Road Runner Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Karen Lyons

The Road Runners Club is planning a “bucket list” trip in October 2022 to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. You will visit a world-renowned attraction that has existed for more than four decades. With over 600 balloons, it is the largest and most photographed ballooning event on earth. In addition to viewing the event, you will also experience Old Town Albuquerque and the natural beauty and history of Santa Fe.

You will begin the tour on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Albuquerque, N.M., with a welcome dinner.

Day two is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip—Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta. Watch as the balloons launch in one of the most spectacular displays of sound and color in all aviation. Then in the afternoon, you will visit Old Town Albuquerque. Savor the unique fusion of Mexican, Native American, and Spanish heritages. Experience a “must-do” as you embark on a bucket-list ride along the eclectic Route 66. Then enjoy some time in Old Town to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants. Return to the fiesta grounds to experience the grandeur of the Balloon Fiesta by moonlight. The breathtaking event of balloons lit from within at night is known as “Balloon Glow.”

On the third day, you will explore the rich history of Albuquerque. Since before the Cold War, New Mexico has been known as a hub for covert military projects. Today, this fascinating history unfolds at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, where you will go on an intriguing journey that includes details of the Manhattan Project. Later that afternoon, visit the gateway to the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

On Tuesday, the fourth day of the trip, you will leave Albuquerque for Santa Fe, traveling via the historic Turquoise Trail. Prehistoric peoples made their homes here, Spanish missionaries explored the area, and many battles were fought over this land. Once in Santa Fe, a local guide joins us on an open-air tram as we tour the renowned Santa Fe Plaza, including the Miraculous Staircase at the Loretto Chapel. Enjoy time to discover the many shops and many art museums that Santa Fe is known for. That night, enjoy a reception at the hotel.

Day five in Santa Fe is yours to explore Santa Fe independently. With so much to see and do in this Southwestern city, you will visit a museum or one of the many art galleries on Canyon Road. A special treat awaits at the Santa Fe School of Cooking.

Thursday, it is time to go back to the Ranch with wonderful memories of the spectacular Balloon Fiesta.

First come, first served availability, space secured through March 25 with a $300 deposit per person. Only two hotel stays, three nights in Albuquerque and two nights in Santa Fe, hotel transfers to and from the airport are included.

Contact Brandt Travel for more information at 703-715-2910 or [email protected], or visit the Road Runner website at