Where to See Cranes

Cranes can be seen all over the world.  The cranes that can be seen at these areas are specifically the Sandhill Cranes from the Rocky Mountain population.  The cranes can be seen in New Mexico and Arizona during the winter months, typically November through March. The cranes begin migrating in March and head north to their nesting grounds in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana with a few overnight stop overs in Colorado and Utah.


Willcox, AZ

The cranes migrate into the valley as early as September and stay as late as March, with the majority of the birds present between November and February. Cranes that spend the winter in the Sulpher Springs Valley represent tow populations the Rocky Mountain and the Mid-Continent populations.


Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, in southern Socorro County, New Mexico, is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Tens of thousands of birds including Sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks–gather each autumn and stay through the winter.

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado

Escalante State Wildlife Area, near Delta Colorado

During winter months a wintering group can be found in this area.

Fruitgrowers Reservoir

Outside Eckert, Colorado  a stopover  for the Sandhill Cranes, usually coming from Monte Vista. March and into April is the time to see them as well as many other migrating birds.