13th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — From young to old, everyone has a reason to enjoy the hot air balloon festival.

“Think probably the best thing about getting in the hot air balloon is when you get up in the air and if you look that way you can see the lake and you can almost smell the water but you can’t” A young hot air balloon fan said.

“What is the prettiest site when you look up and see all these balloons in the air in Craig and Moffat County,” said a longtime Craig resident.

With each passing year, the hot air balloon festival grows in popularity, with more balloonists like pilot Kateyln Salazar from New Mexico coming from out of state.

Salazar said: “It’s just amazing, and it’s a small festival, but a new place to fly, and it’s always fun to meet new people and fly in different areas.”

Part of what makes this festival so unique are the different styles of balloons.

“On each different here, you see a different design, and it’s like each person is unique,” said a young hot air balloon fan.

To get a good spot and see all the wonderful colors, you better get there early.

“Go out either in the morning or in the evening. You want to get out here early in the evening, probably before sunset,” Salazar mentioned.

Aside from amazing views, where else can you get the chance to cool off and soak your feet in the river water like this?

“We call it a splash and dash.”

Whether you’re watching from the ground or soaring through the sky, Craig’s Hot Air Balloon Festival is a place you’re sure to have a blast.