Time outdoors helps re-calibrate the body, mind, and soul. Adventure is calling, but you aren't sure if you have the right skills or equipment.
Guided Tours with MST Adventures will help you answer the call.
Our Unique Balloon Fiesta SUP Tours begin on October 7 and continue through October 15, 2017.
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 12:00pm.
*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
$225.00/ 3 people + tax (12% Savings)
$400.00/ 6 people + tax (22% Savings)
Includes: SUP, paddle, PFD, Dry Bag, shuttle transportation, and guide
River Distance: Approximately 7 miles
Physical Fitness Required: 4
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.
These tours have concluded for 2017, thank you!
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 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, while you get to sample a flight of local brew. 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.
We provide top quality Snowshoes from MSR, SUP boards from Bote Boards, Jack's Plastic Welding, and NRS, you provide your own mountain bike or a rental can be secured from our favorite bike shop, The Bike Smith!
What's the best part you ask? How about this, bring 1 friend and you get 10% off, bring two friends and you will get 15% off, bring three friends and and received 25% off your trip!
June 24 (3 spots left)
Daily during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (10/7-10/15)
*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.
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. We get on the water between 9:00am and 9:30am.
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.
Our Fall Colors SUP Tours, typically start in the early afternoon on Saturdays and Sunday during October and early November. As the group arrives our staff, greats 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 set shuttle 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 effectively and safely. We then get on the water and head down the river, where we will cover roughly 7 miles in about 3-3.5 hours.
Depending on the water level a short trip can be arraigned.
As we progress down the river we will take in the natural sounds and wildlife along the way. We will continue to refine you paddling technique along the way for maximum fun, while we take in the flora and fauna of the river habitat. We see lots of golds, yellows, and some maroon along river as we explore our way down the beautiful Rio Grande.
Your day will end roughly 3 hours later as we arrive where we first met and parked our cars.
Please call to make your reservation! (505) 717-2526
We are currently taking reservations for all weekends starting April 1, 2017.