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2 Unique and NEW ways to experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta ….by Kayak!

Tours offered twice a day from October 3 – 11, 2015!

Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours (6 – 11am)

Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours

Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours offered daily, October 3 – 11, 2015!  Click here for availability, online registration and more!
Fall Colors Nature Tours (12 – 5pm)

Fall Colors Nature Tours

Kayak Albuquerque offers Fall Colors Nature Tours daily from October 3 – 11, 2015, from 12 – 5pm!  Click here for availability, online registration and more!
Testimonials & Reviews
  • “We had a great time today. The Balloon Fiesta guided tour was breathe taking. We totally lucked out! We saw 7 splash n dashes! We will do it again every year!”

    Valerie Muldez (Allstate Insurance, Durango, CO)
  • “I high-fived one of the pilots!  It was awesome!”

    Jane Bales (Rio Rancho, NM)
  • “WOW! If you ever wanted to visualize yourself in a piece of artwork, this is the way to do it! The balloons were floating overhead while their reflections rippled across the river. A panorama of bliss! Add to that the elbow-room of the scene and the expertise of the guides and you have the perfect means to enjoy Albuquerque’s earmark celebration!”

    Marianne Sal-donald (world-traveler)
  • “This was an experience of a lifetime!!  Watching the Splash & Dash was awesome.  Talking with pilots was great fun..one wanted to race me!  Well worth getting up at 5:00 am.  We got some great photos and videos too. I will remember this day for the rest of my life!” 

    Janet Stokes (Corrales, NM – 73 yrs young!)
  • “An amazing way for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the fiesta! You’ll experience the sight of a lifetime as the balloons soar over the river and the New Mexico sunrise bursts with color from behind the mountain. Kelly & his team are brimming with knowledge. Their expertise and love of kayaking will make it well worth your time and money!”

    Rachel Whitt (Albuquerque, NM – KOAT 7 News)
  • “THIS was an EXPERIENCE. The Rio Grande is an amazing river… being able to float it at dawn just to find yourself surrounded by one of the Southwest’s most amazing man-made spectacles borders on unreal.  It was like having a private stage for a 600 balloon Mass Ascension (let that sink in for a minute) but with added perspective on how amazing the river is and without the crowds and traffic! The trip was guided in a superb manner. The staff were cordial and safety was always forefront.  I can’t recommend this enough. Bring a camera… you’re going to want to document it.” 

    Damon Salceies (Albuquerque, NM – writer, professional photographer)
  • “I grew up in Albuquerque and have attended many a balloon fiestas but never on kayak! Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours by Kayak Albuquerque offers a unique and spectacular way to enjoy the balloons on the water. From the early morning crisp air, to the misty waters of the river, being out in nature to catch the balloons is a once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend joining Kelly and his crew for an unforgettable NM style adventure!” 

    Ele Radoslovich (Albuquerque, NM – Life Coach)
  • “I have taken two Balloon Fiesta kayak tours with Kelly Gossett and his company (New Mexico Kayak Instruction, Inc). Kelly, the owner, gives very clear instructions and is extremely patient with new paddlers. In fact my experience led me to take up whitewater and sea kayaking I loved it so much. The Rio Grande is magical in the morning as the river and the trees that line the way open up to awe-inspring views of the Sandia Mountains and the balloons drifting overhead. A beautiful day becomes a quietly spectacular experience when you combine paddling and balloons.”

    David Millican (CFO – City of Santa Fe (retired), Santa Fe, NM)
  • “Add this to your Bucket List. The Balloon Fiesta is always spectacular in and of itself — but to see and hear the hot air balloons and balloonists just above you in the setting of the beautiful and serene Rio Grande — is like no other experience. Not a lot of people know about this truly unique opportunity to experience the Fiesta.” 

    Tracy Davis, MD (Albuquerque, NM)
  • “The Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tour was undoubtedly the most surreal kayaking experience I’ve ever had! All these massive orbs of bright colors descending around us and blasting the early morning river silence with their roaring burners. Unbelievable!” 

    Rem Smith (US Navy (retired), Albuquerque, NM)
  • “With very little kayaking experience, I nervously but eagerly joined Kelly Gossett and a group of kayakers on an early morning excursion down the Rio Grande during the balloon fiesta. It was an amazing experience and with Kelly’s patience, clear direction, and encouragement I had a brilliant outdoor adventure. I met some really great people along on the trip and I look forward to repeating the adventure this fall. Thank you Kelly for such a memorable experience.” 

    Genevieve Sanchez (Albuquerque, NM – athlete & fitness model)

Choose one of two world-renown kayak tours, only in Albuquerque!

Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours in the morning; Fall Colors Nature Tours in the afternoon!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Meet Your Guides!

See what sets Kayak Albuquerque apart from other guides, outfitters and liveries in New Mexico. The difference will surprise you!

About Kayak Albuquerque

Kayak Albuquerque has been leading Kayak Tours during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta under the name of New Mexico Kayak Instruction since 2008. Owner Kelly Gossett started leading Balloon Fiesta kayak tours as a way to say “Thank you!!” to NMKI’s best clients. Word spread quickly in the years that followed, including numerous news stories from local news stations, and publications like Local Flavor and Local IQ. In 2014, Trailer Life magazine published our story and drew national attention to our quietly kept secret. “Let us share our love for the Rio Grande with you too! If you’re a visitor to our city, or a life-long resident, we’re certain to show you a side of Albuquerque that few have ever seen before. The Rio Grande is a beautiful river, add to it the Fall colors, hundreds of balloons in every direction, wildlife from the Corrales Nature Preserve and dozens of species of migrating bird, and you have a unique New Mexico “True!” experience that you’ll never forget.” – Kelly Gossett, Owner – New Mexico Kayak Instruction, Inc.
Phone: 505-803-2201 Email: kelly@newmexicokayakinstruction.com

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