Telluride Hot Air Balloon Festival 2024

One of Colorado’s most beautiful destinations has been home to hot air balloons for 40 years. It’s hard to beat how awe-inspiring it is to see all those crafts floating in the valley.

The 40th annual Telluride Balloon Festival, during the first weekend in June, includes bright early morning launches and an evening ‘glo’ along Main Street.

If you’ve never visited Telluride, trust me, it’s well worth the drive; even more so with this balloon festival.

The History of Telluride, Colorado

In Colorado, the 1870s saw many make the journey to the San Juan Mountains to find their fortunes in gold and silver. Columbia was a tent camp in the valley of the mountains that many miners used.

Columbia became a city and in 1878 the name of that city was changed to reflect what was happening in the area at the time: the search for telluride minerals. They named the town Telluride.

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Anyone who has visited Telluride, like me, can tell you that being there just makes you feel like “Colorado.”

For example, if you sent a photo of Main Street to a stranger anywhere in the world, they would probably say, “That’s Colorado.”

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Telluride’s annual balloon festival would be a perfect time to visit the city; whether it’s your first or fiftieth.

The 2024 Telluride Balloon Festival

  • Friday May 31 – Sunday June 2, 2024
  • Launches at 6am (weather permitting) from Telluride Town Park, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
  • Soft drinks available.
  • Saturday evening Main Street ‘Glo’ – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • *Subject to change


Depending on how much time you want to spend on the road, you have three route options to Telluride:


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If you really want to make it an unforgettable weekend, try booking a room at The Imogene; you can go “cheaper” by staying in beautiful Ouray (they have a shuttle to Telluride) and staying at Twin Peaks Lodge.

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