Your Guide to Getting the Most out of Your Weekend

Hot Air Balloon RodeoThe Yampa Valley Balloon Rodeo is one of the most colorful and beautiful weekends in Steamboat Springs. The event is a highly anticipated weekend full of balloons and art in colorful Colorado for a weekend to remember. From balloons floating across the valley in the early morning light to illuminating at dusk at the base of the mountain, this vibrant Rocky Mountain weekend is one not to be missed.

As the balloons navigate the valley, here are some things to know to navigate the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo for the best viewing experience.

Getting Around

Balloons will launch July 26-28th, 2024 from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The balloons will launch from the southeast side of town from Bald Eagle Lake, although NO SPECTATORS are allowed on the field. The balloons are expected to launch as early as 6 am - so be sure to get to your viewing area in advance. Some folks prefer to watch from the patio of their homes or Airbnb and the Yampa Valley Balloon Rodeo will provide spectator areas as the event nears.  The Yampa Valley Balloon Rodeo is a busy weekend in Steamboat, so we recommend booking your lodging in advance and taking the free bus in town or riding bikes to viewing areas. 

While You’re There

As the balloons fill the sky, enjoy coffee or breakfast from our local vendors and enjoy the view. Whether you’re close to the action or getting wide views, this is the perfect time to hone your photography skills. Colorful balloons create the perfect backdrop against a bluebird Colorado sky. Plus, we love supporting small businesses during these exciting weekends here in Steamboat Springs!

After Dark

From sunrise to sunset, the Yampa Valley Balloon Rodeo offers a full day of color and festivities. Spectators can enjoy eight illuminated balloons in various locations during the event weekend.

With so many ways to enjoy the Yampa Valley Balloon Rodeo, you’re sure to have a weekend packed with color and excitement. Check out our calendar for other events to round out your weekend.