Colorful balloons fill Southwest Colorado skies during the Balloon & Art Festival


Mancos Valley-Mesa Verde Country® Balloon & Art Festival

Mesa Verde Country® takes flight this summer with balloons ascending and floating over the beautiful Mancos Valley during the 9th Annual Mancos Valley-Mesa Verde Country® Balloon & Art Festival.

This exciting event is sure to make spirits soar with three special mass ascensions and one spectacular balloon glow. The party begins when the pilots arrive and doesn't end until after the last balloon has glowed and been packed away.

See spectacular colors, volunteer as a crew/chase member and experience the thrill of assisting the pilots, or simply view as a spectator. Balloon rides are available by reservation (see sidebar), with tethered rides available after the mass ascensions (weather permitting.) On Sunday evening a "must see" balloon glow takes place in Boyle Park. The glow includes larger special shapes and many other colorful balloons.

Other events during the Balloon & Art Festival include: Food, Art and Music. On Saturday evening a dinner, dancing, entertainment, and silent auction will take place in downtown Mancos.

The Balloon & Art Festival in operated as part of Mesa Verde Country® Festivals, a 501 (c) (3) organization. The festival is dedicated to producing a family-oriented, high-quality event that provides opportunities for local non-profits and sponsors to assist in the operation of the festival. Their objective is to increase awareness of participating non profits, assist in their ability to raise funds, and enhance the quality of life for all of us.

General Information

  • Proceeds to benefit the Medicine Horse Center.

  • All activities are subject to weather conditions.

  • Reservations are now being taken for balloon rides. Cost: $125 per person. Please call Bobbi Black, Festival Coordinator at 970-560-0203.

  • In consideration of the balloons, and for the safety of your animals, dogs will not be allowed at the Park.