ELEPHANT BUTTE BALLOON REGATTA
Imagine a beautiful New Mexico sunrise speckled with brightly colored hot air balloons, being
reflected across the glassy surface of Elephant Butte Lake. This spectacular event is known as
the Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta and it is happening on September 13, 14, and 15th. You have
the opportunity to experience this picturesque setting and much more! This year’s event will
feature 20 balloonists from all over New Mexico and Arizona.
Admission to this event is free once you are inside Elephant Butte State Park. You will be
charged an entry fee by the park. Day use is $5.00 per vehicle or you can camp overnight for an
additional fee. We do take off on a very sandy beach so 4×4 vehicles are recommended, or stay
on hard pavement to avoid getting stuck.Our sport is wind driven. If the winds are not favorable
at 6:30 am when the pilots meet to discuss the day’s event, then we will have a 30 minute
weather hold. If the weather has not changed by 7 am, we may stick to a ground display only
and no flying will happen. We will do our best to update social media as the weather changes
but cannot always give you enough warning.
This year features a special music event put on by our friends at Pirate Hill. The music will start
at 7 am on Saturday, September 14 at Pirate Hill Cove. All are encouraged to go out and enjoy
the music as the hot air balloons take flight. After the morning flights are finished, enjoy the day
on the beach. On Saturday, September 14 from 9 am to 9 pm, the 11th annual Elephant Butte
Days will be held at the Sierra Del Rio Golf Course. It will feature music, food, and games.
As the sun sets on the golf course there will be a balloon glow and you will have the chance to also
take tether ride during the show.
One of a kind:
Looking to cross hot air ballooning off your bucket list or wanting a one of a kind experience to
share with your family? Click the link below to reserve your spot! You can also call to book your
reservation at 1-866-359-8329.
We also offer one of kind momentos to take home to remember the Elephant Butte Balloon
Regatta. We have three different t-shirts available for you to choose from thanks to Dukatt Tie
Dye. There is the traditional polo in an ash gray color, tie dye, and marble option.
For more information: www.ebbr.org