Outstanding scenery brings many people to Utah, to see our twisting red-rock canyons, desert lakes, alpine meadows, craggy mountain peaks and many other diverse landscapes.
The variety here is astounding. What could make the state more colorful?
Well, a half-dozen multi-colored hot air balloons definitely add variety to the scenery. Balloon festivals are held in many locations around the state. They offer the opportunity to see balloons aloft, fun activities and the change to learn about or even participate in this enjoyable sport.
Many companies offer balloon rides, allowing people to see Utah's scenic wonders while dancing with the wind, high above the ground.
Below we list some annual Utah balloon events, and companies that offer rides.
Antelope Island Balloon & Kite Stampede - Lots of family entertainment, professional kite flyers, the animals of the island, and hot-air balloons. Held over Labor Day weekend on Antelope Island, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake.
Arts City Days balloon festival, early June, around Springville, near the city of Provo.
Bluff International Balloon Festival, second weekend of January, around the town of Bluff, deep in the heart of southern Utah's canyon country.
Canyonlands Ballooning - Defy gravity as you view the geologic wonders in the Moab/Arches/Canyonlands area.
Monument Valley Balloon Company provides breathtaking balloon rides through the monoliths and mesas of Monument Valley. Truly some of the most awe-inspiring rides available!
Ogden Valley Balloon Festival, held the third weekend of August at Wolf Creek Resort in Eden. Also features events throughout the Ogden Valley such as arts exhibits, Plein Aire competitions, crafts and live entertainment.
Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally, late June, around Panguitch, near Bryce Canyon National Park.
Park City Balloon Adventures offers scenic balloon adventure rides in the mountains around Park City. 435-645-8787 or 800-396-8787
Utah Outventures offers balloon rides at scenic locations throughout Utah. 866-366-8824 or 801-824-3934
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