$5 – $15

35th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival

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Ski High Complex

2389 Sherman Ave

Monte Vista, CO 81144

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ONLY Tour tickets can be reserved here. The movie, talks and Key Note are on a first come - first served basis. For Photography workshop registration, go to our website. www.mvcranefest.org

Local hotels fill up fast, go to our website for listings.

Every year, like clockwork, nearly 20,000 Sandhill Cranes descend on Colorado’s scenic San Luis Valley for a six-week stopover to rest and refuel before continuing their northward spring migration. The town of Monte Vista and the Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges, host the festival.

The highlight of the festival is the opportunity for close-­up views of thousands of cranes at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge as they prance and display for each other, lift off en masse in the mornings, and return to their roosting spots at sunset. In addition to the cranes, many Canada Geese and ducks visit the wetlands of this high-altitude desert framed by 14,000­-foot snow-­covered mountain peaks. Photographic possibilities are endless when these avian visitors fill the skies over the wildlife refuge.

Activities during the Monte Vista Crane Festival include interpreter­-led bus tours to view the cranes as well as field trips to the Zapata Ranch, Elephant Rocks and local tours to view and learn about raptors. There is a Craft/Nature Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

See our website for move information.

FAQs

Why is there a charge for the tours?

Our largest expense for the festival is paying the bus drivers. While the local school district supports the festival, we still have to pay the drivers. So if you go on a tour, we ask you to pay this Transportation Surcharge. If you can also donate to support the festival, that would be wonderful.

Waitlist?

Sorry, we don't do a waitlist. You are welcome to come and stand in the "Standby" line, and if there are cancelations, you might load. Please have $5 cash for crane tours or $15 for the Zapata or Elephant Rocks tour, for each person to cover the cost of the bus driver. The line forms on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are dogs allowed?

No dogs (except service dogs) allowed on the bus tours, theatre events or at the Craft/Nature Fair.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

email: cranes@mvcranefest.org

Were can I stay and dine?

Goto our website for listings.
















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Ski High Complex

2389 Sherman Ave

Monte Vista, CO 81144

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