March 7-9, 2025

Festival Information

The 42nd annual Monte Vista Crane Festival will take place March 7-9, 2025. Stay tuned for additional details this fall!

2024 Schedule



Craft and Nature Fair

For 2024, the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce will once again hold the Craft and Nature Fair 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! Registration for 2024 is now open—click the link below to be directed to the Monte Vista Chamber website for registration.

In Light of Nature Photography Workshops

In Light of Nature, an official sponsor of the Monte Vista Crane Festival, is offering three separate, one-day workshops during the 2024 Crane Festival. Each workshop is limited to 10 photographers per day—please sign up early to reserve your spot! The cost of each one-day workshop is $165/participant. No "tag-alongs" please. Each person attending the workshop must register, including spouses. 


Where the Cranes Meet the Mountains

This short documentary, made possible by a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office and our partners, was produced to commemorate the 40th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival. Filmmaker Christie Bode-Skeie follows the journey of South Fork artist Amanda Charlton Hurley, a new arrival to the Valley experiencing the sights and sounds of Sandhill Cranes for the first time. Watch the film below and read more about the project at the Alamosa Citizen.


Full Length Video

Festival Updates

2024 Crane Fest Special Tours: sneak peek

It's time for another 2024 festival update! Today we will give you a sneak peek of the special tours we have lined up for this year.

2024 Crane Fest speakers: sneak peek

It's time for our first 2024 festival update! Today we will give you a sneak peek at the amazing speakers we have lined up for this year's festival.

Here’s to the next 40 years

Cary Aloia
The 40th Anniversary of the MVCF was an overwhelming success. Here's to another 40 years of cranes, community, and conservation.