Balloon Pilots

Welcome Pilots

We are so excited to have you join us for the 39th annual Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Bringing color and beauty to our Colorado skies during this unprecedented year will bring joy and comfort to so many.


Covid-19 Protocols

Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth.
Stay home if you are sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Handwash stations will be available at the launch site as well as soap in the restrooms.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Read more information from the on Covid-19 transmission mitigation

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Pilot’s Reception

Our annual VIP Dinner for pilots, sponsors and crew will be Friday, August 28th at 5:00pm Yampa River Botanic Gardens. It’s a great occasion to greet old friends and meet new ones, get briefed on the weekend’s flights, weather and activities, and otherwise get settled into Steamboat Springs for the weekend. Upon Check in We will have a short health questionnaire and check temperatures to be compliant with health safety protocols. No dogs allowed, please.
 
Each pilot will receive a goodie bag with our signature hand blown hot air balloon ornament compliments of Solar Flare as well as an official 2020 t-shirt, champagne and non-alcoholic sparking grape juice.
 

Please RSVP for the Pilot’s Reception if you have not already.

CLICK HERE to rsvp

 

Morning Launches

We will be doing our Saturday and Sunday morning launches in multiple waves. See the schedule below for wave arrival and launch times. Please be on time for your scheduled launch. Launch waves will be announced at the Pilot’s Reception. No dogs allowed, please.
 

EVENING BALLOON GLOW

We are excited for the return of the evening Balloon Glow. We encourage our pilots to join us for this public event. We have room for up to 8 balloons to tether and glow at the event and up to five additional candlestick displays. Please indicate on your pilot application if you are interested in participating.
 
We will have food and merchant vendors along with music from the Music Man.
 

Pilot Schedule

FRIDAY, July 9, 2021

6:00 A.M. Media Flight – Bald Eagle Lake
3:00 P.M. Hotel check in

Pilot’s Reception

No dogs allowed

Yampa River Botanic Gardens (parking at Emerald Park) : Parking is at the Emerald Park Parking lot. Walk down the bike path to the Gardens.

5:00 P.M. Begin Pilot Check in
5:30 P.M. Dinner Service
6:30 P.M. Safety Meeting

Saturday, July 10TH

No dogs allowed

Bald Eagle Lake Directions : 34931-34867 S Highway 40. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

5:30 A.M. Dawn Patrol Launch
6:00 A.M. Pilots arrive
6:15 A.M. Pilot Briefing
6:15 A.M. Radio programming begins
6:30 A.M. Launch wave #1
6:45 A.M. Launch wave #2
7:00 A.M. Launch wave #3
9:00 A.M. Radio programming ends
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Balloon refueling

SUNDAY, JULY 11TH

No dogs allowed

Bald Eagle Lake Directions : 34931-34867 S Highway 40. Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

5:30 A.M. Dawn Patrol Launch
6:00 A.M. Pilots arrive
6:15 A.M. Pilot Briefing
6:15 A.M. Radio programming begins
6:30 A.M. Launch wave #1
6:45 A.M. Launch wave #2
7:00 A.M. Launch wave #3
9:00 A.M. Radio programming ends
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Balloon refueling


If you have any questions about the event, feel free to give us a call or drop an email.
Looking forward to a great weekend.

 

Doug Lenberg, Balloon Meister
505-947-1242 | dlenberg.rgbs@gmail.com


Krista DeHerrera, Event Director
970-987-4214c | kdeherrera@cmnm.org


Logan Molen, Steamboat Pilot & Today Publisher
970-871-4224o | lmolen@steamboatpilot.com

 

“Friday Media Day”