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Old 09-28-2018, 05:30 PM   #1
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Albequerque Balloon Festival

We are planning a trip to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival for 2019. Would love to know others’ experiences with campgrounds in the area and/or the campground at the actual Festival site. Have heard the Albuquerque KOA is a great place to stay. Thanks!!
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Old 09-28-2018, 06:21 PM   #2
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Route 66 casino Rv resort. Real nice and clean large sites. Great place
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Old 09-28-2018, 06:33 PM   #3
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Thanks so much! Will check it out!
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Old 09-28-2018, 06:39 PM   #4
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We booked at the Bernallilo KOA for 5 nights in August of 2017 for this year. Required 3 night minimum deposit. Due to Hurricane Florence and a last minute problem with the RV, we had to cancel last week. No refund on our deposit. Just FYI.
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Old 09-28-2018, 07:01 PM   #5
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Thanks, Sanford. What a nasty girl, that Florence.
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:37 PM   #6
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Lucille, We just returned from the 2018 Balloon Fiesta. We had to stay in an RV park 20+ miles from the venue with reservations made months ago. Traffic and access in a car to the Balloon park is 2 hours of frustration and full lots even at 5am. At least the first day. Fortunately we chose the park and ride option parking at one of the Malls far from the Balloon site. School buses take you to the site on a road closed to others. Even that was a bit of a mess with long lines and confusing sign. Still the festival is well worth the hassle and crowd.

The second day we wanted to see the mass launch from a distance and went to the Sandia Casino in the RV at 5am. Huge nearly empty lots. Lot's of RV's dry camping with no hassles. Security patrols came by once in a while.

If we go again, we'll camp there and bicycle to the Balloon Park. ~ 2 miles, nice bike lanes to the park, special bike parking pen.
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Good information Firedog. Thanks
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We stayed in the standard box section right at the balloon site for the week. Walk or take the bus. About .5 miles from park. Had a great time. Get reservations in early. You can get info from Albuquerque festival balloon site. Lots of options
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:30 AM   #9
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Thanks for the great info, Firedog!
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:34 AM   #10
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Thanks, ms, for the info. We are hoping to get into a camping lot right on the grounds, too. Good to hear you had a nice experience!
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