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Telluride Balloon Festival

  • Date

    Jun 1 - Jun 3, 2018
  • More Info

2018 Festival information has yet to be released. Please check back soon!

 

General Festival Information

While the Telluride Balloon Festival is one of the smaller festivals, it is arguably the most beautiful of the season. Weather permitting, dozens of hot air balloons launch from Town Park on the east end of town and sail down the valley landing about one mile out of town. The balloons launch at sunrise (between 6:45 and 7 am) and bystanders often get to help with the launch. On Saturday night of the festival, the balloon pilots inflate their balloons along Main Street and fire up the propane for the "Glow". This is a beautiful and incredibly unique sight. 

All of the events are subject to weather conditions -- The box canyon is a very tricky place to fly as we are surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. But if you are lucky enough to get a chance to experience the flight of the balloons, it is an unparalleled moment. This event is entirely free; remember to bring your camera!

2017 Schedule of Events

June 3rd, 2017

  • 6:15am, Telluride Town Park-- Pilot briefing (public invited) and balloon launch. 
  • 1pm, Christ Presbyterian Church, downstairs-- Free Photo Workshop led by professional hot air balloon photographer Paul D. deBergeois. Learn how to take photos, even on your cell phone!
  • 7pm, Main Street Glo 'til 9:30pm-- Hot air balloons will inflate on Colorado Avenue for a spectacular show at dusk. Bring your camera! 

June 4th, 2017

  • 6:15am, Telluride Town Park-- Pilot briefing (public invited) and balloon launch.