Deluxe Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta,
Durango, Mesa Verde & Santa Fe

October 5-13, 2024  

Always fills fast, book today!

Limited space left, book now!

Your tour price includes:

  • Flight from Salt Lake to Albuquerque included!  ($295.00 p.p. value)
        * Saves over 10 + hours of straight driving!
  • Deluxe and First Class accommodations in great locations
  • Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab for 2-nights!
  • Doubletree by Hilton in Durango for 2-nights
  • Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
  • Hampton Inn Albuquerque - just a few miles from the Balloon Fiesta grounds
  • Fully escorted from Salt Lake City by Brian Judd Tours
  • Five Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta events
  • Deluxe pre-reserved open-air gondola seats on the Durango-Silverton Train
  • Entrance fees to all the National Parks
  • 13 Meals: 8 Full Cold/Hot Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners  (B,L,D)
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation- restroom and DVD equipped
  • All sightseeing and admissions paid! 
  • Santa Fe Sightseeing with local guide
  • Historic Santa Fe & Albuquerque
  • Top quality and service throughout
  • Taxes on all services paid
  • Experienced Tour Guides who take very good care of you!


All for only * $3365.00 per person, double occupancy.
* Includes return flight home to Salt Lake City ($295.00 pp value)

 $4770.00 single occupancy room. (Limited triple/quad rooms available). 

* Price reflects a pay by check/cash discount.  Credit cards + 3.85%



Day One – Saturday, October 5        * SALT LAKE CITY * ARCHES NATIONAL PARK * MOAB

Depart this morning for your fun filled tour to see all the amazing sights of the “OLD SOUTHWEST”. Get acquainted with your traveling companions today as we travel to Moab where we spend time in spectacular Arches National Park.  We will have several photo stops with incredible views and wonderful scenery.  Enjoy a nice welcome dinner tonight with the group.  Our hotel in Moab for the next two-nights is the number #1 rated Deluxe Red Cliffs Lodge!   (D)

Day Two – Sunday, October 6          * MOAB * DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK

* New for 2024!
 By popular demand we have added an extra night at the incredible Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab!*Today we visit the Iconic Dead Horse Point State Park. With an immense desert landscape of canyons, high desert woodland, and views to last a lifetime, Dead Horse Point offers an incredible experience.  After a fun morning, enjoy free time in Moab at the many shops and restaurants.  Later we return to our #1 rated deluxe Red Cliffs Lodge!  Evening at leisure to relax, swim in the pool, and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the red cliffs of Moab.    (B)

Day Three – Monday, October 7        * MOAB * MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK * DURANGO

Today we visit Mesa Verde National Park, a fascinating National Park established by Theodore Roosevelt to “preserve the works of man”. Learn more about the incredible culture of the Pueblo people as we make photo stops at many of the archaeological sights. We’ll stop at Spruce Tree House, one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings and viewpoints of the amazing Cliff Palace. Later we travel to Durango, a town born in the Gold Rush and silver-mining era, where we’ll stay for the next two nights in the perfectly located Hilton DoubleTree hotel. You’ll have some free time for shopping and dinner on your own this evening. (B,L)                                                                                                                                

Day Four – Tuesday, October 8        * DURANGO * SILVERTON TRAIN

This morning we board the narrow-gauge Durango-Silverton Train in our pre-reserved Open-Air Gondola seats for a scenic ride through San Juan National Forest. This legendary train winds its way through beautiful Rio De Las Animas Canyon with breathtaking scenery. Enjoy free time in Silverton, once a major mining town named after the bragging statement by an early miner who said: “We have no gold, but silver-by-the-ton!” Arrive back in Durango around 5:30pm and enjoy free time for dinner and shopping on main street Durango.    (B)                                                                                                                        

Day Five – Wednesday, October 9    * DURANGO * SANTA FE

Our journey this morning takes us from Colorado to New Mexico. Enjoy a scenic ride in your deluxe motor coach as we make our way into New Mexico.  After a lunch break on your own, we continue to Santa Fe and our Deluxe Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza hotel, ideally located just a short walk from the Santa Fe Historic Plaza and the Palace of the Governors. Enjoy some free time this evening in the oldest capitol city in the United States. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants near your hotel or in the Santa Fe Plaza.  (B)                                                                                                                                  

Day Six – Thursday, October 10            * SANTA FE * ALBUQUERQUE

After breakfast we’ll have a sightseeing tour of Santa Fe with a local guide. See the modern State Capitol, Loretto Chapel with its beautiful spiral staircase, and the Historic Town Plaza, which marks the end of the Old Sante Fe Trail.  After a lunch break, we head south to Albuquerque.  Tonight, enjoy a delicious Brazilian style dinner at “Tucanos”. Our hotel for the next three nights is the Hampton Inn & Suites which has a premium location, just a few miles from the Balloon Fiesta grounds!  Most groups stay further away which means they spend at least an hour or more in traffic each way. We are only a 10-to-15-minute drive for all our Balloon Fiesta events!    (B,D)                                                                     

Day Seven – Friday, October 11             * ALBUQUERQUE * BALLOON FIESTA EVENTS

This morning we get our first look at the World-Famous Balloon Fiesta.  First, we’ll see the Morning Glow event followed by the amazing Special Shape Ascension, the most popular event.  See the most incredibly shaped balloons as the special shape balloons take flight.  After a nice rest break at the hotel, visit the Historic Old Town with free time to shop and explore.  This evening we return to the Balloon Fiesta to see the Special Shape “Glowdeo”, Mini-Drone Show, and the “AfterGlow” fireworks show.  Dinner tonight is included right near the launch area at the exclusive Chasers Club. This is the best way to see these fantastic balloons and enjoy an unforgettable night!   (B,D)   

Day Eight – Saturday, October 12          * ALBUQUERQUE * BALLOON FIESTA EVENTS

Enjoy breakfast this morning before departing for the “Mass Ascension” event, one of the main highlight events at the Balloon Fiesta. Over 550 balloons take flight!  This afternoon we explore the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is owned and operated by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico, and dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian culture, history and art. The center includes a 10,000 sq ft heritage museum.  You’ll also see Pueblo Indian Tribal dances. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants located right by our hotel.    (B,L)

Day Nine – Sunday, October 13            * ALBUQUERQUE * SALT LAKE CITY

Enjoy breakfast this morning before transferring to the ABQ airport for our flight home to Salt Lake City. (Other cities available, please call for details).  Flying home saves a 12 hour plus bus ride back to Salt Lake.  Arrive home with many wonderful memories of the “Old Southwest” and the World’s largest Balloon Festival.  (B)            

In case of inclement weather at the Balloon Fiesta and if an event was cancelled for the day, we have planned extra time in our itinerary so that we can return to the Fiesta on another night and/or morning to ensure the best possible chance of seeing all events planned.
We do it right!

 About this tour:   We invite you to join us on this outstanding tour and once-in-a-lifetime Old Southwest experience plus the World’s largest Balloon Fiesta. We are excited about this well planned, well organized itinerary, taking you to all the sights and special points of interest in Southern Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. You will appreciate the top-quality service, first class hotels, delicious meals, and great sightseeing.

About this tour
We invite you to join us on this outstanding tour and once-in-a-lifetime Southwest experience plus the 52nd World Famous Balloon Fiesta. We are excited about this well planned, well organized deluxe itinerary taking you to all the sights and special points of interest in Southern Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. You will appreciate the top quality service, first class hotels, 13 delicious meals and complete sightseeing. The Balloon Fiesta Events are just some of the highlights of this tour to the LAND OF ENCHANTMENT!



Tour Includes:

  • 52nd Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
  • Arches National Park
  • Moab
  • Dead Horse Point
  • Wilson's Arch
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Durango
  • Silverton
  • Durango-Silverton Train
  • Santa Fe
  • Loretto Chapel
  • Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi
  • San Miguel Mission
  • Albuquerque Old Town
  • Special Shapes Ascension
  • Mass Ascension
  • Afterglow Fireworks Show
  • Special Shape "Glowdeo"
  • Morning Glow
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Museum
  • and More!