Monte Vista Colorado Est. 1886
Spanish for Mountain View, Monte Vista is a historic, lively city located in the heart of the San Luis Valley. Surrounded by some of Colorado’s magnificent 14,000 foot peaks, the town attracts a variety of commercial, agricultural, social, and cultural activities.
Beginning in March the annual migration of the Sandhill and endangered Whooping Cranes begins and is celebrated with the annual Crane Festival which draws in visitors to the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge.
Throughout the year visitors and residents can see historic buildings and homes that the Monte Vista Historical Society has worked very hard to preserve. The Transportation of the West Museum located downtown is also a great stop to view the history of the horse drawn carriages to the early automobile.
During April and May spring planting is in full swing with crops including: potatoes, carrots, oats, barley, wheat, and alfalfa. Visitors are welcome to tour many of the area farms; just stop at one of the local visitor centers for directions.
July kicks off with the Annual Farm and Ranch Heritage days, a two day antique farm equipment show and tractor pull enjoyed by the young and old alike. Later in the month, grab your family, pull on your boots and attend the SKI-HI Stampede, Colorado’s oldest professional Rodeo. Close to town is the lighted softball complex and very affordable 9-hole, family oriented golf course. Also, visit the state of the art Carnegie Library.
Fall brings not only beauty and color to the surrounding mountains, but the harvest of crops planted in the spring, and the Annual Harvest Festival that celebrates the agricultural heritage of Monte Vista.