Hot air balloons take to the sky at the 25th Red Rock Balloon Rally in Gallup, New Mexico.
The balloon rally is the world's second largest, with some 180 balloons flying in the three-day event.
A crew test the burner before inflating their balloon for the annual rally.
Some are fired up for the 'dawn patrol'.
A local family gazes at the sky's offering.
A balloon with an alien face is one of those floating through the canyons.