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23 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta

For more than four decades, guests from all over the world have come to New Mexico to celebrate ballooning at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Mornings are filled with breakfast burritos, morning glows, and breathtaking mass ascensions. Evenings include live entertainment, “Glowdeos”, and fireworks. But how should you fill your time between ballooning events? Let us help you craft the perfect New Mexico True adventure based on your interests.

1. Fill Your Tank

2. Ride the Rails

3. Find “Hoppiness”

4. Enjoy an Excursion

5. Play the Slots

6. Just Relax

7. Cowboy Up

8. Reach for the Sky

9. Play in Nature’s Sandbox 

10. Break Out Your Lederhosen

Break out your lederhosen and raise a stein at Red River’s Oktoberfest, located on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. 

11. Sip it Up

12. Savor the Flavor

13. Discover Native Treasures

14. Taste Tradition

15. Intermingle with Artists

16. Craft Shop ‘til you Drop 

17. Grab Some Green Chile

You will find New Mexico’s signature pepper on almost every menu. But you can also pick your own at Big Jim Farms in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, and they’ll roast it for you right there.

18. Hit the Links

19. Complete Your New Mexico Bucket List

20. Crafting and Mastering the Art of Chocolate

21. Peek the Peak and Explore

22. Art Like You’ve Never Seen Before

23. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star