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Posted: 09/24/19 11:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of the bucket list type things the Mrs & I have is to take in the big annual balloon fest but we're unsure how to approach it from the RV side of things. We're thinking perhaps the 2020 one would be a target to attend.

Thought is to go there in the motorhome & stay for x-amt of days (2-3, maybe more?).

Any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated as we checked out their website & are still not feeling which is the best option for people like us (more of less we're weekenders with a medium sized RV & usually rolling with our dogs).

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Posted: 09/24/19 12:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My brother and his wife are going this year. However, they waited to make reservations and the closer RV parks were all full. They could only get one that was quite a distance away.


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Posted: 09/24/19 12:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As an Albuquerque resident, I'll get the suggestions rolling. RV and Motel reservations fill up quick. Book a spot as soon as possible and cancel if plans change. Same goes for the area campgrounds.

A TOAD makes many more things convenient. Public transport to the fiesta grounds is provided by either the RailRunner train system and the local school buses are enlisted for Park and Ride services from places all over town. The Park and Ride doesn't change much from year to year and can be used planning RV locations.

The Balloon Fiesta is very dependent upon the weather. Add flexibility to your itinerary by planning to stay in the area for the week but not necessarily at the fiesta grounds in case the weather forces a change to your plans. There are many mountain camping opportunities (RV park and primitive) within an hour of the fiesta grounds. There are some beautiful places accessible with your rig.

If you'd like more specific suggestions of places to stay and things to do, please feel free to reach out.

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Posted: 09/24/19 12:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Two Hands - Would love to hear what they thought if you get any feedback from them post-fiesta!

Cliff - Will take you up on your offer! We're thinking it'd be cool to stay at the fiesta grounds (at least for maybe 2 nights) but have no idea what the difference really is between the options they have to pick from. I lived in NM for a # of years but not in the ABQ area although I am a bit familiar with ABQ & the surrounding area. I took full advantage of the NM outdoors back in the day... absolutely killer place to do nature for sure.

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RV park rates go through the roof.


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Posted: 09/24/19 01:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've never been to this, but wouldn't there be some boondocking spots nearby?

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We went some years ago. Stayed at Enchanted Trails RV Park (with reservations far ahead). They offered a shuttle van to take us to and from the festival grounds (for a fee). Much less hassle for us. Have no idea what goes on now, but you might call a few RV parks to find out if they do this.

I've heard that staying at the festival grounds is the best experience though.


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Janss wrote:



I've heard that staying at the festival grounds is the best experience though.


Kinda what I've heard as well that's why I'm thinking of taking a run at staying there for at least a couple of days.

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How far in advance are reservations suggested and or excepted by local campgrounds or the festival it self


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Went to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in Oct 2018 and enjoyed the heck out of it. Here are our observations.

1) absolutely get your reservations as early as possible, as they do go quickly, especially for the weekends and especially for the on-site campgrounds.
2) because half the action on weekends and ALL of the action during the week happens right at dawn, get yourself booked into on-site camping so you don't have to get up at midnight and fight your way into the festival grounds. Trust me on this, there is a HUGE difference between getting up at 5 or 6 am and walking to the festival vs getting up at 3 or 4 am, driving to the festival grounds (or better, to one of the shuttle sites). Camping fees are through the roof anyway, and only $10 or so cheaper off-site.
3) be aware that on-site camping is nearly all boon docking, so be prepared to bring your own water and electric.

I think reservations open up right after the end of the festival. That is not too soon to get yours.

The sights, the sounds, and the beauty of a thousand (give or take a few hundred) balloons of all sizes, shapes, and descriptions launching or even just lighting up the grounds/sky is a sight to behold. Take a good camera with you, you are going to need it.

My bride (of now 51 years, that was our present to each other last year for 50 years of wedded bliss) and I highly recommend this event.





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