The Balloon Fiesta Ride is a fun way to view the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta while avoiding the crowds and all the traffic. The best viewpoint depends on which way the balloons are drifting due to the winds. The rides usually start early since the first wave of the mass ascensions start at 7:00 am on the two Saturdays and Sundays.
The ride follows the North Diversion Channel bike path to the Paseo del Norte Bike path which gives a good view of the Balloon Park from the South.
During the Fiesta a bike valet service will watch your bike while you enjoy the festivities.
Lights are required since the rides start early. At this time of year it can be pretty cold. Bring breakfast goodies or meet for brunch afterwards.
Distance: 8.0 miles, 250 ft. elevation gain.
Getting There: This ride starts at the University Observatory at Tucker and Yale north of Lomas.
Roadway: North Diversion Channel and Paseo del Norte Bike path bike paths.
Options: The Sandia Crest provides an interesting view of the balloons. They are pretty far away but a pair of binoculars gives a good view. It is totally dark and really cold starting out, lights are needed.
If you can't bicycle, take the "Park and Ride" buses. It's worth it to skip the traffic.
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