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Santa Fe Trail International Balloon Rally

When: 4th of July Weekend

Time: Hot Air Balloon ascension takes place at 6:30 AM

Where: La Mesa Airfield, Raton, NM           


Each year, Raton plays host to 15+ pilots and their balloons. Our balloon rally gives attendees an up close and personal experience due to small crowds and friendly pilots. This event is one your whole family is sure to enjoy! 

This annual event is sponsored by Raton MainStreet and features a daily pancake breakfast by the Kiwanis Club. 

The rally begins each morning at sunrise and goes for 3 days at the old La Mesa Airfield on York Canyon Rd, Highway 555, a half-mile west of Raton’s southernmost off ramp from I-25, Exit 450.

The Albuquerque Ballon Fiesta is certainly amazing to see, but if you want to avoid the crowds and the expense of it, our Raton balloon rally gives you an up close and stress free experience that your family will remember.

Photo Credit: Marty Mayfield & Bob Wick

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