March 10-12, 2023 Where the cranes meet the mountains

Thank you for joining 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.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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March 11-13 2022 Monte Vista Crane Festival Schedule

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Crane & Festival Updates

Lights, camera, action! MVCF gets a new video!

Lights, camera, action! MVCF gets a new video In November 2021 , the Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges  was awarded a $28,000 grant by the Colorado …

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It’s A Wrap!

Looking Back at 2022 and ahead to our 40th anniversary As the end of May approaches and we are starting to look forward to the end of the windy spring …

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And they went North

April 5, 2022 update: The majority of the cranes have migrated north towards their nesting grounds. There might be a few still in the valley. Now we are seeing the …

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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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