The Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest assembly of hot-air balloons in the world. It has been held annually during the first week of October since 1971.
The 2009 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta takes place October 3 - 11, 2009.
International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta's office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
Balloon Fiesta Park is located at 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113
Latitude N 35º 11.8' Longitude W 106º 35.8'
Updated 05/14/09 1:31a
Temperature: 68.8 F
Wind: 8.0 mph From SW (218 Deg.)
10 Minute Avg. Wind Speed = 13.0 mph
Station Pressure: 29.598 in
3 Hour Pressure Trend: Rising Slowly
Sunrise 6:03a Sunset 8:03p
Hot Air Balloon Photos
A crowd gathers near the balloons prior to the mass ascent at the Albuquerque Internationl
Balloon Fiesta -- the largest event of its kind in the world.
Traffic controllers in their striped uniforms do a superb job in launching the balloons during the mass ascent
Propane burners heat the air in the balloon, inflating it, so it can
achieve an upright attitude prior to launch. Shenzhen
The Mass Ascent
The flame from the propane burner heats and expands the air in the balloon so it will rise.
spectators get a close up view of the mass ascent
Balloons from around the world produce a rainbow of colors that fill the morning sky
balloons in stages of ascent
Our balloon rises high over the Albuquerque balloon field
balloons in flight
The pilot is reaching for the propane burner to increase the air temperature within the balloon so it will rise.
balloon's gondola and central cavity
Chiquita meets Uncle Sam
stork balloon as seen from my balloon ride
Wide-field view of hot-air balloons over the Rio Grande River near Albuquerque, New Mexico
Balloons skim the trees and waterways near Albuquerque, New Mexico
Heating the air results in balloon expansion and ascent
Tony the Tiger balloon
Balloon river reflection