For the first weeks we parked at Kirkland AFB. Then we moved to the Balloon Fiesta grounds where we had made reservations a year in advance. From our spot on the grounds, we were above the field basically on a plateau-like area and had a bird's eye view of everything--from the hundreds of school buses that transported people in around 0600 (6 AM) on the first day to watching the balloons inflate and fly to the light show and fireworks at night. It was a wonderful sight and another cross-off on our bucket list.
I took so many photos. Below is just a sample. I'll post the video separately. Enjoy.