2016 Festival Date — March 11-13


Every March, more than 20,000 greater sandhill cranes and a few thousand lesser sandhills stop off near the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in south-central Colorado to load up on fuel.

Come join the celebration the 2nd weekend in March! Watch flocks of dancing sandhills in the fields just east of the town of Monte Vista. Take a sunrise or sunset bus tour, along with a knowledgeable guide, to view the spectacle up close and personal. Or explore on your own.

Other popular tours to take you to see raptors, the Blanca Wetlands, or  the native aquatic species hatchery. Learn more about cranes in the San Luis Valley.

The crane fest hosts many activities in Monte Vista including workshops, movies, expert presentations, and a craft fair. As it gets closer to the fest date, take a look at the complete schedule. To get a glimpse of what’s in store, take a peek at events from the last fest.

Motels and B & Bs fill up weeks in advance, and the population cranes_sunsetof Monte Vista nearly doubles during the weekend of Crane Fest. Come visit the Valley of the Cranes and enjoy their annual spring return to one of Colorado’s most spectacularly scenic places.

Our Vendor page has information for those interested in the Craft Fair.

To talk to someone about the fest, please call the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge at 719-852-4021.