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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico


5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113
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Sites: 1000
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.18991
Longitude: -106.60019

Elevation: 5077' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly no
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: October, 2019 - $82.00
Overall Rating:

Bare dirt parking lot with hundreds of rigs packed pretty tightly together, but room for slide-out and awning and long enough. Electricity and water. The balloons frequently go right over the RV park and even land right in it. Awesome experience. Shuttle buses to the launch field. This is the absolute best way to see the balloon fiesta. No dealing with crazy traffic. Volunteers super helpful and friendly. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 71
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $100.00
Overall Rating:

We are members of Monaco International and this was rally-style dry camping at the West VIP lot just south of the launch field. Our club rate included 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts and appetizers at Social Hours. It's difficult to get into this lot unless you're a member of a group because of its location. Although we could see the balloons launching from our front window, we went down onto the field to get up close & personal. Generators are allowed except for "quiet hours" and water trucks & honey wagons could be utilized for a fee. THE place to be for Balloon Fiesta! A Balloon landed directly in front us in our Social Area between the Host Coaches! Ours was a 4-night package for $475 for the 2 of us. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

SO much going on during Fiesta- dawn & 7 am launches, night glows (tethered balloons), vendors, food & FUN! Launches can be cancelled due to winds; our last morning launch was, so plan on at least 2-3 days!

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for the Balloon Fiesta, rate reflects 1/2 price for night prior to fiesta. Nothing but a gravel parking lot and they pack you in. We were told that 7000 campers were in the standard lot. No hook-ups, they did have porta potties and garbage cans. Our neighbor ran their generator non stop during the hours allowed. We stayed for 4 nights and were ready to leave. But it was a perfect spot to watch the balloons. We were in the 5th row because we got there a day early. We could walk to the fiesta grounds or stay by our camper. many balloons landed right on the grounds. Fiesta museum was worth seeing. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Would recommend staying. The hostess upon arrival was polite and extremely helpful. A little road noise but really not too bad. Sites were easy in and out for our 40ft and tow. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We have been here about 2 1/2 months and are leaving now, but we enjoyed our stay here very much and will surely return if we are in the area. Spacious lots with pristine hookups and excellent condition concrete patio at each and every space. The water pressure was great, internet mostly worked; however, there are times that it does not due to weather issues I would say. This facility has an indoor and an outdoor pool, exercise room, laundry room, showers. I mean, what more could you need? Our pets were readily accepted. We leave Albuquerque with fond memories and were grateful for our time here at this campground. Thank you! We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
103
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Too many to list! Definitely find Sadie's restaurant and Old Town Albuquerque for sure!.....and don't forget the Sandia Tram!

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Review Count: 245
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 39

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park, we stayed in the newer section and it is worth the extra money. The sites are large with cement pads and nice rock between the sites. The driveways are wide and the utilities where well placed. They include a continental breakfast which was a nice touch. The only down side is there is a lot of freeway noise and that may bother some people. Would stay here again. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 157
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $150.00
Overall Rating:

The $150 a night rate gets you a spot in the temporary "Presidential" campground with water, 30 amp electric, and a few visits from the honey wagon depending on how long you stay. The site is on a bluff overlooking the entire 55-football-field-large launching area for 500+ hot air balloons during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, but you will be a few rows back from the front rank as sponsors and VIPs get the first row. Don't miss the early-morning flight preparations with balloons lit up by their propane burners as they prepare for flight. Suggest watching one mass launch from the restricted-access bluff (bring folding chairs), then going down on the field the next day to mingle with the crowd of spectators and balloonists as the craft are prepared for launch. Amazingly, some balloons are able to use winds in different directions at different heights to return to the launch site after a few hours in the air. There are mid-week contests best seen from on the field as balloonists try to throw weighted bags at targets, etc. Weather permitting, hundreds of balloons launch around 7 a.m. each morning, with the biggest mass ascensions on weekends and Wednesday of Fiesta Week. If the Balloon Fiesta is on your Bucket List, staying at the Presidential Campground is the way to see it. Other cites near the Fiesta are all dry camping. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Balloon rides are available but most expensive (over $400) on weekends during the mass launches. The weekday events attract several hundred balloons and rides cost less. On weekday afternoons, it's easy to drive in and out of the Balloon Park for groceries, side trips, etc.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 28

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a little different to rate, as it is only open during the annual Balloon Fiesta. If you want power and water, it'll cost you $60 a night (we did that for the first 4 of 14 nights), otherwise you'll be "boondocking," and your site quality will vary as the place fills up (hint: if they take you to a bad site that is really unlevel or in a hole (that can and will fill up with water during a downpour) - a distinct possibility - put up a little fuss and see if they can find you something better). They have contractors who will pump your tanks ($25 a pop) or fill up your water tank ($?).

If boondocking, be sure that your generator is in good working condition, you have a full tank of gas/diesel (if your generator draws from it), a full propane tank, a full tank of water and your house batteries are up to snuff.

This is an amazing experience!! Get up early and the balloons will often be drifting right over your rig! They land in an adjacent scrub-brush field or, sometimes, in the aisles of the park. You can walk to the balloon launch field, which is like a state fair (tons of food, gift and clothing vendors, etc.), or you can jump on a free shuttle that leaves just about all the time (the drivers are great - they'll pick you up wherever you happened to be, even if you're not in the designated pick-up spot).

Be aware that the police shuts down the main road (Alameda), which is your only way in and out of the park (there is a side entrance/exit, but when Alameda is closed, so are other roads leading to this one). Do what you need to do when the streets are open, and plan on getting back before they close, otherwise you may not be able to return until after 10 PM. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
unmarked
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

This is a bucket-list item if there ever was one, and I can't think of a better place to park your RV than here, due to the sheer craziness of the cars and traffic getting to and going from each day's activities. Shuttle busses get a special lane, and the walk isn't all that bad either.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This review is for the dry camping section. My rating reflects:

1) Convenience! You do NOT want to deal with Balloon Fiesta traffic, especially when you're already getting up early. You can walk, bike, or take the free shuttle between the lot and the Fiesta. Shuttles are frequent and have a dedicated lane so they don't sit in traffic.

2) Availability. With unlimited dry camping, there's no need to plan ahead or make reservations. Sure I would have preferred hookups, but you need to make those reservations a year in advance, they're pricey, and there's a 3-day minimum.

3) Organization. They quickly checked us in (cash or check only), gave us a swag/information bag, then took us to a site. Water and honey wagon were available, but we didn't need them.

4) Comfort. Sites are fairly level, close but not tight, and easy to get in and out of. Open dirt lot, but they keep it watered. We were fine without hookups - highs are typically mild this time of year. Prior reviewers complained about the noise and smell of neighbors' generators, but we did not experience that. In fact, it was surprisingly quiet.

5) Cost effectiveness. I was pleasantly surprised at the rate, considering our proximity to a major event, and included services like a shuttle.

6) Enjoyment. You get a good view of the Mass Ascension from the CG (but being in the field is SOOOOO much more exciting). Everyone we dealt with was helpful and professional and we were all having a great time.

Verizon and AT&T both worked well. I understand there are several broadcast channels, but with no generator we didn't watch TV.

I wouldn't hesitate to dry camp here again. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Tips for other Campers:

If you really want hookups and didn't get a reservation in time, look into joining a rally. Some of them provide power, water and honeywagon service.

Don't buy all your session tickets in advance. If a session is cancelled for weather, you can reuse the ticket.

Check into volunteering for a balloon crew - it really adds to the experience!

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We dry camped for eight days in the Escapees "Boomer" section. No hookups, but a honey wagon was contracted for $25. Water is available (for free) near registration. We camped "rally style." It was dry and a bit dusty, but the park provided water truck did a good job of wetting the roadway. The campground is across Alameda from Ballon Fiesta with free shuttle busses. To be honest, we had so much fun crewing that we had little time in the RV. Our morning departure was delayed when the wind shifted and hundreds of balloons skimmed our RVs as they touched down in the spacious field across from us. I would definitely stay here again, if for no other reason than convenience. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Boomers
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 205
States Visited: 49
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $150.00
Overall Rating:

The President's Compound is definitely the way to go to see the Balloon Fiesta. We had water & 30 amp electric but no sewer. We were entitled to one free dump from the honey wagon. We were parked on black top in a parking lot located on a bluff overlooking Balloon Fiesta Field. During the events we sat on lawn chairs on a grassy strip & had a bird's eye view of all the balloons. They flew right over our heads & the parking lot where our RV's were. We didn't have to go down to the crowded field if we didn't want to although we did have unlimited passes to do so. The cost for our stay was pricey but when you figure in the convenience & the $8 per person per event cost for the Fiesta & the $25 fee for dumping it wasn't so bad. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Site was clean and level. Minimal water pressure, Internet not always reliable. Several occupants who live in the park take up more of there allotted space with Dump Trucks and Tar Vat Trailers. Although, it's not illegal we have 5 eighteen-wheeler gravel trucks parked along the road. All occupants of the eighteen-wheeler trucks live in a trailer within the park. Indoor pool was to open at 9am every morning, but when we arrived it was still locked, you could see cockroaches floating on the surface. I think the indoor pool pump is broken. Although we are in NM the outdoor pool has not been serviced or readied for tenants and will not be until July! We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
104
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Huge number, 1600 I'm told, of RVs dry camping close to Balloon Fiesta event. Spectacular view of AM balloon launch. Free shuttle buses from park-Fiesta. Efficient volunteer check-in with personal golf cart direction and help parking, to site. Dump service and potable water available for a fee. Porta potties available throughout park. Was a nice touch to have local newspaper delivered to the coach early every AM. The city of ABQ goes out of its way to assure welcome for so many visitors. Way overpriced for what you get, but sensational way to see/attend Balloon Fiesta. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Friendly, helpful staff, sites were fairly level with plenty of room,amenities rooms were clean and in good working order. Close proximity to Camping World, just off the highway but little to no traffic noise. Easy access to Albuquerque. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $150.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the PRESIDENT section with water and power hook up. We feel the price was very expensive, but it included passes to the festival septic clean out by a truck that was servicing everyone in the PRESIDENTIAL section. We were very close to the grassy area over looking the balloon field very easy to get all the pictures we wanted. RVs were VERY, VERY close to each other. All and all we had a wonderful time and a great experience. We camped at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park in a Motorhome.

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