Balloon Bonanza

The Front Range offers a plethora of striking vistas, and when you add in a gaggle of bulbous balloons floating in the deep blue skies, it's a view that's hard to beat. Unless, of course, you factor in an evening illumination of said balloons — perhaps adding some live music, historical re-enactments and a NASA tent with holographic video maps of the moon and Mars.

Sounds like the Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival has gotten even better: This year, there's a wheelchair-accessible tethered hot-air balloon available for rides. The first ascent takes place this morning at 6:45 a.m., and a range of activities are scheduled throughout the weekend. The festival is held at Chatfield State Park, C-470 and Wadsworth Boulevard in Littleton; admission is free, and parking is $7 (or free with an annual state park pass). Visit for information and a full schedule.
Aug. 24-26

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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