Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

Sat. July 13, 2019 - Sun. July 14, 2019

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Bald Eagle Lake, 35565 South Highway 40

38th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo & 45th Annual Art in the Park

The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park events offer artistry and color both on canvases and in the air making this weekend a staple of Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the summertime.

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

Get to the launch grounds early to see the balloons inflate and enjoy this wonderful photography opportunity.

The rodeo portion of the event consists of fun contests like dipping into Bald Eagle Lake and since balloon pilots can be pretty competitive, you’re guaranteed a good show.

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo 2017

Once the balloons are in the air, sip on coffee, grab breakfast and visit with our local vendors as you watch more balloons dot the Yampa Valley sky.

For a complete guide to your Hot Air Balloon Rodeo experience in Steamboat, click here.

Art in the Park

Just minutes away, another colorful scene awaits at Art in the Park, where arts and crafts, performances and an interactive children’s area will fill your day.

Balloon Glow

On Saturday, the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Head back to the mountain area and take in the colors as the balloon glow lights up on Mt. Werner.

Spectators will have the opportunity to walk among the tethered balloons or take photos of this beautiful display from the numerous restaurant patios and hotel and condo balconies at the base of the mountain.

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Featured Lodging

Please check back for lodging specials and save on your summer holiday! From the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo to Art in the Park, enjoy the most colorful weekend in Steamboat Springs.

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2018 Weekend Schedule

Saturday, July 14th

6:00 a.m.  Launch field opens and transportation begins from the Meadows parking lot. No public parking at the event. No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards. No smoking at launch field.
6:00 a.m.  Balloon Inflation, Bald Eagle Lake
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Balloon Rodeo, Bald Eagle Lake
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Art in the Park, West Lincoln Park
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Farmers Market, Downtown Steamboat
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Pro Rodeo Series, Brent Romick Arena
8:15 - 9:00 p.m.  Balloon Glow, Gondola Base Area
9:00 p.m. Movies on the Mountain, Gondola Base Area

Sunday, July 15th

6:00 a.m.  Launch field opens and transportation begins from the Meadows parking lot. No public parking at the event. No dogs are allowed due to balloon hazards. No smoking at launch field.
6:00 a.m.  Balloon Inflation, Bald Eagle Lake
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Balloon Rodeo, Bald Eagle Lake
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Art in the Park, West Lincoln Park

View the full calendar of events for Hot Air Balloon Rodeo weekend by clicking on the link below. Please continue to check back as more events will be added to the 2018 Weekend Schedule as they become available.

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Launch Field Location

Approximately 9/10 of a mile south of Walton Creek Road on Highway 40. The physical address is: 35565 South Highway 40 and the property is better known as the Bald Eagle Lake.

Parking

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo: There is no public parking at the event. Free transportation is provided from the Meadows Parking lot on Pine Grove Road. Parking will also be free in the Meadows Parking lot. Transportation begins from the Meadows parking lot at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a suggested donation of $10 per car to help insure the longevity of the most colorful weekend in Steamboat Springs!

Due to the event's convenient location on the edge of town, we encourage spectators to walk, ride their bikes or take the shuttle from the hotel or lodge. Parking along Highway 40 is strictly prohibited. No dogs are allowed at event site due to balloon hazards.

Balloon Glow: Ample free parking is available at the Mountain Village.

2018 Balloon Sponsors

Christy Sports
City of Steamboat Springs
Coca Cola Bottling Co. - High Country
Coldwell Banker
Ferrell Gas
Mountain Village
Native Excavating
Northwest Data Services
Peabody Energy Twentymile Mine
Rabbit Ears Motel
RE/MAX
Resort Group
Rex's Family of Restaurants
Steamboat Pilot & Today
Steamboat Resorts by Wyndham
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation
The Steamboat Grand
United Companies
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Yampa Valley Bank
Yampa Valley Electric Association

Pilots

If you are interested in participating in the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, please contact Show Director Debby Standefer by calling 303-862-2869 or emailing debby@ddmarketingconcepts.com.

Vendors, Volunteers, and Sponsorships

Find information in the below links for options on how you or your business can be a part of one of the most colorful events in Steamboat Springs.

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