The skies over Winthrop brighten with the brilliant colors of over a dozen hot air balloons. This 3-day Balloon Festival, now in it’s 23rd year, is a photographer’s dream. An incredible visual display as the balloons fly over the old western town of Winthrop and with the snow-capped mountains of the North Cascades.
While many balloon festivals are held in the summertime, the Winthrop Balloon Festival allows visitors to experience the Methow Valley’s world-class winter recreational pursuits of Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and sledding. Winthrop has activities for the whole family as well as large variety of food and lodging options. This event is hosted and operated by our incredible, local Morning Glory Balloon Tours.