If you love watching hot air balloons, it's time for a Colorado road trip.

Hot Air Balloon festivals are popular attractions across the nation, around the world, and even here in Colorado. One such event is happening in the small community of Erie, May 14-16.

For more than 20 years, the Erie Town Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival has been an annual event, although last year's festival had to be canceled because of the pandemic. The festival is back this year, but it will be a scaled-down version.

Hot Air Balloons Take To Flight

Hot air balloons are scheduled to launch each day, but it all depends on the weather. Too much wind can keep the balloons grounded, so it's always possible the balloons won't launch on a particular day. Event organizers recommend guests be on location by 6:30am to watch the balloons and take off.

The balloons will launch from the east side of Collier's Hill. To get there you'll take E. Erie Parkway to County Road 5 and then turn north. The balloons will be across from the Soaring Heights K-8 school.

Part of the weekend festival is the annual Erie Town Fair which takes place on Saturday  10am-4pm in downtown Erie.

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Where Is Erie?

If you're wondering where in the heck is Erie, Colorado you'll be happy to know it's not hard to find. The town of about 20,000 is located right off of Interstate 25 north of Denver.

If you've never been to a hot air balloon festival this is a good excuse for a Colorado road trip to experience something a little different. You may not know exactly what to expect, but that will part of the fun.

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