Crane Festival Takes Flight in Monte Vista
This weekend, March 11 & 12 the town of Monte Vista will host its annula Crane Festival in the San Luis Valley. The annual event held the second weekend in March draws in hundreds of bird-watchers and wildlife lovers as the entire population of Greater Sandhill Cranes, between 18,000-20,000 birds, stop for more than two months to load up on fuel on their way to their breeding grounds further north.
Options for tours are varied, including a sunrise or sunset bus tour with guide. Or drive yourself and watch flocks of dancing Sandhills in the fields surrounding town of Monte Vista. Stop by the Monte Vista Refuge or the Craft Fair for information where to go or read this brochure.
Remember, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge and the Bureau of Land Management’s Blanca Wetlands are both closed to the public at this time of year. The call of a Sandhill Crane heralds that spring is near in the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado. Come, celebrate the change of season!