Q: What kind of camping is this?
A: Dry camping, which means no power, no running water, no wifi, no showers. Porta-potties are available onsite, including one ADA compliant one.
Q: What if I need hookups
A: There are many RV parks and developed campgrounds throughout the Albuquerque Metro area, but be forewarned, they fill up quite a ways in advance for balloon fiesta week. Reserve ahead if this is your plan.
Q: Why can’t I bring a generator?
A: Because it’s rude to make your fellow campers listen to it.
Q: What if I want to just come for the day?
A: There is a $5 charge per person, per day. This is to help us cover the cost of the porta-potties (which you will likely be using) and to raise money for the Alameda Little League. This is a fundraiser. For children. Don’t be a jerk.
Q: I don’t have a VW but I want to camp with my friends who do. Can I tent camp with them?
A: Yes, but the same fees apply regardless of if you’re in a VW or a tent. Again, this is a fundraiser.
Q: Can I bring my RV?
A: We have VERY LIMITED parking for RV’s but have some rules you will need to adhere to. See here for more info.
Also, there is an RV park right next door. They usually fill up months in advance. If this is your plan, I recommend to reserve your spot with them NOW.
Q: Are Vanagons and Eurovans allowed?
A: Yes, all models and years of VW’s are allowed, regardless of cooling system.
Q: But why do you have to have a bus to camp? Aren’t you being an elitist?
A: Again, any model / year of VW is allowed. We stated this many times last year and we still got pushback from people…
Q: Can I tow my bus and leave my truck and trailer somewhere?
A: Yes, but we’re going to ask you to park your truck & trailer in a designated area.
Q: Is the balloon fiesta park within walking distance?
A: Yes, its about a 20 minute walk down a really nice mixed-use pathway. I would recommend to bring your bike. There is free bike valet parking at the Balloon Fiesta Park.
Q: Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?
A: No, you can pay at the gate when you arrive.
Q: I have a VW and a tent, do I have to pay for two spots?
A: No, as long as your tent is a reasonable size. If its larger than the Taj Mahal, we might need to talk.
Q: Do I need a passport to visit New Mexico?
A: No. New Mexico is the 47th state of the United States of America since January 6th, 1912. (we seriously get asked this question…)
Q: When can we show up? When do we have to leave?
A: We will be setting up for the event on Wednesday and have to be gone from the space by Sunday evening. You can camp with us starting Wednesday, but we might put you to work helping set up.
Q: Are dogs allowed?
A: Yes, but they must be on a leash and under your control at all times. You must pick up after them. There are rocks / thorns in the camping area and booties for their feet are recommended. Also, balloon fiesta puts on a fireworks display so if your dogs are noise sensitive, be forewarned.