Monte Vista Crane Festival

Friday, Mar 6, 2020 at 7:00am

Various Venues in Monte Vista
Monte Vista, CO 81144

You can enjoy thousands of Sandhill Cranes, ducks, and geese flying against a backdrop of mountain scenery. Raptors will adorn the power poles and owls will be sitting with their young. A visit to the Monte Vista Crane Festival is an opportunity to see an amazing natural spectacle as well as experience a unique rural community.

Schedule:
7:00am – 9:00am: Morning Crane Tour Expert-led bus tour to Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge to learn all about Sandhill Cranes. Bring warm clothes and water. 

Cost: $10
Location: Ski Hi Complex

10:00am – noon: Home Lake Birding Tour A guided walking bird tour around Home Lake, led by local birding expert and author, John Rawinski. Bring, lunch, water, and dress for the weather. Be prepared to walk at a leisurely pace.

Cost: $5
Location: Monte Vista Middle School

10:00am – 3:00pm: Blanca Wetlands Tour Expert-led bus 5-hour tour to playa lakes and wetlands. Bring lunch, water, warm clothing, and personal gear.

Cost: $20
Location: Ski Hi Complex

10:00am – 2:00pm: RIGHT Conservation Tour Learn about the importance of Conservation Easements and the role private lands play in wildlife conservation. This tour is lead by the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust around one of their easements. No restrooms are available on tour.

Cost: $20
Location: Ski Hi Complex

10:00am - 4:30pm: Craft/Nature Fair at Ski Hi Park

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Evening Crane Tour Expert-led bus tour to Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge to learn all about Sandhill Cranes. Bring warm clothes and water. 

Cost: $10
Location: Ski Hi Complex

6:00pm – 9:00pm: Free Kid’s Movie and Coloring Contest Awards Rango (Rated PG, 1hr 51 min) A good old fashioned western, the film centers on Rango (voiced by Johnny Depp), a chameleon who accidentally ends up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures.  Rango, the less-than-courageous lizard, suddenly finds he stands out and is the last hope the town has been waiting for.  Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role and save the town from a developer’s water grab. Winners of the Kid’s Crane Coloring Contest will precede the movie.

Cost: Free
Location: Vali 3 Theatre

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