Hikers and climbers have long known Crestone as the physical gateway to recreation in the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is the only town on the western side of the northern Sangres, nestled at the foot of the highest peaks of the Crestone Group, beneath five of the Range's nine Fourteeners. From the town of Crestone, trails radiate into the rugged backcountry of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness and Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Climbers aiming at the Fourteeners just east of town (Challenger Point, Kit Carson Mountain, Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle) find Crestone a convenient base camp.
Over the past three decades, Crestone has become known as a place for spititual retreat and exploration. It has become a metaphysical gateway to religious retreats, monasteries, yoga ashrams, nature-based fine art, and natural & alternative building. The physical setting is certainly conducive to contemplation, undistracted by urban sound, light, and busyness.
Crestone is home to numerous centers representing world religions. These centers draw thousands of visitor each year.
Crestone is easily accessible to visitors. A National Forest Service campground is about 3/4 of a mile north of town, and other lodging is available, including an inn and several bed and breakfasts. Activities in the area include camping, fishing, hiking and climbing, as well as spiritual explorations.
The Baca National Wildlife Refuge lies just to the west of town, and contains a diverse suite of habitats including desert shrublands, grasslands, wet meadows, playa wetlands, and riparian areas. Fed primarily by melting mountain snow, numerous streams flow across the Refuge providing an abundance of life in an otherwise arid landscape. The Refuge is home to a large number of wildlife and plant species. In addition to the plant and animal resources contained on the refuge, the area also is rich in historic and cultural resource sites, some of which date over 12,000 years ago.
This website is currently under development, more complete content will be published in November-December of 2014.
Kairina Danforth, MayorLonny Roth, Mayor Pro-TemDiane Bairstow, TrusteeJohn Grotenhuis, TrusteeAdam Kinney, TrusteeKizzen Laki, TrusteeMark Talbot, Trustee
Christina Cabeza, ChairRenée Hill, Vice ChairKairina DanforthJoe MichalakLonny RothCarmen Teeple, Alternate
Administrator: Akia TanaraDeputy Clerk: Gretchen NelsonInterim Treasurer: Linda Craig