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Posted: 09/24/19 04:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We made plans to go once... Found out that prices were inflated and all the parks had a minimum 3 night stay rule. You don't have to stay, but you have to pay for 3 nights no matter what. We decided against it


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Posted: 09/24/19 07:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stay on-site at the dry-camping area adjacent to the entrance to the launch field. You can fill-up your water tank on-site. It's a tremendous experience! Call for reservations on the Monday after this year's fiesta closes.


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It was on my wife’s bucket list also. She booked it a year in advance so we stayed right on the grounds in an area called the box. Basically a big parking lot surrounding a open field. Turned out this field was one of the main landing areas for the balloons! It’s an incredible experience and I would highly recommend it.
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Posted: 09/25/19 06:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We went a few years ago and it was an incredible experience. We decided to blow the bank roll and we signed up with Adventure Caravans. It was a fantastic experience and worth the $$$.
We had excellent camping facilities with water & electric supplied + a pump out service came through mid week. It was an 11 day experience. Breakfast and dinner were provided daily, the shuttle bus stopped amidst the RV's, many of the balloons came down in the camping area. On some days, bus tours were provided in the area to local attractions. In the evening we could sit outside the RV and watch the nightly fireworks. We were close enough that we could walk to the grounds during the day if we wished. There were some vendors to check out.

Balloon activities are early in the morning (5 am) and the evening.
If you only plan to be there 3 days and the weather is not favorable, the balloons won't go up and you are out of luck.

We were really glad we went this route despite the cost - it was well worth it for a do once experience.


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Posted: 09/25/19 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Evidently, the fiesta is making a change this year to parking and RV arrangements. It will be interesting to see what people think of it.

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-balloon-........kFmJLBRmDP_-vzjL7NAnD0qBP7nD6qll7LYim85I

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Posted: 09/25/19 11:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Registration opens for the on-site RV parking a few days after the fiesta ends. So if you're looking at 2020, plan to register in early October of this year. In previous years, there was a very lax cancellation policy (i.e. 100% refund up until July).

Personally, for the experience, it's the Fiesta RV Parking or bust. I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else.

The spots there are either:
- dry camping with no utilities (either across the road in the south lot or closer with a big price difference)
- water + electric (either across the road in the south lot or in king's accommodations overlooking the fiesta field, but that's $$$$$)

There are water fill and pump out service trucks that come around for a fee. I believe that there are a few water filling locations for getting free water if you can go fetch it.

The quiet time (i.e. no generator) from 10pm to 5am.

The spots are incredibly tight. You're nuts to butts with your neighbors. And you have to squeeze your tow vehicle/toad into your spot. If you extend into the road, they'll come talk to you.

Portable generators have to be 2' off of the ground because the site is an old dump and the worry is methane may ignite. No campfires (including propane fire pits) allowed.

We went in 2017 and are going again this year. We stay for the full 2 weeks (but we're fulltimers- I work during the day while my wife and kids go play). I do recommend staying for as long as you possible can.

Tickets to the Fiesta grounds were they launch the balloons are cheapest from Costco.

If you're able bodied, sign up to help volunteer to crew and launch balloons. OR, hang out in the RV park near the landing box to help catch them. It's an amazing experience.

Here's an article I wrote:
https://www.fulltimefamilies.com/fulltim........ilies-at-the-albuquerque-balloon-fiesta/

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Posted: 09/26/19 05:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We went several years ago via a FMCA trip. About a week. Daily activities and side trips. Stayed on the grounds, had E and W with mid week S clean out.

Well worth it.

As others have said, weather dictates if they fly or not. Afternoons not much but with side trips built in it was a great experience.


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Book now for 2020 and you may have problems even now. RV parks fill for 40-50 miles any direction & as mentioned fees will double. One of the larger new is the RT 66 casino, about 25 miles out and I do not know if they take reservations.
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Posted: 10/01/19 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We went last year. Camped in the festival grounds South of the Festival. Somethings to beware of - People ran their gens ALL of the time from before 5am and after 10pm (people pushed the quite time rule), we had more fumes and exhaust then driving in rush hour traffic, It is crowded, big time like New York Time Square on the balloon field no matter how early you get there, big lines at everything (food, entrance, etc.), Weather can be freezing or boiling hot & Wind shuts the whole thing down. Glad we did it ONCE, removed from bucket list!
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Posted: 10/02/19 01:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In case it helps anyone, here is a video showing the drive from I-25 North (we were coming from I-40) showing the drive to the Fiesta grounds (and specifically into the South RV Parking area to the Cemetery section).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvRm-nHaryA

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