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 "What's New" to explore all you can do during the Crane Festival.
About the Complex
Monte Vista, Alamosa, and Baca Refuges are administratively managed by the San Luis Valley Refuge Complex. They are a part of the Refuge System, a network of lands conserving wildlife and habitat.
Monte Vista is managed as part of the San Luis Valley Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the 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 Refuges of the San Luis Valley are in the planning phases of its Comprehesive Conservation Plan, a document that will guide the management activities for the next 15 years. Completion is slated for early 2015. Check this page for any updates. Learn about the Planning Process
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.More about the history of the San Luis Valley
Listen for the sandhill crane’s call - “gar-oo-oo”- as it flies overhead looking for places to feed and rest. Look for groups of cranes in the Refuge’s marshes and grasslands, refueling for their flight to the next feeding and resting grounds.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016