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Breathtaking views at the Steamboat Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Hot air balloons dotted the sky in northwest Colorado’s Yampa Valley Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The 36th annual Steamboat Hot Air Balloon Rodeo took place this weekend. The rodeo consists of contests like dipping into Bald Eagle Lake.

The action happens early — from 6 to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

There is typically a colorful “balloon glow” event as the sun sets Saturday night. It was a little different this year.

“Tonight was supposed to be the Balloon Glow at the base of the ski area. But instead, it was the Balloon Burn,” Shannon Lukens, the news director at Steamboat Radio told FOX31 Denver. “The Balloon Meister, Debby Standefer, was worried about wind so she opted not to have the balloons inflate. Instead, the balloon crews brought their baskets and lit up the sky with the flame. It was great! It was a packed house, too. ”