Balloon Fiesta WEEK
October 7-14 2018
8 days, 7 nights, 4 days riding, 1 day in Santa Fe, 1 day at the Balloon Fiesta
Every October people from all over the world come to New Mexico for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, one of the most photographed events in the world. With the Sandia Mountains looming above the valley and the river winding below, the hot air balloons have a perfect backdrop to fill the sky. We are the only outfitter that takes our clients riding with these picturesque globes floating overhead. We often catch them making a splash and dash in the river! Each day will be planned for optimum balloon viewing and mild terrain so that you can take as many pictures as possible. You will get up close and personal with these inflated airships when we spend the morning helping our friends at the fiesta blowing up and launching their balloon. The afternoon will be spent amongst the wide variety of vendors with local foods and arts and crafts. Don't miss unique way to experience this amazing event!
ADD ONE OF THESE EVENTS TO YOUR STAY
Rodeo De Santa Fe ~ June 21 - 24
New Mexico Sate Fair & Rodeo ~ September 9-15
What is more iconic of the southwest than a rodeo? This American tradition isn't just for the movies, it a way of life for many Cowgirls and Cowboys. Join us for a night of mutton busting, bull wrangling, and bronc riding.
Rodeo De Santa Fe, one of the oldest rodeos in the southwest, is located just minutes from the historical Santa Fe Plaza. Its an annual stop on the rodeo circuit for many of the best contenders from the nation.
The New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo combines an appreciation for agriculture, highlights local artists, and presents the biggest rodeo in the state. This event offers a variety of exhibits featuring livestock, gardening (such as the 110lb pumpkin), horse shows including, western, English, and driving, arts and crafts. Daily shows include Flamenco and Indian dancers. Also this rodeo is one of the last stops for athletes from all over the world to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo .
All prices include entree fees to events.
Santa Fe Wine Festival ~ July 1 - 2
Albuquerque Wine Festival ~ May 25-27
New Mexico wine is a hidden gem of the southwest with vineyards as old as the Spanish Missionaries. Both festival show case our local wineries where you can sample and purchase various varietals, including Hatch Green Chile white. Enjoy the day with live music, traditional foods, and handmade arts and crafts. Add one of these events to your multi day ride.
Santa Fe Wine Festival is held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the "Ranch of the Swallows." A 200-acre Spanish colonial living history museum, Las Golondrinas boasts 34 buildings, historical fields and waterways, friendly animals and costumed docents who bring our state’s past to life!
Albuquerque Wine Festival is held in the heart of the city with the Sandia Mountains towering in the distance. The day is filled with 27 different vendors to visit.
Gathering Of Nations
Pow-Wow ~ April 26-28
From the Pueblos of Taos to the southern lands of the Mescalero Apache and the many tribes in between who call New Mexico home, the Native American rich history and living culture are the multifaceted texture to our state.
The Gathering of Nations is the largest Pow-wow in North America with over 565 tribes from around the U.S. and 220 from Canada participate and compete. This event highlights the many celebrated traditions of the Native American culture, such as dancing, singing, drumming, bead work, costumes, jewelry, pottery, and weaving. Watch as Miss Indian World is crowned, feast on native dishes, and experience the ageless customs of so many Native American Tribes.
Late September - Early October
Book your retreat in the fall and explore the colors of the autumn leaves as they change. The mountains are gilded in golden aspens and the river banks are quilted with red and yellow cotton woods. This time of year in New Mexico is a photographer's dream.