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Old 07-03-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
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advice on Balloon Fiesta

My husband and I and friends are heading for the Balloon Fiesta in Albequeque this year. Also going to Moab, Canyonlands area. Any tips and/or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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Old 07-03-2012, 07:54 AM   #2
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Hello, You should have reservations in the main rv area. It is easy in and out. The view of everything is great and easy walk down to the field. There is water hookups and the honey truck comes thru every day for a small fee. You don,t need to be at rv for them to dump. Spaces are very tight. You might want to bring a y-conection for the water hookup, we had to share with another rv. We stayed 4 days and had a lot of fun. Don

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Old 07-03-2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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Go to the Sherriffs Posse arena for a campsite. they have 30-50 amp, water and will arrange pumpouts (for a fee) if needed. the arena is just below the lift off area for the ballons. Take the back way into the Festival grounds and avoid the traffic. While there visit OLD TOWN in downtown area. Two good resturants are: Murphy's Mule Barn, good food, good prices and the locals favor it. Also the RANGE resturant has good food. It is just North of the area. And be sure to go to Santa Fe and visit loretto CHAPEL. google it before going. Enjoy NM, we've been twice and plan on going back again. Be sure to go to Madrid (where the movie "WILD HOGS" was filmed.
www.lorettochapel.com/Cached - SimilarOfficial guide to The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Loretto Chapel is the home of the Miraculous Staircase, built, some say, by St. Joseph himself.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:45 PM   #4
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We were there last October. What a blast. We stayed in the huge area with no hook ups about 3/4 mile south of the launch field. Shuttle bus service is provided and is both frequent and reliable. The first two mornings we hurried to get to the field by sunrise to see the mass ascension only to see the balloons going up and to the south right over our RV . We could have had a few more winks of sleep.

But, being there when they launch is a must, at least one morning. You can get up close and personal with the launch crew and watch how they inflate the balloon envelope, etc. Also, the moon-glow events are great in the evening. They don't launch but they inflate and light up. It is beautiful.

Have fun. It makes you feel like a kid watching hundreds of balloons in the sky that are all shapes and sizes.

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Old 07-05-2012, 02:12 PM   #5
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Thank you all for taking the time to reply. We especially appreciated the tip on Santa Fe as we are planning a stop there. Thanks again and safe travels!
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