Thank you for a fantastic 2018 Crane Festival.  Check back for information for the 2019 festival.


What Makes the Monte Vista Crane Festival Unique? You can enjoy thousands of cranes, ducks, and geese flying against a backdrop of mountain scenery. Raptors will adorn the power poles and owls will be sitting with their young.  Festival planning is a collaborative effort between The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges (slvrefuges.org), The Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Monte Vista and is operated as a non-profit under the Friends’ 501(c)(3) non-profit status. A visit to the Monte Vista Crane Festival is an opportunity to see an amazing natural spectacle as well as experience a unique local community.

For more information about the Craft/Nature Fair at the festival contact the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce or call 719-852-2731

For more information about the cranes contact the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Office: 719-589-4021

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are there many cranes left in the Monte Vista area as of today March 23? Thanks for any info... ... See MoreSee Less

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Fuzzy Wuzzy was a Sandhill Crane chick! But did you know that crane chicks are actually called colts and they stay with mom and dad for about 10 months, or until their parents encourage them to get their own apartment? ;) Besides all that cool stuff, theyre pretty darn cute!
Good birding!🐦 At the Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area pullout on Hwy 285 south of Saguache, CO, get ready to see Yellow-headed Blackbirds as they begin nesting.  And if youre good at finding Waldo, you might spot an American Bittern camouflaged in the reeds. Their ghostly, watery-ish calls are typically the only signs to reveal their presence. The Friends Walking Trail along the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge auto tour also has great birding. Look for American Avocets, White-faced Ibis, Black-necked Stilts, Sage Thrashers and Brewers Sparrows. Click on each photo for details to help you spot the species:
Recent shots from folks enjoying Sandhill Cranes in the Valley. As you can see, the cranes are still putting on a show! Fabulous shots Charlotte Carpenter Johnson, Peetalay Ok and Rhonda Lawson Simmons.
Friday afternoon. Just lovely.