High Desert Hang Gliding

High Desert Hang Gliding is located in the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The famous Sandia Peak offers one of the most unique hang gliding experiences.

A family owned business that strives to teach and expand the horizon of hang gliding.

Operating as usual

[02/16/16]   Congrats go to Brian for his first real soaring flight at La Bajada this Sunday. Also congrats to Michael C. launching into a soar able conditions but at sunset.

[12/26/15]   Here we are facing another NM winter head on. All I can say if you want airtime get out of town. If things go as usual we have till late February before it starts looking doable. For now do your annual, break in that harness in front of your TV , repack your reserve.etc. Keep deaming of those flights at cloud base heading across the flats on a long glide to that next big one. Cheers,

[12/18/15]   We are planning a tandem clinic for April 9-10 for those looking to up their skills not only as tandem instructors but to get some truck tow experiance. We are open to 6 pilots.


Some great tandems this morning

[06/07/15]   To set the record straight High Desert HG is a father son operation, Charlie and myself hold integrity and safety the upmost. We offer what I think a good value in Tandem flights and solo lessons. We use the most up to date equipment available and we are both current and experienced pilots with the some of 55 years total flying experience. Your flight is important to us as a safe and as a fun learning experience.
Our tow system works best for the environment we do our flying here in our high desert environment of the southwest. You are taken on tow into the air from ground level(5300') to an altitude close to(7000') which when totaled (3400') this higher then most mountain flights. Please understand our schedule to tandem are limited to mostly weekends. We ask you contact either of us to schedule your flight two days before flying. We do appreciate your feedback.
Cheers, Mel


Hang Gliding La Bajada, NM


Charles Glantz Launching Moyes Litespeed S 3.5 La Bajada, NM

[04/10/15]   Will be conducting tandem Sunday morning if anyone's interested IM me

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[01/30/15]   New Tandem glider and tow rig working well we are looking forward to a busy season of flying. Give us a try, I know you are going to like it!


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The old man and myself are doing a presentation at a local elementary school.

[12/29/14]   Hang Gliding 4 year old girl Tandem Flight off the: http://youtu.be/1NUld8ZSwdI

[10/21/14]   We officially have become Icaro dealer


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[07/26/14]   Not all T2's fly the same I am thankful to be able to tell the difference. This new one seems to be a climber but not without a few problems that need to be taken care of. Slight right turn is annoying after this is resolved it think l might drop the sprogs a turn. Softening the tips didn't make it handle any better.

[07/26/14]   Best day in a long time. Topped out at 15300' and 2hrs on the mountain. Balloon park landing at sunset. Amazing!

[06/26/14]   Mtn gave it up today. Thanks to Giles for driving for BK and yours truly.. Very Spring early summer flying condition. Roudy low smoother with strong winds aloft. After a somewhat trying launch I was greeted with some good soaring. Super evening sunset and a no steper. Thx Giles for making it happen.

[03/24/14]   Now offering tandem tows for $200.00 if interested in gift certificate please give Charles a call (505) 463-6717

[03/24/14]   The thermals are out there. I got to play in a few yesterday after a fine 1800 foot solo tow flying the tandem T2. Charlie Abby and myself out slinging tandems again the rig is working great! New pilots at the south hill are getting some really good flights. The session is on.

[10/31/13]   Happy Halloween!!!

[06/29/13]   Lovely weather we're having here in Albuquerque, NM

[05/12/13]   Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

[04/27/13]   Is there anyone that might interested in doing a tandem tomorrow?

[04/27/13]   We had some awesome tandem tows this morning! God do I love my job! Hope everyone has a great Saturday.

[04/25/13]   Good Morning!

[03/02/13]   We will be conducting tandems tomorrow at 9 AM if anyone is interested I'll do 1000 foot tandems for $75

[01/06/13]   If anyone is interested I'll be doing tandems tomorrow for $75 to 1000 feet hit me up (505)463-6717

[01/05/13]   Did 5 tandems today! Boy was it cold!

[11/22/12]   Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!

[10/02/12]   Offering discovery tandem flights for $150 if anyone is interested! Please feel free to send me and IM.

[09/26/12]   Thank you everyone for the likes

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2710 Parsifal St NE
Albuquerque, NM

Opening Hours

Monday 5am - 7pm
Tuesday 5am - 7pm
Wednesday 5am - 8pm
Thursday 5am - 7pm
Friday 5am - 7pm
Saturday 7am - 11am
Sunday 7am - 7pm
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