There is nothing quite like the sight of green grass, blue sky, snow capped mountains, and colorful hot air balloons floating in the sky. This sight can be seen at the Telluride Balloon Festival, which takes place the weekend of May 31st - June 2nd in downtown Telluride.
While Telluride hosts a variety of large summer festivals, the Balloon Festival is more quaint and one of 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, as that is the best time of day for the balloons to work with the weather. Often, people watching the festival may also get to help with the launch.
On Saturday night of the festival, June 1st, the balloon pilots inflate their balloons along Main Street and fire up the propane for the "Glow". This is a magical sight that is stunning to see in the beautiful downtown and big mountain backdrop.All of the events are subject to weather conditions. The box canyon can be a tricky place to fly as it is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. However, if Mother Nature cooperates and the flight of the balloons get up in the sky, it is an incredible moment that most people say is the most stunning of the season. Definitely bring your camera and be prepared to snap lots of photos for this stunning event.