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Posted: 10/08/18 11:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have RV reservations for the Fiesta starting Wednesday night with entry starting at noon that day. Should I get there early to get in line, right at noon or a bit later. It’s our first time so not sure what works best.

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I'll be the first to welcome you to Albuquerque. I can't really help with your question since I live here and have not camped on the balloon fiesta grounds. I would guess that any time around noon would be good since everything is pretty much over by 10am or so. The weather is not looking very good for later in the week. The balloons went up on Saturday and today but did not go up yesterday. Wednesday and Thursday look like the best days this week for good weather. Rain is forecast for next weekend but hopefully it will just be showers in the afternoon. I hope you have a great time.

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Posted: 10/08/18 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's first come first parked so getting there a bit early is better than a bit late. We are parked in the President's campground and we have 2 extra field passes for 9-10-11 if anyone needs them. Send me a PM. We were here on the 6th, had no reservation for the 7th and returned today for the next few days. So far things have been awesome. Even the other day when there was no launch, everyone inflated and the field was packed. Looking forward to some awesome weather the next few days.


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We have great memories of the time we were there. I don't think I've ever seen so many people smiling continuously all day. Have a great time.





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Can one camp close enough to the Fiesta action to walk to it, or do you have to have a toad to run between where you camp and it?

(We don't tow in our 24 foot RV, so must drive it everywhere when on trips.)


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Towed vehicles are a disaster. The monumental traffic jams we see here during Balloon Fiesta would cause you to rethink plans really fast. And even if you decided to leave at 4:00 am to get there, you'd find parking to be next to impossible.

The fiesta RV parking fields are all either within walking distance or shuttle distance. If your RV club is holding an event there, that'll be your best bet every time! The field for the clubs is literally feet from the launch fields.

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Can one camp close enough to the Fiesta action to walk to it, or do you have to have a toad to run between where you camp and it?

(We don't tow in our 24 foot RV, so must drive it everywhere when on trips.)


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We have been twice but camped with an Airstream group and were right down next to the field. It was amazing, something we will never forget. While there we did a lot of walking and bike riding around the grounds. There are many areas to park your trailer around the perimeter. We did notice that most of them had shuttle service. I would not plan on driving in. Like someone has already stated, it is a mess with people and cars.


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The most reasonable camping is the dry camping area on the grounds at the south end of the lift-off area. It's also a great area to watch the balloons go low and right over your RV. Sometimes they even land there. You can walk or the free shuttles come by every 10-15 minutes or so. It goes up and down the rows of RVs. If you're walking and the shuttle approaches just wave and it will stop for you. It runs all day and night long.


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UPDATE. Arrived at around 11:30 A.M. There were probably a dozen vehicles ahead of us and they were checking people in. So, half an hour before official start is not too early.

We took a walk around 2:00 and line was triple in length.

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We have been 3 times. First time with reservations, owners group, other 2 times no reservations.

Last year we rolled in on Tuesday just after noon. No line. Loads of spaces. Got a site in the third lane in. Shuttles to launch field are frequent but we walked the few times we went to the launch field. JMO but you get the best views from the dry camping area anyway.

There is a good chance that some will land right in the camping area.

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