In Sandoval County, there is sky, and there are clouds. There is also the possibility of the bright fabric of a hot air balloon, floating like a promise over the land.

Year-round hot-air ballooning in Sandoval County includes competitive events the third weekend of every month sponsored by Top Gun, the local division of the Balloon Federation of America. The Albuquerque Erostat Ascension Association hosts the Friends and Lovers Rally in February (the weekend before Valentine’s Day) as well as the Jingle Bell “Non Rally” in December.

Many balloon events are held at the Rio Rancho Balloon Park. For information about specific events, call 505/892-1533.