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Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta

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Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta

Hi all, I'm planning my 2nd trip to NM for the balloon Fiesta 2018!

We were thinking about staying in Santa Fe this time since there's more to do there and places we plan on visiting are only an hour away....

I'm thinking we can get up early.. 4am to make it for mass ascension on Saturday by 6am.

Is this too ambitious? So, what are your thoughts?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta

We usually leave our house outside of Santa Fe by 4:30am. Parking lots to fill very early! Plus there are plenty of things to see/do that early and of course you need a breakfast burrito!

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2. Re: Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta

Quite doable; back in the day, my in-laws routinely took my wife and the other kids to the Fiesta from Los Alamos, which is half an hour-plus farther away than your Santa Fe lodging. CA's timing advice is rooted in experience, but you could probably cheat on that by as much as half an hour if you're not going on the big weekend mass-ascension days.

Edited: 21 May 2018, 11:13
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3. Re: Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta

Thanks for the input, I'm super excited now!

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4. Re: Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta

Another vote for staying in Santa Fe and driving down early. As you already know SF a much more beautiful and interesting city than ABQ and more peaceful. You will have a great time!

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5. Re: Driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta

Yup, stay in Santa Fe. I did that in 2016 and it worked out great. I was able to find much cheaper lodging options in Santa Fe during the Fiesta. I left my motel at 4am and I did not need to leave that early as it turned out. On the flip side I did have a parking place very close to the gate! :-)

Keith

Edited: 22 May 2018, 01:12
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