37th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival

37th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival
Day and Time

Mar 6th, 7:00am - 2:00pm

Every year, like clockwork, nearly 20,000 Sandhill Cranes descend on Colorado’s scenic San Luis Valley for a six-week stopover to rest and refuel before continuing their northward spring migration. 

The highlight of the festival is the opportunity for close-­up views of thousands of cranes at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge as they prance and display for each other, lift off en masse in the mornings, and return to their roosting spots at sunset. In addition to the cranes, many Canada Geese and ducks visit the wetlands of this high-altitude desert framed by 14,000­-foot snow-­covered mountain peaks. Photographic possibilities are endless when these avian visitors fill the skies over the wildlife refuge.

Activities during the Monte Vista Crane Festival include interpreter­-led bus tours to view the cranes as well as field trips to local archaeological sites and local tours to view and learn about raptors. There is a Craft/Nature Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Fri: 7 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sat: 6 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sun: 8 a.m–2 p.m.

Admission: Free

Tour Tickets: $5–$20


Registration not required.