Up, up and away… Balloons lift in Angel Fire June 15-17

Balloons ascend during the 2017 Balloons Over Angel Fire. (Chronicle file photo)

Mountains, blue sky towering clouds and colorful balloons…. Balloons Over Angel Fire will fill the skies of the Moreno Valley with 40 hot-air balloons Father’s Day weekend, June 15-17 at Colfax County Airport, Angel Fire. Each day begins with a mass ascension, Saturday evening ends with a balloon glow. Balloon rides will also be available for a fee with advanced reservations. For more information go to balloonsoverangelfire.com

Want to be part of a chase crew? Balloon pilots are always looking for additional help in inflating, chasing and deflating the balloon each day. Arrive at the launch field any or all of the mornings of Mass Balloon Ascensions no later than 6:30 a.m. and volunteer to assist a pilot with their balloon. In return, most pilots will also offer you a ride for your help! This is a great way to find out more about the sport of hot-air ballooning and have a fun experience.

Friday (June 15)

  • 7 a.m. Mass Ascension
  • 7 – 10 a.m. Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7 –11a.m. Balloon Vendors open
  • 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Taos Pueblo open
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Memorial open
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River
  • 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Scramble, Angel Fire Resort Golf Course
  • 5 – 7:30 p.m. Music in Frontier Park

Saturday (June 16)

  • 5 a.m. Angel Fire Endurance Race
  • 7 a.m.Mass Ascension
  • 7 – 10 a.m. Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7 – 10 a.m. Pilot Challenge Game sponsored by Enchanted Circle Pottery
  • 7 –11a.m. Balloon Vendors open
  • 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Taos Pueblo open
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Memorial open
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River
  • 4 p.m.-Midnight  Festival Eclectica music festival, Angel Fire Airport
  • 7 p.m. Balloon Launch Field opens
  • 9 p.m. Balloon Glow – bring your flashlight and camp chairs

Sunday (June 17)

  • 7 a.m. Mass Ascension
  • 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. Angel Fire Endurance Race
  • 7 – 10 a.m. Angel Fire Rotary Burrito Breakfast
  • 7 – 11 a.m. Balloon Vendors open
  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Taos Pueblo open
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chairlift Rides, Angel Fire Resort Bike Park
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Memorial open
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Art + Farmer’s Market, Frontier Park
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Red River Art & Wine Festival, Brandenburg Park, Red River

Want to be part of a chase crew? Mass Balloon Ascensions are scheduled daily and a special Balloon Glow is scheduled for Saturday night. Balloon pilots are always looking for additional help in inflating, chasing and deflating the balloon each day. You can become a part of Balloons Over Angel Fire by being at the launch field any or all of the mornings of Mass Balloon Ascensions no later than 6:30 AM and volunteer to assist a pilot with their balloon. In return, most pilots will also offer you a ride for your help! This is a great way to find out more about the sport of hot-air ballooning and have a fun experience.