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March 10-12, 2023

Join us for the migration experience of a lifetime. The 40th Festival will be March 10-12, 2023

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 Information

Tours, talks and special event information for our 40th Anniversary Festival can be found on our Eventbrite page. Please click below to browse all the events.

Tickets are on sale now!

Festival Schedule

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Calling all Vendors!

For the 40th Anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane Festival, the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce will hold the Crane, Craft and Home Expo at the new Outcalt Event and Conference Center at the Ski-Hi Complex. Help celebrate the annual migration of sandhill cranes by selling your works of art, crafted jewelry, fiber ware, photography, carvings, fine baked goods, and so much more!

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Crane & Festival Updates

A Sneak Peek: 2023 speakers

March in the San Luis Valley brings frequent snowfall, strong winds, and the annual return of the area’s oldest visitors—Sandhill Cranes. Although cranes have been migrating through the Valley’s wetlands for centuries, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the event dedicated to showcasing the majesty of the cranes and their habitat: The Monte Vista Crane Festival.

Celebrating 40 Years of Cranes & Conservation

March in the San Luis Valley brings frequent snowfall, strong winds, and the annual return of the area’s oldest visitors—Sandhill Cranes. Although cranes have been migrating through the Valley’s wetlands for centuries, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the event dedicated to showcasing the majesty of the cranes and their habitat: The Monte Vista Crane Festival.

A 40th Anniversary Keynote from ICF

A 40th Anniversary Keynote from ICF ICF Co-Founder to share Lessons Learned From 50 Years of Crane Conservation Big anniversaries deserve to be celebrated in style. That’s why we are very excited to announce that for our 2023 keynote speaker, we will be hosting a speaker from an organization that is also celebrating a hallmark …

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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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