The Monte Vista Crane Festival, Colorado’s premier birding event, is thrilled to announce its 41st annual celebration, set to take place from March 8-10, 2024.
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.
Fall is approaching, and so are the Sandhill Cranes. The cranes trickle into the valley in family groups. It’s not the large numbers at one time like the spring, but it’s still spectacular. The best time to see the cranes is mid to late September and the first couple of weeks in October. The cranes
Looking Back at 2022 and ahead to our 40th anniversary https://mvcranefest.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8819.mp4 As the end of May approaches and we are starting to look forward to the end of the windy spring season and the warmer, sunny days of early summer, we thought it was a perfect time to reflect on the highlights of the 2022
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 beginning of shorebirds coming through such as Yellowlegs and Killdeer. Next will be the warblers! There was a small group of about six snow geese
Update March 24th, 2022. There still are thousands of cranes on the Monte Vista Refuge. The best place to see them is on or near the tour loop on the refuge. They will be starting to move north in the next couple of weeks. Enjoy them while they are heere. See the PLAN YOUR VISIT
Thanks for a wonderful 2021 39th Annual Crane Festival. The festival was a huge success and the star of the show was thousands of Sandhill Cranes. We were treated to big shows by thousands of cranes, geese, and ducks on the Monte Vista Refute. The 40th Crane Festival will be held March 10-12. Stay tuned