Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

Sat. Jul. 12, 2014 - Sun. Jul. 13, 2014

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Bald Eagle Lake, 35565 South Highway 40

33rd Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo & 40th 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. The rodeo portion consists of fun contests like dipping into Bald Eagle Lake and since balloon pilots can be pretty competitive, you’re guaranteed a good show. Once the balloons are in the air, sip on coffee and eat a yummy crepe from one of the vendors as you watch more balloons dot the Yampa Valley sky.

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.

When the sun goes down head back up to the mountain area and take in the colors as the sun goes down and the balloons light up for the balloon glow on Mt. Werner.

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Launch Field


For the ultimate experience, you are invited to join us on the launch field to watch the pilots prepare for take off! This is a great photography opportunity. Balloon inflation begins at 6:00 a.m.


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.


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. Transporation begins from the Medows parking log at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sundy.

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. *No dogs are allowed at event site due to balloon hazards. Thank you!

Balloon Glow

This year the fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Come see the excitement as balloons glow throughout the Mountain Village. 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.

The countdown to illumination begins at 8:30 p.m. Balloon Rodeo souvenirs will be available for purchase from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. along the Promenade. Take a stroll through the village and visit our many shops and restaurants. Ample Free Parking is available at the Mountain Village. For more information visit Steamboat Mountain Village's website.

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo And Glow

2014 Weekend Schedule

Please check back as we will continue to update the event schedule for 2014.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

6:00 a.m.  Launch field opens and transportation begins from the Meadows parking Lot
6:00 a.m.  Balloon Inflation
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Bald Eagle Lake
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Art in the Park, West Lincoln Park
8:45 p.m.  Balloon Glow, Gondola Base Area

Sunday, July 13, 2014

6:00 a.m.  Launch field opens and transportation begins from the Meadows parking Lot
6:00 a.m.  Balloon Inflation
6:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Hot Air 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.

Full Calendar

Hot Air Balloon Pilots

See the link below for the 2014 pilot application.

Pilot Application

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.

Volunteer   Sponsorships   Vendors