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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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Cranes and more cranes

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 …

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See you in 2023!

The Monte Vista Chamber Craft Fair was held in the new Event building at Ski Hi in 2022. It was a big sucess. We are looking forward to a bigger …

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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 …

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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 …


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Join us in supporting the refuge & keeping our festival running strong

Donating to or joining the Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges will help keep the Monte Vista Crane Festival returning year after year like the Sandhill Cranes!