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conserving rocky mountain greater sandhill cranes + their habitat through science + education

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley in Northwest Colorado. Returning in the spring from wintering grounds in New Mexico and Arizona, cranes nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley.


Please enjoy CCCC’s 4th of July Crane Dance Video!

Once again, crane dancers participated in the Steamboat Springs 4th of July Parade. We are grateful for all of you who make this annual celebration such an enjoyable event through your participation and support!

CCCC is excited to announce the Never Ever Crane-Viewing Giveaway!

To give wings to the next generation of craniacs, CCCC will award two free tickets to three young adults to a morning guided crane-viewing event. Crane viewing events will take place on Friday, August 30, Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1, during the 13th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival. For more information, please visit our festival page.



The 13th annual festival will take place Aug 29-Sept 1, 2024.

The 4th season of the Crane Nest Camera has concluded!

Our appreciation for the crane grows with the slow unraveling of earthly history. His tribe, we now know, stems out of the remote Eocene. The other members of the fauna in which he originated are long since entombed within the hills. When we hear his call we hear no mere bird. We hear the trumpet in the orchestra of evolution. He is the symbol of our untamable past, of that incredible sweep of millennia which underlies and conditions the daily affairs of birds and men.

– Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac