CraneFest Team

A Pod of Cranes

Two new podcasts feature all the details about the 40th Anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane Festival and the premiere of the new short documentary “Where the Cranes Meet the Mountains.”

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.

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 season and the warmer, sunny days of early summer, we thought it was a perfect time to reflect on the highlights of the 2022 …

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Thank you!

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 …

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Saturday 7 am to 10 am. $7 for adults and $5 for kids. This year the Birder’s breakfast is being cooked and served by Kid’s Connection an after-school program. All proceeds will go to the Kid’s Connection program.