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The 2021 Monte Vista Crane Festival ONLINE

March 12, 7 pm MST tickets are on sale.

Register = https://qudio.com/event/montevista2021/

Instead of driving on snowy roads, you can watch from the comfort of your own home. 

You will see current videos of cranes on the refuge along with professional videos of people and cranes in the valley, featured speakers, and beautiful photos. Our main feature is a slide show by professional photographer Ed MacKarrow. Our keynote speaker is Sandra Knoll, and her talk is “Cranes of the World.” The entire presentation is about 2 hours long. Once you have a ticket, you can watch it with live chat on March 12, 7 pm MST, or from March 13-17, you can watch it all or portions at your leisure.

After thoughtful consideration, the Monte Vista Crane Festival planning committee has decided to cancel the bus tours and local public events for the 2021 Crane Festival in Monte Vista due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Instead, we invite you to join us for an online crane festival. The refuge is open and will be open while the cranes are in the San Luis Valley.  If you do visit the valley we ask you to socially distance yourself and wear your mask, the things you have been doing to keep yourself and others around you healthy.  If you have any questions, please email us at mvcranefest@gmail.com or leave a message at  719-289-7522.

We look forward to engaging our community for the 2022 festival with events at the Vali 3 Theater, the brand-new Ski Hi Event and Conference Center, and bus tours to the refuge and other local attractions. The fall migration of the cranes and ducks is happening now.  There are no restrictions on visiting the Monte Vista Refuge at this time, but please practice standard COVID precautions and wear a mask when in public, adhere to 6 feet distancing between people, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you have any symptoms.  Be aware restroom facilities on the refuge may not be open.

Thank you for your understanding.~Monte Vista Crane Festival Committee

What Makes the Monte Vista Crane Festival so Unique?

You can enjoy thousands of Sandhill 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. A visit to the Monte Vista Crane Festival is an opportunity to see an amazing natural spectacle as well as experience a unique rural community.

The festival is a collaborative effort by: