Celebrating its 36th year, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally has truly become a Taos community event. Every year on the last full weekend in October, as the trees in the high country erupt into a painter’s canvas of oranges, reds, ambers and yellows, even more color is added to the vista as the Taos skies are filled with dozens of brightly colored hot air balloons lifting into the clear, cold dawn of a Taos Mountain sunrise.
Smaller than many such events, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is an invitational and typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews each year. The rally – primarily because it is smaller and more intimate – has become a popular stop for balloonists, families and crews, Taoseños and visitors alike. Parents and kids get “up-close and personal” with the balloonists every morning as the crews prepare for launch. The three-day event includes mass ascensions at dawn, balloon glows in the evening, a parade and a grand ball.
A variety of vendors will be at the Balloon Rally field throughout the weekend selling food and soft goods.
Taos Mountain Balloon Rally
- 117 NM-240
- Taos, 87571
- Balloon Rally Field