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20,000 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta RV sites booked in just minutes!

If you didn’t get your RV site reservation last Wednesday, Jan. 5, for the Oct. 1-9, 2022, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® you may be out of luck.

More than 20,000 RV reservations for the event were booked within an hour and a half of the reservation start time last Wednesday. By 10:30 a.m., they were gone.

At one point, according to organizers, there were more than 100,000 people on the reservation website struggling to find a spot.

Event organizers have added a wait list for those still interested in picking up an RV reservation, should there be cancellations. You can put your name on the waitlist by clicking here, or email rvspace@balloonfiesta.com.

The actual tickets for the Oct. 1-9 balloon event go on sale April 1.

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Eric
9 days ago

Seems like a typical 15th of the month trying to make a Yosemite valley camping reservation. All gone in literally one second!

Wayne Caldwell
10 days ago

We live 35 miles south of Albuquerque. And with the insane traffic, and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on the Balloon Fiesta grounds, I would much rather relax in my recliner and let the local TV stations show me the balloons. And I don’t have to worry about fuel, parking fees, entrance fees, overpriced toys, or any of the other expenses there.

cee
9 days ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Some of us live over 1000 mi. away & have never witnessed or experienced the balloon fiesta. Maybe you’d like to host my 25′ class C in your driveway. I promise not to commandeer your recliner.

Nancy A Winter
8 days ago
Reply to  cee

Cabellas nearby will let you camp free but you cannot leave your rig there during the day. Worked well for us in our Winnebago van. Then we got up and on the road at 5:30 to get in the long line to the parking lot where we dressed and had breakfast before going in for the lift off.

Leslie P
10 days ago

More power to them. I had zero desire to hang out with 20,000 people for anything. Ever. It’s more than likely bots that are booking and the sites will show up as a “glamping” destination

steve
10 days ago
Reply to  Leslie P

Amen

Chris Schiel
10 days ago

It was a joke. I and two others sat at our computers and at exactly 9am Mountain time, we clicked on the reserve button and the site never loaded, just kept getting errors. The site crashed and stayed that way for over two hours. Someone please explain to me how 20,000 people were able get on a crashed website and reserve a spot if the entire site was down. I would love to know? Something is a miss.

Last edited 10 days ago by Chris Schiel
Tom
10 days ago
Reply to  Chris Schiel

I’m with you, it was a nightmare.over two hours and nothing but errors. Something ain’t right. Sent them several emails during the process and have had no response.

Tanya
10 days ago
Reply to  Chris Schiel

I also sat refreshing the crashed website for well over 2 hours hoping to be able to book a campsite, just to find out later that they moved the reservation link to the main page as an emergency fix. As someone who has been to the Fiesta before, website and reservation system issues are an annual event and not at all unusual. These types of issues happen every year, and that was before the explosion in RVing that happened during the pandemic driving even more traffic to their website. The 20,000 reservations went through once the site recovered and they made the emergency fix though, not while it was down.

cee
9 days ago
Reply to  Chris Schiel

I had the same experience. The organizers should have had enough servers to handle the onslaught. Very disappointed I wasted 2 hours at my deskop for nothing.