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19 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

Cowboy up with Old West traditions at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso Downs.

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

Sip it up at wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms on the New Mexico True Wine Trail.

12. Savor the Flavor

13. Discover Native Treasures

14. Taste Tradition

15. Intermingle with Artists

16. Craft Shop ‘til you Drop 

Craft shop ‘til you drop for unique works of art at the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival.

17. Go Nuts

Go nuts by staying in NM a bit longer to sink your teeth into the Southern New Mexico Pecan Festival and indulge in a pecan pie competition, food truck throwdown and live music.

18. Hit the Links

19. Build a Foundation