MONTE VISTA CRANE FESTIVAL - March 11-13, 2016
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 migration. To celebrate the cranes’ return the Friends of the San Luis Valley NWR complex, the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce and the town of Monte Vista hosts the Monte Vista Crane Festival. Please see the link under "Features" to explore all you can do during the Crane Festival.
About the Complex
Alamosa, Monte Vista, and Baca Refuges form the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This Complex is a part of the Refuge System, a network of lands that conserve wildlife and habitat.Learn More About the Refuge Complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Please join us for the Crane Festival at Monte Vista Refuge. Ride along with a guide on the auto tour and watch cranes from several areas around the Refuge.More information about the Crane Festival
The Rio Grande River Trail offers a variety of river habitats for wildlife. Look for migratory song birds, deer, and other resident wildlife along the two-mile trail. Learn More About the Rio Grande River Trail
Humans have inhabited the San Luis Valley for over 12,000 years. Their uses of the land reflect both the traditions of those who moved to the Valley and local adaptations. Over thousands of years, numerous groups lived in the Valley or passed through on their way to surrounding lands. By the late Sixteenth Century, early Spanish explorers were later joined by other European settlers and the Valley was soon transformed by agriculture, ranching, transportation, water projects and the growth of towns.Learn More About the San Luis Valley
The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting awareness of the three Refuges though education and support. Learn More About the Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges
Look for the striking plumage of these graceful birds. They sweep their bills side to side to find food in shallow ponds.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016