Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours

Enjoy the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta from the best seat in the house -- the seat of your own kayak!

Enjoy this world-famous event from the best seat in the house, the seat of your customized kayak. No traffic, no waiting. Professional river guides from New Mexico Kayak Instruction are here to personally escort your and your party down the river in style, so you can relax and enjoy the experience, without being a pro. New Mexico Kayak Instruction, Inc. "Adventures on the Water Begin Here!"

Businesses offer unique perspective to watch Balloon Fiesta

You've seen Balloon Fiesta from the Balloon Fiesta Park, but have you high fived the pilots from the river? We have! For over 10 years, we've been running Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours and sharing our love for this unique event from a unique perspective on the Rio Grande! Want to join us? Visit www

as most of us here in albuquerque know-- there are plety of good places to watch the balloons during balloon fiesta. but today we spoke to a couple of busine...

Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours are coming soon. October 5 - 13, 2019! Online registration, FAQs and more at


Here's a fun video from a guest on Saturday. Thanks Peter for sharing!

Had a great experience with you guys last weekend. Here's video of a splash and dash we got to see. Thanks!!

Beautiful way to start the morning. Beautiful continuation of the Balloon Fiesta.

As seen from above. View the World's most photographed event from the least photographedperspective. Register online at
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Looks like you guys were having a great paddle from where I was. Always a tough choice between being on the river or in the air, but Kelly is one heck of a guide.

Sunday 10/2 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tour. The winds didn't cooperate as well and the balloons flew farther south, but it still made for a beautiful float down the Rio Grande!

Adaptive Kayaking programs from Kayak New Mexico, 501(c)(3)

Special guest with vision impairment joins us on a Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours. Her story will really inspire you!

Marina shares her story about learning to kayak despite her disability. Although she is nearly blind, deaf in one ear, and lives with cerebral palsy, which l...

Great time with the first 2016 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tour Group this morning!

Reuniting with old friends. Welcome back to Albuquerque! #AlbuquerqueInternationalBalloonFiesta #NewMexicoKayakInstruction #NMKI #NewMexicoTrue #VisitAlbuquerque

Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours

New Mexico Kayak Instruction welcomes pilots, crews and spectators from around the world to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!

- Experience the Balloon Fiesta from the Rio Grande River, just 2 miles from the Balloon Fiesta Park!
- Discover Albuquerque's most hidden treasure
- Avoid the crowds and heavy traffic
- Enjoy your afternoon on a Fall Colors Kayak Tour between ballooning events
- Check this off your "Bucket list"!

Perfect for visitors to Albuquerque, corporate events, pilots and crews and those who want to see the Balloon Fiesta from a new perspective!

AM and PM Kayak Tours offered daily October 1 - 9

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Meanwhile in Albuquerque.... :-)

A beautiful evening paddle from Romero Road to Alameda. On the water at 6:30, off by 8:30. The "watermelon" sunset was amazing!

"Adventures on the Water Begin Here!" #NewMexicoKayakInstruction #NMKI #SUPABQ

Are you hooked on kayaking...and don't know it yet? Robin was, and it changed her life.

Are you hooked on kayaking...and don't know it yet? Robin was, and it changed her life.

Next time our ballooning friends Splash 'n Dash in the Rio Grande, there will be a little less trash in the river, 1500lbs less, thanks to the work of Kayak New Mexico, Inc. 501c3

"Kayak New Mexico builds courage, confidence & character, one stroke at a time, through adaptive paddling programs for people with physical or developmental disabilities, or life-threatening medical conditions!" Kayak New Mexico is a tax-deductible 501c3 nonprofit corporation.

On November 21, Kayak New Mexico and a crew of 14 volunteers and community partners helped pull nearly 1500lbs of debris from the Rio Grande River and surrounding areas. The photos below tell our story.

A few statistics
759 lbs of "unclassified" debris was pulled from the Algadones access point; mostly illegal dumping
15% of the total weight was glass. It is estimated that 90% of the glass was beer or alcohol-related. Fortunately, it is recyclable.
While plastic accounted for only 5% of the waste, it has one of the greatest impacts on the environment. It is estimated that 40% of the plastic is from drinking water, 40% from alcohol (including a large quantity of "minis"), 10% soda & sport drinks, and 10% bags, fishing line and other solid waste

"Most unusual" awards go to Scott C. (handcuffs) and Stan M. (toilet seat)
"Most Harmful" award goes to Sierra D. (~20ft of barbed-wire)
"Hardest Worker" goes to KNM Board Member Lori M. for organizing sponsorship and logistics for Waste Management
"Most Detailed" award goes to KNM Board Member Jane B (our treasurer) for sorting the collected debris, weighing and measuring every ounce of collected debris, double checking and triple checking. Jane also organized the volunteer efforts. It was reported she tried to weigh the volunteers. We suggested a simple head-count instead.
"Best Mud-pie Cookies" award goes to Ben D. (we welcome more competition in this area!!)
"Youngest River Conservationist" award goes to Kyler C.; son of Scott C.
Notable mentions:
First to arrive: Charlie P.
Most valuable loss: Betty B

Many "Thanks!" to everyone who helped us leave the river a little better than we found it!

The North Face & The North Face - providing awesome gear for our volunteers
Waste Management - for providing 2 dumpsters and removing our collected debris
Smith's Food and Drug Stores - for providing lunch for our volunteers
Franks Supply Company Inc. - providing gloves and 5 gallon buckets
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District - providing keys to the Algadones Access point
Uline - for providing 100 grapefruit bags for collecting trash & debris, while filtering water and sand.

We've made so many friends in the air and on the water since this whole idea began. Thanks Wes for sharing!
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Sunday morning sunrise

Photo courtesy of Ursula Sena

Another beautiful day at the office; this time from the bank. Hoped to catch Miles and his party as they passed Corrales but they were already ahead of us. Join us for Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours in the morning or Fall Colors Nature Tours in the afternoon at
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Another awesome photo from today! We've had high-fivess in the past, but today, easily 12 of our 15 guests high-fived this crew! Openings each day for the remainder of the week;

Photo credit: Melis Merhege
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Awesome experience

Reporting live!
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Santa Fe Sunrise Spash n' Dash

Are you ready? We are! New boats New carbon paddles and life jackets New website Tons of interest

4 openings for Saturday October 3rd Mass Ascension and several openings for the afternoon Nature Tours. Sunday & Monday are full, and remaining dates are filling fast!
Learn more at

Kayak ABQ | World Famous Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours!

We've all heard that Humpty-Dumpty had a great fall. But he also had a great flight. And a great Splash 'n Dash too! For more of Humpty Dumpty's lesser-known adventures, check out our Balloon Fiesta Kayak Tours at
#NewMexicoTRUE, #VisitAlbuquerque #AlbuquerqueInternationalBalloonFiesta Welcome to Kayak Albuquerque! Adventures on the Water Begin Here! 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 To…

KKisses Splash n' Dash

One of my favorite Splash 'n Dashes of all time. Pilot Eric Hodges flying KKisses within a few feet of us! We later found Eric on Facebook and saw his videos of us as he floated by.

Bob Mass - Pita's Kiss

Pita's Kiss -- Bob Mass, Albuquerque, NM

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