March 8-10, 2024

The 41st Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival Returns to the San Luis Valley March 8-10, 2024

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.

2023 Festival Recap

From tours and talks to film premieres and craft fairs, the 40th Anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane Festival was an overwhelming success, and a true testament to the passion of crane viewers and SLV hospitality. We are grateful for the support from visitors, locals and businesses alike, and we are eager to see what the future holds for this very special festival. Interested in getting involved in the 2024 festival? Email us

2024 Festival Schedule

Where the Cranes Meet the Mountains

This short documentary, made possible by a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office and our partners, was produced to commemorate the 40th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival. Filmmaker Christie Bode-Skeie follows the journey of South Fork artist Amanda Charlton Hurley, a new arrival to the Valley experiencing the sights and sounds of Sandhill Cranes for the first time. Watch the film below and read more about the project at the Alamosa Citizen.


Full Length Video

Crane & Festival Updates

2024 Crane Fest speakers: sneak peek

It's time for our first 2024 festival update! Today we will give you a sneak peek at the amazing speakers we have lined up for this year's festival.
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Kids Crane Fest Quest Celebrates Sandhill Cranes

The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges is excited to announce the Kids Crane Fest Quest, taking place from October 8-14, 2023, during National Wildlife Refuge Week.
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The Lasting Impact of Sandhill Cranes

We wanted to share an email we recently received from one of our donors, Robert Krattli. Robert’s story is indicative of the generational relevance of the San Luis Valley’s Sandhill Crane migration, and the lasting impact of the Monte Vista Crane Festival.
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Experience the Monte Vista Crane Festival Your Way...

Photo by Dave C Jones

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!

Photo by Ed MacKerrow

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. 

Become a Sponsor

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

Thank you to our sponsors!

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