Sandhill Cranes are on their way back to the Yampa Valley after spending the winter in New Mexico and Arizona. Be on the lookout for the first cranes in your neighborhood!

April is a great time to photograph the cranes as they are preparing to nest. Our Crane Photo Contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers. This year we have added a new video category. Prizes will be awarded at the 2024 Yampa Valley Crane Festival (Aug. 29 – Sept. 1). Rules and complete contest information here.