41th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival March 8-10, 2024
“Where the Cranes Meet the Mountains” 

Each year, thousands of Sandhill Cranes descend upon the wetlands and agricultural fields of the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge during their biannual migration to rest and fuel up for the next leg of their journey.  During the spring migration, the refuge will host ninety-five percent, 18,000-21,000, of the Rocky Mountain population of the Greater Sandhill Cranes and another 5,000-6,000 Lesser Sandhill Cranes.  This stop-over at the Monte Vista Refuge is critical for the cranes during their migration. At this time of year, most food sources and quality crane habitat are either under snow or are frozen.  However, on the refuge, wetlands are filled, and grain fields are mowed to provide the cranes the two elements needed for their migration… food and roosting cover.  The peak migration period of cranes on the Monte Vista Refuge is around the first week of March and again around the second week of October.

2024  Monte Vista Crane Festival

2024 Festival Information – Schedule – Tickets – Craft Fair

Tickets on Sale Now

Craft Fair Daily 9am-5pm Friday & Saturday and 9-12pm on Sunday at Ski Hi Park-Free

More Festival & Sandhill Crane Information

Crane Festival
Home & Craft Expo

For the 40th Anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane Festival, the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce will hold the Crane, Craft and Home Expo at the new Outcalt Event and Conference Center at the Ski-Hi Complex.  Visitor Entrance is Free.

View Sandhill Cranes In March

Why the Cranes Migrate?

Sandhill cranes Monte Vista CO

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Get Directions to Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

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