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  • 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

San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge 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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016
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