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Old 04-13-2015, 10:58 PM   #1
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RV park for Balloonfest in New Mexico

Any favorites out there? If I don't make it this year, for sure next year.
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I'd suggest parking (dry camping) at the balloon site. Lots of spaces available and the balloons will go right over your RV - at least they did this past fall when we were there. If you stay in the balloon site there are shuttles to take you to the launch field, etc. I can't help you with other parks in that area.
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Old 04-14-2015, 06:25 AM   #3
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I would doubt the balloon site has any vacancies for this year. I wanted the first weekend, but I had to settle for the second weekend. Below is the link.

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Old 04-14-2015, 06:51 AM   #4
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On site camping is the ONLY way to do it. You will miss 3/4 of the experience if you stay elsewhere. The balloons launch at dawn and float right over your RV. The people who stay elsewhere have to fight very long lines of traffic to get into the park, at 5 AM! If you camp onsite you can rise at 6, step out the door right into the action with you cup of coffee.

I have camped there twice and have never seen them so filled up that they turn people away, but advance reservations and early arrival will get you a much better parking space.
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We also stayed in the boondocking area at the festival. It's the very easiest place to stay. The free shuttle ran all day long coming by our RV every 15 minutes or so. We had balloons landing in a field right in front of us. We also signed up to crew and were rewarded with a beautiful long flight.

There are also some hookup sites at the festival and those are the ones that might not have vacancies. There's plenty of boondocking. We stayed 13 nights. We didn't need it but there are pump out trucks for your tanks and water fill trucks.

Staying in RV parks is expensive (they up their rates for the festival), you will have slow driving as you near the festival and parking is a premium.
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Thank you for your honest input, very helpful.
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Retired, 100% disabled veteran? Stay at the AFB CG. They run a shuttle, both morning and evenings from CG to launch field. No driving, parking problems; and they run a special route only for such vehicles to get around all the traffic.
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Howdy!

I agree with others. The only way to see and experience the balloon fiesta is to stay on site. We've been three times. Two of them we stayed in the VIP west parking. The last time could not get reservations so we stayed across the highway at the Sandia Casino and we never were able to get to the balloon feild becauae of traffic. Staying at the VIP parking seems expensive for boondocking but when you consider you don't pay for parking twice a day and tickets fo enter the balloon field twice a day that adds up. We prefer the second week for the special shape balloons.

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If you click on the above link for camping info. you'll see that the prices range from $30 - $150/night and the VIP is $85.


If you look at the air shot of the area, we were parked in the south lot of boondocking for $30/night but we went with a group of 30 rigs so we got a discount.
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