Albuquerque Balloon Festival 2017: How To Create the Perfect Experience in Santa Fe!

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Albuquerque Balloon Festival 2017 Tips

Coming to New Mexico for the 2017 Albuquerque Balloon Festival (the official name is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta)? Looking for a better use of your valuable vacation time than waiting for a park spot to open, backups to balloon fiesta park on I-25 to clear, waiting in line for a seat at an Albuquerque restaurant during fiesta? Well, we have a few valuable tips to share and ideas for New Mexico travelers wanting to create an enchanting 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta experience!

WHERE TO STAY: In Santa Fe! Find a comfortable, delightful place in downtown to maximize your time, convenience and experience. After all, you’ve traveled a long way, why not make the most out of it? Making Santa Fe your base is a smart idea and there’s plenty of unique, distinctive Santa Fe lodging options for you to choose from. We are partial to locally reflective, historic accommodations highlighting Old Santa Fe architecture, culture and warm hospitality.  Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast is located in a prime downtown Santa Fe location- walking distance to shops, galleries, museums, the plaza, historic sites and is 3 blocks from the Downtown Railrunner station! Over 300 restaurants are in the downtown historic district and thus this popular historic adobe pueblo bed and breakfast inn is definitely one to consider. Pueblo Bonito’s knowledgeable staff can guide guests with valuable tips to enhance their time in Santa Fe, in New Mexico and at Balloon Fiesta. If incumbent weather were to ensue during Balloon Fiesta, you’re Santa Fe base really pays off! Switch you plans easily and tour this 400 yr old historic capitol city with it’s world renown museums, shops and galleries! Take a walk on the Old Santa Fe trail (this brought the covered wagons to southwest US) and tour historic sites like the San Miguel Mission, Oldest House or Loretto Chapel; stroll Canyon Rd or visit a museum (O’keeffe, Folk Art, Palace of Governors, etc.)! Change your plans to visit a National Monument like Bandelier, Tent Rocks or Pecos-any provide a great alternative if Balloons are unable to ascend!

TRANSPORTATION: If you base yourself in Santa Fe, then you must drive to Albuquerque Balloon Festival park for the events you are planning to see. The Balloon Fiesta Mass Assencions and Glows are glorious and we recommend planning ahead. Transportation and parking are two items you need to be aware of. Alternatives to driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque as follows:

If you’re staying at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn in downtown Santa Fe – away from the gridlock of Albuquerque Balloon Festival traffic consider having someone else transport you to and from Balloon Fiesta Park especially on the most popular viewing events like Mass Ascension and Glows:

Roundtrip Transportation Options (Santa Fe to Balloon Fiesta Park and back):

New Mexico Railrunner:

The New Mexico Rail Runner has teamed up with the Fiesta Express Park & Ride service to bring you the train – bus combo ticket!

Dates for this service:

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017

Click TICKETS for information about this service and to order your tickets!

Click SHUTTLE SCHEDULE for information on pickup schedules for Railrunner. Note: Guests of Pueblo Bonito b&b should pick up Railrunner at Downtown Santa Fe Depot (3 blocks from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn). See southbound schedule- get off at JC with free shuttle bus to balloon fiesta park. Reverse to return to Santa Fe.

Click IMPORTANT INFORMATION on Railrunner Balloon Festival Shuttle, Tickets, dates and more:


New Mexico Wine Tours

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Let New Mexico Wine Tours pick you up at Pueblo Bonito b&b and drive you to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival park!

Dates for Service:

Morning Events:

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Sunday, October 15, 2017

Evening Events:

  • Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Friday, October 13, 2017


Click BOOK for transportation with New Mexico WineTours.

Click TICKETS for 2017 Balloon Fiesta entry tickets.

Cost – roundtrip $80.00 per person – Does not include your ticket into the festival!

(Admission tickets to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival Events are not included: $10 for Adults –

Buy when you get there or in advance online- see above TICKETS).