The 2012 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is just days away. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast welcomes all of the hot air balloonists and the New Mexico Balloon Festival attendees! This hot air ballooning extravaganza is held at Balloon Fiesta Park (5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE) in Albuquerque, NM. Hot air ballooning has a long history in New Mexico. In general, New Mexico is a premier hot air ballooning site due to the unique hot air ballooning conditions that exist here. The 2012 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta starts on Saturday, October 6th and runs through Sunday, October 14th. Tickets are only $8. The morning sessions start at 5:45 AM, with the mass ascension taking place at approximately 7 AM. The mass ascension is a spectacular sight to see! Just as the sun is rising over mountains, there is a coordinated launch of all of the participating balloons, often done in two waves. It can be upto 300 balloons! There are other events scheduled throughout the day but at 5:45 PM, enjoy the “balloon glow”, where you will see a field full of tethered hot air balloons glowing en mass. The balloons are lit from inside by the balloon pilots when they ignite their burners, causing the balloons to glow. It set against the darkening night sky. It is breathtaking. Then at 8 PM, you can take in the “After Glow Fireworks Show”. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this part of the evening. The Special Shape Rodeo has become the most popular event at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This is when special shaped balloons will launch (usually on Thursday & Friday mornings). It’s a real crowd pleaser! Throughout the event, there will be food & drink vendors, entertainment, special exhibits, demonstrations and the hot air balloon museum will be open. You can even schedule a hot air balloon ride for yourself! Be sure to check the weather conditions and the schedule of events for each day of the balloon fiesta and consider utilizing the park & ride. After you have experienced the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, most visitors head north for some additional days of sightseeing. Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast is the perfect location for this! Due to our central location in historic Chimayo, NM (just 35 minutes north of Santa Fe, on the High Road), you can easily visit Santa Fe, Taos, Bandelier National Park, pueblos, hot springs and more from our ideal location. We have wonderful guest rooms available. The staff at Casa Escondida B&B are happy to assist you in planning the balance of your New Mexico vacation!