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Up, Up, and Away: World Balloon

By Elisha Neubauer

Albuquerque is known across the world for its ballooning community. Host to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the city is home to over three hundred air balloon pilots! With spectacular flying conditions and dramatic scenery, Albuquerque has earned a reputation as the balloon capital of the world- leading to tourists and residents alike to take to the skies.

Sid Cutter, the original founder of World Balloon, was so entrenched in the ballooning culture that he spent a large chunk of his lifetime organizing and founding the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, as well as the local hot air balloon chapter. "He spent years dedicating his efforts towards making Albuquerque the balloon capital of the world," says Keith Fear, now-owner of World Balloon. "When I acquired World Balloon years ago, it was an effort on our part to make sure that dream continued, and that the legacy was preserved." Fear and his associates also own ballooning operations in St. Louis, Missouri; Taos, New Mexico; and Cottonwood, Arizona. "Our goal with all of the locations is to introduce as many people as possible to Ballooning and provide them a safe experience that helps them make memories that last a lifetime," says Fear.

If you've never experienced a balloon ride before, then New Mexico, with its gorgeous vistas, is a great place to do it! "Most people never get to visit a desert," Fear says. "They certainly don't get to visit a high desert like Albuquerque. Being able to see Mount Taylor, the five sisters, the mesa, and even the Sandias from the air is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of our guests." World Balloon has earned an A+ review from the Better Business Bureau, as well as coveted five star ratings from both Yelp and Tripadvisor- which ranks it as the number one attraction in the city.

Both residents and tourists can appreciate the splendor of taking a hot air balloon ride. Individual, group, and champagne tours available. Military discounts are also offered to pay homage to those who have served our country and assistance for the hearing impaired is readily accessible with prior notice. Rides vary by wind routes that day, but set out from the west side of the Rio Grande just before sunrise each morning and can range in time from 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

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