Where the cranes meet the mountains

Join us for the migration experience of a lifetime.

Sandhill Cranes and other migratory birds follow a long route during their seasonal migrations. Along the way, there are many places where you can stop and view these beautiful creatures. So what makes the Monte Vista Crane Festival Unique? We believe it is a combination of unmatched scenery, exceptional wildlife viewing, and the friendly, welcoming communities of the San Luis Valley.

At the Monte Vista Crane Festival 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.

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Experience the Monte Vista Crane Festival Your Way...

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Plan Your Visit

From festival maps to all the details on where to stay and eat while you're in town, we have you covered!

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Learn More About Cranes in the SLV

We have the answers to all (or most) of your crane questions! Or at least we try. Find all your crane information here. 

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Are you a local business interested in supporting the Monte Vista Crane Festival? Learn more about the different types of sponsorship opportunities available.

Crane Update: October 16, 2021

The cranes are in the valley! In the fall, cranes spread out across the farmland surrounding the towns of Monte Vista and Alamosa. Your best bet for seeing cranes during the day is to drive the county roads. A good place to try is Stanley Road between Alamosa County Road 104 and 102. Also, several hundred to a couple of thousand cranes have been flying into the Monte Vista Tour Loop area at sunset. Please remember, the Monte Vista Refuge is open only one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. ENJOY!

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