Buses and Balloons, New Mexico’s premier bus campout, is back with a NEW LOCATION within walking distance of Balloon Fiesta Park! Under new (old) management, we’re taking it back to its low-key roots. No car show, no trophies, no drama, just camping. This event takes place during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Bring the whole family.

It’s a family friendly event, with many activities to keep the young and young at heart busy.

The FAQ’s:

Who: Open to any VW regardless of model, year, or cooling system.

What: Laid-back Volkswagen campout during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

When: Thursday October 10th- Sunday October 13th.

Where: 8536 Alameda Park Drive NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87113

Why: Having fun with your NM VW family and see the International Balloon Fiesta up close.

How: Thanks to the Alameda little league and the City of Albuquerque.


The Costs:

VW camping : $40 per VW for the duration of the event.

Trailers towed by your VW get in free with paid VW admission.

Tent camping – $40 per carload for the duration of the event.  (must park your non-vw on the street outside of the event)

Walk in day-use – Suggested donation of at least $5 per person. Goes to charity – be kind if you can. (must park on the street outside the event). 

RV’s & Camping trailers (Fifth-wheels, Toy-haulers, large camper trailers) no hookups available – $50 per day. MUST RESERVE RV SPACE BY CONTACTING US IN ADVANCE!!! Space is extremely limited. 


The events:


Balloon watching

Kickball tournament

Cornhole tournament

Parts swap

Coleman Lantern Rebuilding lesson


Best campsite award

Long distance award

The rules:

No alchohol. (This is city property and we would like to not be kicked out)

No loud music or generators.

No open fires. Above ground fire pits ok.

No fireworks (looking at you Shawn Fellner).

No glass containers. Bring your red solo cups (or better yet a reusable container).

Keep your pets on a leash and clean up after them.  There will be fireworks nearby at the Balloon Fiesta. If they’re aggressive or afraid of fireworks leave them at home.

Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it. Trash cans will be provided.

Don’t be a jerk.

Be kind rewind.


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