Festival Information

The 2023 Monte Vista Crane Festival will take place March 10-12! Please use the link below to navigate to our Eventbrite page for more details about all of the tours, talks & special events we have planned for this year's festival.

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Festival Schedule

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Crane, Craft and Home Expo

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!

Fly the Coop 5K

New for this year's festival is a 5k Run/Walk for all ages and all abilities. The run will start from the Ski Hi Complex in Monte Vista at 10:00AM on Saturday, March 11. Registration fee is $25, and each participant will receive a long sleeved t-shirt. Medals for top finishers and ribbons for age group winners. Proceeds will benefit the Monte Vista Community Ambulance.

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In Light of Nature Photography Workshops

Award-winning nature photographer Ed MacKerrow will be offering three, one-day workshops each day of the festival designed for beginning and intermediate photographers. These workshops are limited to 10 participants per day, and are likely to sell out quickly. If you are interested in reserving a space, click below to learn more and register at the In Light of Nature website.

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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