Crane Viewing – 2017
When viewing the cranes, please maintain a respectful distance and observe private property boundaries. Please remember, these are wild, migratory birds and don’t always behave in a predictable manner.
The cranes roost at night in or near the Yampa and Elk Rivers west of Steamboat Springs. They fly out from their night roost at sunrise and head to nearby grain fields or wetland meadows. They will feed for several hours, then around 9:30-10:30 a.m. they return to the river to rest; a few cranes may continue to feed in fields for most of the day. Around 4:30 p.m. the cranes will fly out from the river and head back to the fields for another round of feeding. They return to the river shortly before or right after sunset.
We will be scouting the cranes’ preferred feeding and roosting areas right before the festival and will post driving directions for viewing cranes on your own on this page. The shuttles for guided crane viewing sessions might visit some of these locations but private vehicles are not permitted to follow the festival crane viewing shuttles.
Please refer to the Crane Viewing Policy letter below for additional information. Thank you.
Crane Viewing Policy
Dear Crane Festival Attendee,
We ask your understanding and cooperation regarding our guided crane viewing policy. Much of our guided crane viewing takes place on private property. We are allowed to bring our shuttles on to these properties but not private cars. We have worked hard to establish good relationships with these private property owners and need to respect their request to minimize the human impact on their land. In addition, we have safety concerns about private cars following the shuttles to their destinations. Therefore, private cars will not be permitted to follow the festival crane viewing shuttles.
Thank you for helping to keep our cranes and our attendees safe and for respecting our crane-friendly private property owners.
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc.