Pre-Registration page

Welcome to the Monte Vista Crane Festival Pre-Registration!


We are thrilled with the response and interest in the 2024 Monte Vista Crane Festival! However, this means that all of our regular and special tours are now SOLD OUT. We have plenty of tickets available for speaker sessions and we recommend downloading the "Crane Viewing Guide" and enjoying your very own crane tour of the wildlife refuge, or arriving early to your preferred regular tour time and waiting in a standby line.

Please do not try to register for any tours as you will not be able to. The special tours have long waiting lists, so at this point we are not taking any additional names for these lists. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will consider joining us next year!

Embracing Technology for Environmental Stewardship

We're thrilled to announce our new ticketing platform for this year's festival—Whova. In our continuous effort to promote environmental stewardship, Whova aligns perfectly with our values, helping us eliminate the need for paper tickets, thereby saving trees and reducing waste.

After you purchase your tickets online, we recommend downloading  the Whova application for use during the festival. The application will have the agenda for all the tickets you purchased with maps for the event locations as well as up-to-date notifications of any event updates, an opportunity to network with other participants, photo sharing, and birding/viewing opportunities and highlights.

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot purchase tickets on the Whova app. Tickets can only be purchased on our website by clicking the "I'm Ready to Register" button below. 

Streamlined Registration and Ticketing with Whova

  • No More Paper! With Whova, you won't need to print or download tickets. Everything is digital and easily accessible.
  • Your Phone is Your Ticket: Store your tickets in your Apple or Google wallet on your smartphone. It's convenient and eco-friendly! If you are not comfortable using the Whova Application on your phone, take a screenshot or print your confirmation email and bring it with you.
  • Check-In Made Easy: Use the Whova app at check-in for a seamless experience.

Here’s what you need to gather before you register:

  1. Email address(s) for you and anyone else you are buying tickets for. If you don’t have email address for all participants, you can use a placeholder email in the format (e.g., for the second registrant.
  2. A list of events you would like to attend. Take a look at the agenda and make note of events you wish to attend. Be aware—some events overlap so plan your time accordingly.
  3. Your payment methods: We use Stripe for payment processing and accept all major credit cards.


Got questions? We've got answers! Check out our FAQ section for more detailed information on registration, ticketing, and using the Whova app.

  • Screenshot Your Confirmation: You can easily take a screenshot of your confirmation page or email from you phone. Not sure how to take a screenshot? Click HERE.
  • Download from Email: You can print a physical copy of your confirmation email directly from your email inbox. Directions on how to do that can be found here: Gmail | Yahoo | Outlook.

No problem! Here's how to solve the issue:

  • Create a Placeholder Email: If sharing one email address, simply create a "fake" email in the format (e.g., for the second registrant.
  • All Tickets in One Email: Don't worry about missing out. All tickets will be sent to the primary registrant's email.

Not to worry. We are here to help you! Email us anytime at or call 719-289-7522 and we will get back to you ASAP to assist you in navigating the new system.

Not to worry! These things happen. Just email us at and we will send you another one!

There are multiple ways to tell when the tours, talks and other events you have signed up for are taking place:

  1. Check your ticket name for a brief summary of the date, time and location.
  2. Check the full agenda for more detailed information about each event.
  3. For location queries, refer to our maps page or the Ski Hi Map / Venue Maps section of the Whova app.

Our refund policy has always been to issue refunds up until a week before the event. We are sorry that we cannot issue refunds for last-minute cancellations due to illness or weather.

Learn More with Whova Explainer Videos

Want a visual guide? We have a collection of explainer videos from Whova that show you exactly how to make the most of the app.

Get our official event app,

Get the most out of the app and have a more productive experience!


NAVIGATE the event agenda and logistics, even without Wi-Fi or data. Access useful information like ridesharing and local attractions through the Community Board


NETWORK effectively. Plan whom to meet by exploring attendee profiles and sending out messages


PARTICIPATE in event activities through session likes, comments, ratings, live polling, tweeting, and more

For Blackberry or Windows Phone, Click here
For feature details, visit Whova

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!