Hot air balloons rally in the desert for festival

Ballons glow in the night at the Community Center in Bluff, Utah, as part of the 16th annual Bluff International Balloon Festival Jan. 17-19. The Saturday night Balloon Glow-In is a highlight of the weekend’s events.



Green and yellow hues shine in the daylight as one of more than 30 hot air ballons is filled at daybreak Jan. 19 during the balloon festival. The balloon was being prepped for the Sunrise Fly in Valley of the Gods.



Balloons taking off from Valley of the Gods just after first light.



A balloon flies over a red rock cliff in Valley of the Gods.



A pilot fires up his gas burner to fill his hot air balloon during the 16th annual Bluff International Balloon Festival at th Bluff Community Center.



Balloons take off from Valley of the Gods.



Some of the 30 balloons take off from Valley of the Gods.



A balloon flies over a red rock cliff at Valley of the Gods, west of Bluff, Utah.



One of the 30 balloons takeoff from Valley of the Gods.



The Bluff International Balloon Festival as balloons take off from Valley of the Gods, west of Bluff, Utah.More then 30 balloons took part in the 16th annual Bluff Balloon Rally.The rally had two days of flights over Bluff, one day of a flight taking off from Valley of the Gods as well as a balloon glow,an art fair, a Southwest Cook-off.



The balloon glow at the Communty Center in Bluff, Utah.



30 bnalloons take off from Valley of the Gods,west of Bluff, Utah at first light during the 16th annual Bluff International Balloon Festival.



They bloom like wildflowers, rising from the red earth in billowing puffs.

Drifting through a redrock panorama, past the sheer cliff faces in Valley of the Gods, the hot air balloons are vivid in yellow and blue and white.

More than 30 balloons rose over southern Utah from Jan. 17–19 for the 16th annual Bluff International Balloon Festival. The event included an arts fair and chili cook-off, events for children and a Navajo taco sale, but the stars were the balloons.

They glowed against the indigo night sky outside the Bluff Community Center and rose with the sun in Valley of the Gods. They drifted along in quiet brilliance, floating blooms amid the rocks and sky.

Go to GJSentinel.com to view a gallery of photos taken 
at the festival.


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