41st Annual Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally Takes Flight

DRIGGS, Idaho (KIFI) – The annual Teton Valley Hot Air Balloon Rally is ready to take off into the sky for this holiday weekend. Lightning forced the cancellation of the first day of the festivities, but organizers are hoping for better weather conditions July 2-4.

The festivities begin every morning just after sunrise around 6am. At this time, the 24 participants will launch their hot air balloons into the sky. For Saturday July 2, the auroras will also take flight just before sunrise. Other activities include an information kiosk with souvenirs, a walk-in hot air balloon ride, and a local food truck.

All rally pilots have an official license to fly their hot air balloon and take part in several rallies across the country. Participants come from Oregon, New Mexico and even New Hampshire.

Spectators and pilots both say that their main love for hot air balloons is the view. For spectators, they say they love the beauty of the ball with the great views in the background. For pilots, most enjoy flying and navigating at high altitudes, especially with the stunning views of the Teton Valley.

Admission is $15 per car if you pay in advance. It’s $25 per car if you pay at the gate of the Teton Valley Fairgrounds.