One of the most memorable ways to experience New Mexico’s spectacular landscapes is by floating high above it all in a hot air balloon. Opportunities abound across the entire state, from soaring over the stunning Rio Grande Gorge in Taos to joining the Red Rock Balloon Rally in Gallup. The most iconic is the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, which occurs every fall (October 1-9, 2016). Watch or, better yet, ride along as more than 500 multicolored balloons take to the clear-blue skies, then stick around for music and fireworks.
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