Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival
See the splendor of graceful hot air balloons lifting into the morning sky during the annual Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival in Elko and Spring Creek, July 23-25, 2021. An Elko-area tradition since 2002, the festival is a venue for balloonists—pilots, crew and enthusiasts—to share their love of hot air ballooning with others. Besides balloon launches, the event is also host to a variety of vendors that sell unique balloon items and festival attire.
Ruby Mountain Hot Air, Inc., a non-profit club made up of people interested in the sport of hot air ballooning, organizes the Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival each year. During the festival, some pilots take their balloons to visit area schools, encouraging students to explore a balloon up close, learning all about what makes them fly, where they fly, what they’re made of.
Individual pilots also provide balloon rides to help local charities raise money for their causes, or act as eye catchers to advertise or draw attention to specific events. For a schedule of events and more information on the Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival and planning your trip to Elko, please dial the Elko Visitors Center at (775) 738-4091 or click Visit Elko.