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Old 10-01-2019, 09:55 AM
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Default Nm ballon fest.

Anyone going to ballon fest New Mexico, my first trip me and wife last minute where to stay? 10,11,12th
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:06 AM
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Default ABQ Int'l Balloon Fiesta

Have attended several years in past as both pilot and spectator.

For spectators, early launches require very early wakeups due to heavy traffic getting to Fiesta field.

Recommend lodging close to field as possible if available and within your budget. Hotels fill up fast and are pricey during Fiesta week.

Check the AIBF website under the "Lodging" tab for specific hotel suggestions.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:10 AM
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Been there in 2012 and got a ride thanks Carl!

Our fellow RVator and balloonist Noah Forden is participating in a race this year https://balloonfiesta.com/Americas-Challenge-Live
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:11 AM
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Purely by chance, my wife and I will be on a road trip through the Southwest next week. ABQ, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Monument Valley, a few other points of interest. I guess we won't be spending the night in or around Albuquerque. As much as we love seeing balloons, we don't like traffic jams and big crowds.
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:13 PM
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Default Ballon fest

Thanks all.
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:50 PM
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Default Recommend the ABQ Fiesta, at least once!

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Been there in 2012 and got a ride thanks Carl!

Our fellow RVator and balloonist Noah Forden is participating in a race this year https://balloonfiesta.com/Americas-Challenge-Live
My pleasure Vlad! Guy and I really enjoyed your visit to ABQ, and Iím hoping the Fiesta jacket is holding up well. Guy is still there, but Iíll be MIA this year.

Yes, it is crowded, like Osh is crowded. However each of those events I strongly recommend for people interested in flight. And at least once in a lifetime, the experiences are worth the challenges associated with the crowds.

If you connect with a local pilot or crew you may gain some advantages...

The typical cool clear mornings of the Fiesta, with hundreds of balloons launching in waves, make beautiful unforgettable memories. I hope to share them and Osh, at least once, with grandchildren someday...

Carl
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Old 10-01-2019, 07:56 PM
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Default Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

My wife and I went last year... Flew into and tied down in Santa Fe. Rented a car. Stayed the first 2 nights at Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel. Booked a King room, they upgraded us to beautiful suite at no extra charge. Never hurts to ask . Then stayed a night up in Sante Fe. Priceline'd a last minute room and got Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza. Great trip. Beautiful event. Was a great way to spend my 52nd birthday...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FkL2G9GEvI&t=2081s
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