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otrfun

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Posted: 11/01/21 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Veebyes wrote:

Otrfun, you might specify exactly where you were camping.

The onsite camping overlooking the launch field & between the launch field & Alameda is jammed. These are the areas that have power availability. You pay a hefty premium to be in these areas. There are plenty who simply MUST have power, so they pay.

The dry camping area on the other side of Alameda is massive. There is a balloon landing area within this huge space. Weather permitting, the balloons fly everyday. This is why if you miss the first weekend it is really no big deal. They are just as spectacular every other day.
Veebyes, we were camped on the south side of Alameda (close to the southernmost fence line just north of Paseo Del Norte). Got a beautiful site on a knoll that overlooked the entire dry camping area south of Alameda. Yes, it's a massive area, but nonetheless every single RV spot was filled with few exceptions. We rode our bikes around all the RV camping areas and the area surrounding the launch field (to include the VIP RV sites next to the launch field) at least twice a day and noticed very little to no empty RV sites anywhere.

We inquired about the Balloon Fiesta a little over two years ago here on rv.net. At that time someone also replied there was no need to make reservations, that there would be plenty of availability (especially during the week). I'm sorry to say this is simply not what we experienced when we attended last month. So glad we were able to make reservations back in Oct 2019. These reservations rolled over to the 2021 BF. No 2020 BF due to Covid.

Bottom line, if you're unable to make an online reservation for an RV site at balloonfiesta.com the morning of 5 Jan 2022, your odds of getting an RV site at the Balloon Fiesta Park for the Oct 2022 Balloon Fiesta are very low. They do have a waiting list, but it quickly fills to capacity, too.

We are in agreement on one thing though: the views of the balloons were simply spectacular!!

* This post was last edited 11/02/21 09:21am by otrfun *   View edit history

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Posted: 11/03/21 12:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the info.


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