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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

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The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is an important resting place for migrating birds, particularly the Sandhill Crane. In spring, approximately 20,000 Sandhill Cranes stop here for 6 weeks to refuel. The valley celebrates with an annual Sandhill Crane Festival held the 2nd weekend in March, drawing birders, nature lovers, and photographers to this extraordinary sight.

6120 S highway 15
Monte Vista, CO
(719) 589-4021


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