Witness thousands of cranes, ducks and geese fly sky-high in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Every March these magnificent birds migrate to the San Luis Valley just in time for the Monte Vista Crane Festival.
The festival is held from Friday to Sunday, March 10th to 12th, 2023 in the San Luis Valley. Festival-goers enjoy a range of activities, including photography workshops, sandhill crane tours, guest speakers, and guided visits to local parks and canyons. Events at the Monte Vista Crane Festival take place at a number of locations around the valley.
Festival Event Schedule
This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation. The presentation is typically held at Vali 3 Theatre in Monte Vista. There’s also a Craft & Nature Fair held over three days in the town’s Ski Hi Building. The bulk of the wildlife viewings is held at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, just south of Monte Vista, CO.
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Address: MV National Wildlife Refuge, 6120 CO-15, Monte Vista, CO 81144
Date: Friday – Sunday | March 10-12, 2023