We Are Rainbow Ryders, Inc.

We are the premier and the largest hot air balloon business in the U.S. serving the Southwest since 1983, with offices in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Colorado Springs. Our pilots have flown more than 55,000 hours, serving nearly 500,000 passengers.

Members of The Employee Network can enjoy rides for $169 per adult, a $40 savings on our shared flight experience. Use code NETWORK when you book online or call to make reservations.

The Journey 

Meet our flight team at our new state-of-the-art facility located in North Phoenix. We will provide transportation to our launch site. Join in on the inflation experience with our flight team or relax in wonder as the balloons take shape. Let your spirits soar as your balloon gently rises and the ground unfolds before your eyes. Propelled by the wind, enjoy the best view in the Valley above the Sonoran Desert.


Upon landing, indulge in a post-flight celebration with a toast to your aeronautical experience. Sip on our signature Prickly Pear Cactus Mimosas with a unique medley of offerings specially catered for our passengers.

Our Safety 

Safety has been our #1 priority for over 37 years. Fully licensed and insured, Rainbow Ryders, Inc. combines safety and comfort with the newest fleet of top-of-the-line commercial balloons and chase vehicles.

Our Pilots 

Rainbow Ryders abides by strict federal safety guidelines by employing commercial balloon pilots with over 75,000 hours of experience. As your guide in the sky, our pilots love sharing their knowledge about hot air ballooning and the surrounding area.

Pilot expertise and commitment to safety are two important reasons why Rainbow Ryders has been the official hot air balloon ride provider for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® since 1999.