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Join us, March 9-11, 2018.

 Tour Registration

Zapata Ranch, Elephant Rocks, and Raptor Tours are Full.  But don’t despair, we will have a standby line and will load you if there are no-shows.  

 Photography Workshop Registration 

Workshops are full, waitlist available.

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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Pro photog Ed MacKerrow holds workshops during the crane fest. They are full right now but have a waiting list. Hes also holding workshops March 15-18 and March 24-25 to Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and Great Sand Dunes National Park. https://inlightofnature.com/workshops/  Click on his pictures below for some SERIOUSLY GREAT photography tips!
Only 22 days to Crane Fest!  Check out these amazing photos by Kyle Burnett, marketing officer at the San Luis Valley Federal Bank in Monte Vista. Kyles suggestions for great crane pics: patience, perseverance and multiple shots; know the cranes habits (when they eat, roost, etc.); and use a higher mm zoom lens for close-ups, as cranes are shy.
The festival is getting close. Heres our sponsor list, please support our supporters of the festival!

Monte Vista Crane Festival shared San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex's post.

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The great migration is on! Stayed tuned for updates from Refuge staff on habitat conditions on Monte...

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Monte Vista Crane Festival shared a post.

They are arriving everyday now. I saw 14 flying on Thursday.
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Great Sandhill Crane migration is just around the corner and this photo is Sunrise Cranes taken at M...

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They are arriving everyday now.  I saw 14 flying on Thursday.