Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge features wet meadows, river oxbows and dry uplands and supports songbirds, water birds, raptors, mule deer, beaver and coyotes. Located approximately 8 miles from the Sandhill Inn, this is one attraction you have to see. Learn More>
The annual Monte Vista Sandhill Crane Festival is usually held the second weekend in March. Like clockwork, nearly 20,000 Sandhill Cranes descend on Colorado’s scenic San Luis Valley for a six week stay as they rest and refuel before continuing north. To celebrate this amazing time, the town of Monte Vista hosts the Monte Vista Crane Festival. You will have the unique opportunity for close-up views of the cranes at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge as they lift off en masse in the mornings, prance and display for each other, and as they return to their roosting spots at sunset. Photographic opportunities are endless. For more information and dates, please visit the Monte Vista Crane Festival website.