The 36th Annual Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rodeo takes place this year on Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9, 2017.
It’s the main event, and it’s something you’ve just got to see for yourself. Imagine the sight of dozens upon dozens of hot air balloons—some themed, all festive—ascending and filling the sky with color, framed by shimmering Bald Eagle Lake and ruggedly beautiful mountains as a backdrop. And since these pilots enjoy some fun competition, you’ll see aerial contests like dipping into the lake and raising back up to the sky. The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo is one of Steamboat’s most iconic events and an absolute must-see.
Nearby West Lincoln Park hosts this great companion event to the Rodeo. Art in the Park features over 150 artist vendors, live entertainment, delicious food and drink, and an interactive children’s art area. After the morning’s breathtaking balloon liftoff, it’s the natural next stop and the ideal place to find one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs, all in a beautiful riverside setting.
As evening falls, the legions of hot air balloons will show off their colors in a whole new way—the Hot Air Balloon Glow. This nighttime balloon launch lights up the night sky in a breathtaking display just as amazing as the Rodeo before it, punctuating the sky with a constellation of new stars: the glowing balloons themselves.
During the festival, we suggest Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas as a home base; and a relaxing retreat with amenities and activities of its own. Unwind in the warm, soothing waters of the resort’s hot tubs. Play a round at the nearby Rollingstone Golf Course—one of Colorado’s best. Or relax beside the climate-controlled outdoor pool and enjoy a perfect Steamboat summer night.