Mass balloon ascensions are scheduled daily at Red Rock Park and other select locations. "Special shape" balloons will participate in the rally from around the country, including Red Rock Balloon Rally’s very own Koshare Gallup. Balloonists will also compete for Native American-crafted jewelry, pottery and rugs in events such as a hare and hound race, judge-declared goal race and more.
Additional festivities during the three days include: Native American jewelry and art vendors; Native American dance performances (as Gallup is in close proximity to the Navajo reservation, and the pueblos of Zuni, Laguna and Acoma); a parade in downtown Gallup; an art show; and nightly balloon glows. The city of Gallup also has a wide variety of restaurants, galleries, museums and other attractions for visitors to enjoy.
The Red Rock Balloon Rally has received numerous awards, including “Best Balloon Event in The West” (Ballooning Magazine), “Most Outstanding Event” (New Mexico Tourism Association), “Outstanding Community Event” (Gallup Chamber of Commerce).