Boondocking at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta


This isn’t the first time I’ve been boondocking – camping with no hook-ups – but it’s the first time in awhile. Water, check. Propane, check. Empty holding tanks, check. Now all I need is my friend Lydia to arrive from Austin, and the party will begin!

Airstream at Balloon Fiesta

I arrived at the RV campsite adjacent to the balloon field early this afternoon. The Fiesta staff recommends arriving between noon and 3 pm, and that was a great tip. When I got here, there was no waiting at all. Friendly volunteers greeted me, and I followed the golf cart to my spot.

They call the parking arrangement “rally style.” I haven’t been to a rally yet, but I take this to mean “chummy.” In other words, “you will meet your neighbors.” This is tight quarters, but not toooo tight. The dirt parking areas are well-marked to accommodate a wide variety of campers – from tents to million-dollar motor homes.

One thing about boondocking – there’s not a lot of set-up to be done. I dropped the stabilizers and the hitch, and called it done. I have a panoramic view of the mountains right outside my window, and the trees outside my door are rustling with the breeze. I’m just hoping it’s not too windy for tonight’s “Glowdeo” – the special shapes balloon glow!

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