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Old 05-17-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Looking for info on where to stay with camper, events not to miss, hints...advice in general.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:30 PM   #2
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A few years ago we stayed at the KOA in Bernillio north of Albuquerque, drove to a local mall parking lot where we caught a shuttle bus to the balloon park, dropped off at the front gate , no traffic or parking to deal with & the KOA had a free pancake breakfast every day. If going again would do the very same.
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:06 AM   #3
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We stayed at the other KOA slightly east on I-40 - about a 20 min drive to the Balloon Park. Nice campground, but, the KOA in Bernillo-north on I-25, is way closer. You have to be there for one of the "mass assentions" and the "dawn patrol"- the balloons light up like Chinese lanterns when they hit the burners. Spectators are allowed on the field to mingle with the Balloonists - great folks who were always willing to answer our dumb questions - the photo ops are endless. It was quite chilly in the morning until the sun came up - so dress warm. Glad we went - it was really spectacular.
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:20 AM   #4
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We've been to the "Balloons" several times. Best place to stay, if you can dry camp, is at the festival RV parking. It's just across the road from the balloon field and they run shuttle busses every 15 min. or so both directions. http://www.balloonfiesta.com/guest-guide/rv-information
If the wind is just right we've seen them fly right over the RV area!
We wouldn't park anywhere else...

Edit: Because you're just across the street, Go see everything!! Mass ascension every morning. Balloon Glow at night the museum, Everything.
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:21 PM   #6
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Thank you EVERYONE for the info. Still want info on the fiesta itself. Got reservation for South Field for 3 days.
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Old 05-18-2018, 07:31 PM   #7
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Thank you EVERYONE for the info. Still want info on the fiesta itself. Got reservation for South Field for 3 days.
Here is the best event info. Good idea to get on their mailing list
http://www.balloonfiesta.com/event-info/event-schedule
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:49 AM   #8
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We stayed at the casino just west of Albuquerque forget the name. Great place. They provided a hamburger and hotdog dinner one evening and also inflated a balloon in the park. Agree dress warm. 41 degrees the morning we were there.
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