Sandhill cranes spend their spring and fall each year in the San Luis Valley, part of their migration route. Each year the valley hosts a "Crane Festival" in early March to welcome the birds and springtime.
A majestic view in morning or late afternoon can be found from the tallest dune at Great Sand Dunes, 750' tall Star Dune. Star dunes have three or more ridges from their summit, giving them a star shape from an aerial perspective. In the distance are the 14,000' Crestone Peaks.