This event, which takes place one weekend in July in Steamboat Springs, is everything you would want an hot air balloon rodeo to be. Wake up early to watch the balloons being inflated and take to the sky.
The sunrise along with this colorful display is worth every minute of sleep lost just to get there. Free shuttle buses to the event are provided by Steamboat Springs (did I mention all the buses to move around the entire area are free?!) and we loved every single second of it.