The Balloonmeister

Doug Lenberg​

I started crewing in 1987 at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  In 1992 I started learning to fly and received my Private Pilot Certificate in 1994 and flew as a primary pilot at Fiesta in 1998.  From 2003 to 2005 I traveled around the world, flying in New Jersey, Leon Mexico, St. Jean Sur Richelieu, Montreal and in Gatineau, Ottawa. 


I became a Commercial Pilot in 2004 and have been happily flying since then doing Bucket List flights, weddings, proposal, etc. I have been sponsored by companies such as Wirsbo {Uponor}, McCormick Distilling {Tequila Rose, Triple Crown, and Tarantula Tequila in addition to Peabody Coal {Twenty Mile Coal Company}.


In 2006 I came in 10th place at the AIBF competition out of 750 pilots and also scored on one of the poles.


I began getting involved in Balloon Rally organizing in 1998 with the SnowDown Balloon Committee in Durango, Colorado and continued with that as Balloonmeister. I am also the Balloonmeister for the San Juan River Balloon Rally in Bloomfield, NM, with the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. 2019 will be our 12th year.


In 2016 I started the Animas Valley Balloon Rally in Durango Colorado with the sponsorship of the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and the General Palmer Hotel {Jackson Holdings}. In our first year we were mentioned by Colorado Economic Development Office in conjunction with the Durango Silverton Railroad and the Purgatory Ski Resort as some of the best events for small towns in Colorado.


I have been flying in the Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington area for about 14 years. 

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2021 will feature the following balloons.

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