Our Unique Balloon Fiesta SUP Tours begin on October 6 and continue through October 14, 2018.
Your trip begins bright and early, meeting your group and guides at the Alameda Bridge West Parking Area (MAP) at 6:00am. Here you'll board our shuttle and head to the put-in location in Corrales. Our guides will then outfit you with a life jacket, dry bag and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) and paddle. After a short river safety talk and brief paddling tutorial, you'll launch down the Rio Grande, through the beautiful cottonwood bosque (forest) and head down river just before the Mass Ascension of balloons at 7:00am.
As we paddle down the river, enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness before meeting the balloons as they Splash and Dash on the river, dragging their baskets along the water before ascending back into the sky (go ahead, get a high five from the pilot!). While waiting for the balloons, enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a light snack. After the balloons pass by, you'll finish your tour down the braided waters of the Rio Grande back to your cars waiting by the Alameda bridge. Tours typically disembark by 11:00am.
*The mass launch of the hot air balloons is always subject to weather and flying restrictions/conditions, in some cases we may not be able to see the hot air balloons.
$85.00/person + tax
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Includes: SUP, paddle, PFD, Dry Bag, shuttle transportation, and guide
River Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Physical Fitness Required: 3
Fitness is ranked on a 1-10 scale, 1 is no fitness other than regular daily life, 10 is working out 5-7 days a week with cardio and weights.
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Why use a SUP? - One of the biggest benefits of a SUP over kayaks or canoes is it's low draft depth (how deep in the water the board sits). You can paddle a SUP in just 3 inches of water! During the Balloon Fiesta, the Rio Grande is in a very low-stage. The water is usually very shallow and sandbars and islands abound. Instead of spending half your time getting in and out of a kayak to to get un-stuck, why not enjoy the trip on a SUP? If you do still happen to get stuck, simply step off the board, move it over and step back on!
Do I have to stand the whole time? - Not at all! Paddleboarding is one of the most comfortable ways to enjoy the water. You can stand, sit, kneel, even lay down!
What if I don't have the best balance? - No worries! Our SUPs are as wide as many of the sidewalks in Albuquerque! It takes most people between 5-15 minutes to become comfortable enough standing on their board. If you're feeling a bit wobbly, take a knee! Our paddles are adjustable, so paddling from positions other than standing is just as comfortable.
How long do the tours take? - Tours meet at 6am, are on the water by 6:45am, and (after a brief break to watch the balloons) are off the water between 11am-12pm (about 4 hours on the boards)
Do you guarantee that we will get balloons to splash and dash? - Unfortunately we cannot. Hot air balloons are subject to the local weather for flight patterns and exact flights cannot be 100% predicted. However, we time our tours to put us in the best position possible to maximize our chances of being at the right place at the right time.
Isn't it, like, super cold? - When we first launch, the temperature will be chilly. However soon after launching the sun will rise from behind the mountains and immediately begin warming the air. We recommend dressing in non-cotton layers. Participants are provided with dry bags to store an extra layer, towel, camera, etc. The extra effort of paddling and wearing a life jacket both contribute to keeping you warm and comfortable.
Participant must sign a release of liability waiver, if under the age of 18 the waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian; No one under the age of 16 without a parent or guardian.
We follow strict American Canoe Association (ACA) Essential Eligibility Criteria which is the following:
1. Breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
2. Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water
3. Independently hold head upright without neck / head support
4. Manage personal care independently or with assistance of a companion
5. Manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
6. Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance of a companion
7. Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket
8. Get on / off or in / out of a paddlecraft independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
9. Independently get out and from under a capsized paddlecraft
10. Remount or reenter the paddlecraft following deep water capsize independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
11. Maintain a safe body position while attempting skills, activities and rescues listed in the appropriate Course Outline, and have the ability to recognize and identify to others when such efforts would be unsafe given your personal situation
MST Adventures reserves the right to refuse service to any individual that does not meet the above criteria, for the protection and safety of all participants involved.
MST Adventures offer Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding tours on the Rio Grande in Albuquerque. Our tours are half day adventures (3-4 hours) and cover roughly 4-7 river miles (flow dependent). We have two different tours that are offered throughout the week. Our SUP tour group size is limited to 7 participants.
Our Good Morning Tours, start at 8:30 am. As the group arrives our staff, greets our clients and takes care of our liability waivers, takes payment, and answers any questions you might have. We then fit our clients with life jackets and dry bags, before we load up into the adventure van and travel to river put in.
Or Sunset Tours, starting time varies a little throughout the season based on the length of the day. Generally we start at 3:00 pm, an official time will be provided at the time of booking. As the group arrives our staff, greets our clients and takes care of our liability waivers, takes payment, and answers any questions you might have. We then fit our clients with life jackets and dry bags, before we load up into the adventure van and travel to river put in.
Once at the river put in location we distribute the inflatable SUPs, paddles, and have a river safety meeting. We demonstrate how to kneel and stand on the boards, followed by how to paddle. We then get on the water and head down the river.
As we progress down the river we will take in the natural sounds and wildlife along the way.
Your day will end roughly 3 hours later as we arrive where we first met and parked our cars.
MST Adventures is now offering all day Adventure Brewery Tours in Albuquerque! We have created a great day of adventure and exploration, where the season determines the adventure and the seasonal beer offerings!
Your day starts at 8:30 am meeting the MST Adventures staff. After loading up in the adventure van we set off on the day’s adventure of Stand up Paddle Boarding (SUP), Snowshoeing, or Mountain Biking! After 3.5 to 4 hours of fun we return to the adventure van and head out to the first of three breweries, where MST Adventures buys your lunch and first round of local brews. This is followed by two more stops and a behind the scenes tour of one of the breweries and a chance to meet with the brewer him/herself!
Once we finish at the third stop, we head back and end the day around 4:30-5:00 pm.
What's the best part you ask? How about this, bring 4 friends to one of our regularly scheduled Adventure Brewery Tours and get 10% off the tour price!
Additional dates available upon request, with 5 person minimum.
February 23, 2019-Sold Out!
Our only Adventure Brewery Tour for the winter, join us on a snowshoe adventure followed up by our awesome brewery tours.
Additional Dates Available Upon Request, with 5 person minimum
*Our Adventure Brewery Tours are a speciality tour with limited capacity, as such payment in full is required at the time of registration to secure your spot. Please refer to our cancellation policy with any additional questions or call us at (505) 717-2526.
Hurry as space is limited to 8 people per trip! Group Tours can be scheduled Friday through Monday or by calling our office if you would like to schedule mid-week. Book 5 or more on our tours and receive 15% off the entire trip. (Private tours are available upon request)
Guided snowshoeing takes the guesswork out of your first or fifth experience. From proper use and fitting to winter layering for warmth and moisture control. We provide a unique experience with interpretive guides, skilled in the flora and fauna of the Sandia Mountains, wilderness medicine, and back country travel.
On our guided tours, each one will offer a unique focal point in addition to the snowshoe journey. Making it much more than just a “follow the leader” experience. We will focus on winter birding, back country travel and cooking considerations and last but not least photography.
Snowshoeing is a great way to beat the winter blues and enjoy the winter sunshine and the unique soundscapes it creates. The staff at MST Adventures will empower you with the confidence to take your friends and family on a self-guided trip with our proven layering techniques, winter travel food choices, and destinations for the whole family!
We know that our trips are unique and extremely fun, that’s why we guarantee that if you don’t enjoy your time outdoors with us, we will refund your trip cost, 100%!
Still not sure? That’s okay, here is what other customers have to say about us:
“We had a wonderful time and were very impressed with Corey and Michael of MST Adventures. Corey and Michael were so knowledgeable and helpful both in the classroom setting as well as out on the trail. They had the perfect balance between encouraging/pushing each of us while at the same time making us feel supported and safe.
The experience of snowshoeing almost 6 miles along the Sandias and enjoying the great company of the group and guides is something I’ll always treasure. The hot chocolate, savory snacks and wonderful weather certainly helped:)
I highly recommend MST Adventures to all whether you are a novice or an expert! Thank you for partnering with them and offering the event.
Lastly, Corey and Micheal’s professionalism was on full display Sunday when they provided first aid to a skier on the trail.”
“Rented snowshoes from them and joined their San Antonio Hot Springs community event, and they've been knowledgeable and reliable. Highly recommended” -Brianna B.
“We were looking to rent snowshoes and poles for our family trek up Mt. Taylor. REI in ABQ recommended MST Adventures and Corey hooked us up with the gear, and even tossed in some much needed backpacks. These guys know what they're doing. Highly recommend!” -Benjamin H.
“I have used MST for both kayak instruction and a hiking guide. They were both great trips and Corey is extremely knowledgeable on all things outdoors. I left with more information that I could have imagined, as well as a greater comfortability while being on the river. They were professional and organized. I look forward to planning another trip with these great guys.” - Andy H
MST Adventures is a home/ web based business and can be reached in the following ways:
By Phone: (505) 717-2526
By Emailing, Corey or Michael at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $85+tax/person Group Tour 3 or more people
Cost: $150+tax/person Private Tour
Duration: 3 1/2 to 4 hours
Tours for the 2019 Season can be scheduled starting January 1, 2019!
Tours can be schedule Friday through Monday starting January 1, 2019. Below is a list of outings you can join. Our guides will focus on birding, photography, winter travel, and meal preparation.
Space is limited to 8 guest on all tours.
January 12, 2019:
Length 3-4 miles
Our focus will be on general snowshoe travel
February 3, 2019:
Length 3-6 miles
Our focus will be on winter birding and photography
February 10, 2019:
Length 3-6 miles
Our focus will be on back country food preparation
February 23, 2019:
Length 3-6 miles + 3-stop Brewery Tour
Adventure Brewery Tour - Full Day! ($135/person)
Are you interested in learning more? Call today (505) 717-2526
MST Adventures operates our guided snowshoe tours under permit of the Cibola National Forest. " In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW,Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."