Lodging & Dining

Open to find maps and viewing times. (.pdf 885 KB)

Take a look at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Monte Vista Nat. Wildlife Refuge ‘Spring Crane Viewing’ brochure (.pdf 885 KB)

Visit our Lodging & Dining page.

Information on Cranes

  • Monte Vista Crane Fest:  Article in Front Range Living Online Magazine
  • Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition: Fall Yampa Valley Crane Festival
  • International Crane Foundation: The only place on Earth where you can see all 15 of the world’s crane species.  Open to the public between April 15 and October 31. Baraboo, WI.
  • Whooping Crane Conservation Association: Dedicated to preventing the extinction of the Whooping Crane.
  • Festival of the Cranes: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico — annually in November
  • Crane  Trust: dedicated to the protection and maintenance of critical habitat for Whooping Cranes, Sandhill Cranes and other migratory birds along the Big Bend Region of the Platte River Valley through sound science, habitat management, community outreach and education. Visitor’s center is near Alda, Nebraska. Special events during March and April.
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission: Sandhill Cranes information
  • Whooping Cranes: Information from the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD
  • Book: Birding Hotspots of South-Central Colorado by John J. Rawinski: Including the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges. Description of 15 primary birding hotspots…

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