The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of New Mexico’s most beloved (and well-attended) events. With more than 500 pilots and more than 800,000 attendees, it’s easy to see why. Once the balloons go up in the morning, the New Mexico Tourism Department has some ideas on how to spend time until the Glowdeos begin (after sneaking in a power nap, of course).


We've put together a list of 19 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta, starting with the unsung hero of Balloon Fiesta, the breakfast burrito. Take a trip on the New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway to fill your tank during these “chile” fall mornings.


To get a unique look at New Mexico’s fall foliage, hop aboard the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway to take the Best Scenic Train Ride in America, as voted by USA Today readers. The steam-operated train, built in 1880, takes visitors back in time along the rails.


If the railways are a little too speedy, take it down a notch and visit one of New Mexico’s relaxing spas, where many treatments use locally sourced ingredients, like lavender, prickly pear and red chile.


Go the way of the ancients and visit Acoma Sky City for the Best Native American Experience, as voted by USA Today readers. During this tour you can learn about Acoma's unique Native American history and culture, while local artisans sell their crafts, in the type of oral presentation that they have passed down for centuries.


Whether it’s relaxation or speeding along the rails, check out the 19 New Mexico True Adventures You Need to Experience During Balloon Fiesta to make the most out of your Balloon Fiesta experience.