The location

Many moons ago, the now defunct pre-1968 VW Bus club “The Route 66 Splits” started camping in a field during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This event became Buses and Balloons. Over the many years since then the city grew, and the field with a once decent view of the rio grande valley became a church parking lot in a neighborhood. Anyone who has been to Buses and Balloons recently knows that the location, while close to a Wendy’s and an autozone, has left something to be desired.

For a long time we’ve been looking for a rad location close to the balloon fiesta. This year we’ve finally found it!


So what’s the big deal?

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As you can see, it’s literally blocks from Balloon Fiesta Park. It’s about a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute bike ride directly down a really nice bike path.

This means that the balloons should be directly overhead (weather permitting) during the mass ascensions.

Bring your Bike!

Bike ABQ , A local bike advocacy group runs a free bike valet at Balloon Fiesta Park. This means you can bring your bike, ride it to the Balloon Fiesta and have it locked and securely stored while you stroll around the Balloon Fiesta Park.

Getting there:

Due to the proximity to Balloon Fiesta park, traffic will be somewhat heavy, and your best bet for getting in and out smoothly will be from 11am-4pm. Avoid times when there are events planned at the park, usually early morning and dusk.

8 thoughts on “The location

  1. Will this be dry camping with no water, bath rooms, showers and electricity. Is there going to be security for the buses. Does the RV park across the street have those amenities to use? Are scooters allowed to use back and forth to the events?


    1. There will be porta Johns on the site with hand washing stations. We are also working on getting a water tank there for general use. There are no showers or electricity hookups. The RV spots are in a parking lot and do not have facilities that i’m aware of, but you can ask them here: RV park.

      The bike path that connects to Balloon fiesta park is a multi-use trail but is accessed about a block away from our campout via city streets.


      1. Do you know the name of the RV park or have a phone number? Are portable showers allowed, I have a privacy tent and a solar water tank?


      2. Thanks, you have been a great help, I will let my bus friends know, we will see you there.


  2. We are very excited for band b 2019 and sorely missed it last year. We have been trying to email an rsvp and to let you know we will bring some raffle items, but the email didn’t go through. We are bringing our 71, 2 adults and 4 kids. Hope there is space. Thank you!


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