 years of flight experience. Offering hot air balloon rides first thing in the morning at sunrise year round and sunset flights in the winter months. Enjoy your hour long flight over the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, upon landing you will be welcomed back to the ground with a celebratory toast and a light continental breakfast as you are presented your commemorative flight certificate. We have proudly flown over 170,000 passengers and are the official balloon ride operator of the Worlds Largest Balloon Event. Flying in PHOENIX and ALBUQUERQUE year round!

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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
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Great exprience even in the cold winter

We travelled to New Mexico and tried to take a hot balloon trip despite of the cold winter (it snowed two days ago). It's good that Rainbow Ryder took us and we got a small hot... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lei J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We travelled to New Mexico and tried to take a hot balloon trip despite of the cold winter (it snowed two days ago). It's good that Rainbow Ryder took us and we got a small hot balloon of 4 passengers. The pilot, Dean Donley, was amazing in his skills: it could fly very low so you see the shallow on... More 

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2 Thank Lei J
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

We are so excited to hear that even in the cold you enjoyed your flight! Thank you for traveling to New Mexico and flying with us, and we hope to see you in the future. Soft landings, RR More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time with Dean Donley (our pilot) even letting my 7-year old "co-pilot" and help pack up the balloon at the end. I felt safe and loved the experience.

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2 Thank Catrina D
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing us to partake in this experience with you both! I am sure Dean appreciated the extra help from your 7-year old in “co-piloting” the balloon, so it was a win-win for both. We hope to fly with you guys soon. Continue adventuring, RR More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an absolute must do experience! We felt so comfortable and safe and assured with this company and with our amazing pilot! It was a blast. I really don't have the words to describe how epically cool this was...just DO IT! And the staff at RR are professional, intelligent, and awesome.

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Thank debbiebiery
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this review! We always strive to put safety first, so we are happy to hear you felt that shine through during your experience with our company. Thank you for flying with us. Continue adventuring, RR More 

California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family had the rare opportunity to fly during the balloon fiesta. We were excited about the ride and even got to the launch field 30min early. Check-in was smooth. Then we were escorted to our respective balloons. It was so hard to keep on track due to the glorious distraction that we had to walk through. It was an... More 

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1 Thank DamianPollock
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

We are so very excited to hear that you enjoyed your Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta experience! Flying during the festival creates such a beautifully unique experience for your bucket list adventure. CJ will greatly appreciate your kind words, and we will be sure to pass them along. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed his wealth of experience in... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The day was perfect for a hot air balloon ride and Dean Donley gave us a glorious ride! He's very knowledgeable about the area and ballooning, the perfect host! From takeoff to the champagne toast and balloonist prayer, it couldn't have been better!

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3 Thank lindaleway
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

We are so glad that from start to finish it was a memorable experience for you all. Dean is extremely talented and has a wealth of knowledge, and he will be very happy to hear that you thought he was the perfect host. Thank you so much for flying with us, and we hope to see you again! Soft landings,... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

October 6, 2016 – Awoke at 3:30am, hopped in the rental car, picked up our friend, Mark, and arrived at the Hot Air Balloon Festival parking lot around 4:30am. We were well ahead of the crowd and got a great parking spot just outside Gate 9. At 5am, we entered through Gate 9 and found the Rainbow Ryder breakfast tent.... More 

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Thank JerryH9905
RainbowRyders1, Chief Pilot - Rainbow Ryders PHX at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Dear Jerry, First and foremost I would like to apologize immensely for not meeting your expectations of your flight during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Our passengers' satisfaction is always our ultimate goal, second only to safety. As you mentioned balloons are highly dependent upon wind conditions. Pilots are only able to control direction by changing altitude. There is no other... More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a spectacular morning for our first hot air balloon ride. We were assigned to Troy Bradley's balloon, and is he ever GREAT! There were 12 in our gondola, in addition to Troy. An expert team got the balloon up quickly, helped some passengers climb in, and were waiting for us on our return where we toasted with champagne... More 

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RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

We are very excited to hear how much you enjoyed the entire flight! Troy is a very talented pilot with a wealth of knowledge and lot of experience, so we are glad you enjoyed him. We will be sure to pass along the kind words. Thank you so much for flying high with us, and we hope you come see... More 

Davie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Outstanding job by Dean Donley and his crew! What a spectacular view and wonderful time. One more check off on the bucket list! A must do!

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2 Thank rm0gey3
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Awesome! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Albuquerque from above. Dean and the crew will definitely appreciate the kind words. Continue checking off the bucket list, RR More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Soooo happy we chose THIS COMPANY to fly with!!! From start to finish,Troy Bradley was the best pilot one could ask for. As this was our inaugural ride, his confidence and experience (he's crossed both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans by balloon, and that's just for starters!!!) was clear and comforting. The sunrise flight was gorgeous and exhilarating (he even... More 

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Thank LisaduBuscMiller
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Thank you so much for flying with us, and for sharing the gorgeous photos you took! You chose a beautiful day to see the Albuquerque scenery, and the rainbow looks like it topped it all off perfectly. We are very fortunate to have Troy as one of our pilots, and as you heard, he has quite a bit of experience.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We was first timers and it was a Anniversary / bucket list Pilot Dean and his crew was very friendly and knowledgeable kept us in the loop at all times we enjoyed the high altitude and landed safely they are very professional and fun guys to hang with we will return soon wanna try the sun rise tour next thanks... More 

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2 Thank Christine B
RainbowRyders1, General Manager at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review

Dean is an awesome pilot with a wealth of knowledge, so we are very glad that you enjoyed him and the crew for your first balloon ride. Thank you for flying with us, and providing this kind review. We hope to soar with you all again. Soft landings, RR More 

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