You are here

Get Directions
Related Items: 
Summer Events

Sat. July 14, 2018 - Sun. July 15, 2018

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Bald Eagle Lake, 35565 South Highway 40

37th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo & 44th 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.

Once the balloons are in the air, sip on coffee, grab breakfast from one of our local vendors, and let the kids burn off some energy in the kids zone as you watch more balloons dot the Yampa Valley sky.

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.

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.
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

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. 
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

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 $5 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.