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int. balloon fiesta 186x130Imagine that you have a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking landscapes rolling beneath you. Imagine you are part of this serene blue sky, a quiet observer from above of everything going on below.

Fanciful balloons - marvelous, mysterious, colorful balloons - evoke all of the wonder and fun of childhood’s simplest joys. Relive those magical days of youth in New Mexico. Floating high above this storied landscape of cities, villages and wide-open plains in a hot-air balloon is both a grand adventure and peaceful and meditative experience.

With nearly a million visitors each year, Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta may be the world’s largest and best-known ballooning event – but it is not alone, as balloons set sail across New Mexico year-round. Balloon festivals in Taos, White Sands, Gallup and Elephant Butte join with Albuquerque to make hot-air ballooning in New Mexico and year-round adventure.

For more than three decades, guests from all over the world come to Albuquerque to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Generally this event takes place the second week of October.

The New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There's something for everyone to enjoy . . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more.

Elephant Butte Inn and Spa - Accommodation

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Whether you are coming for pleasure or business, you will enjoy all the wonderful amenities Elephant Butte Inn & Spa has to offer! The Ivory Tusk Restaurant & Tavern has delicious food and great spirits! Need a ride to or from the T or C Municipal Airport? We provide a complimentary airport shuttle for our guests!

Elephant Butte Area Information

The Elephant Butte Inn has an ideal location with ever changing views of the lake and surrounding desert. You can hike to nearby Elephant Butte Lake enjoying nature trails leading to the State Park where local wildlife and stunning vistas await!

Elephant Butte Lake is the largest in New Mexico, well known for trophy size fish, including striper, bass and wall eye. Boat rentals, jet skis, and fishing guides are available at the nearby marinas.

Enjoy activities in Elephant Butte and nearby Truth or Consequences such as:

New Mexico's comfortable year round climate is perfect for summer recreation and winter excursions.

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