Nestled at the base of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain range with the seemingly endless San Luis Valley offering miles of views and gorgeous sunsets, a Baca full of unique temples and artistic homes and a diverse selection of wildlife, makes Crestone a scenery smorgasbord.
#1 Magnificent Views. Winter snows create a fantasy landscape that will take your breath away and leave you wanting to celebrate the holiday season year round. When you visit Crestone your eyes will be treated with the beauty of land that remains hardly changed in the last few hundred years. Prepare to be awed when gazing upwards at Crestone Peak which rises over 14,000 feet. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take these memories home and remind yourself to return.
Great Sand Dunes National Park with Crestone Peak in the background. Photo credit: Tad Bowman
Moon over Crestone. Photo credit: Apeacecarol.blogspot.com
#2 Joyful Journey Hot Springs. Soak away your winter blues in a cozy spring of heated bliss while relaxing to the magnificent views of the mountains. Healthwise the benefits of hot springs are more than just staying warm. Soakers experience improved circulation, sinus relief, a healthy epidermis and a peaceful state of mind. A bonus is that unlike some hot springs you won’t find an unpleasant sulfur smell here.
Joyful Journey Hot Springs. Photo credit: Erin Kelly
#3 Abundant Wildlife. Don’t be surprised if you wake up to deer walking past your window or waiting for a herd of elk to cross the highway. Without the massive buildings and pavement that tend to occupy most scenic towns, Crestone remains a haven for wildlife. Conservation is part of the vibe and will stay that with community support and the Sacred Land Sanctuary.
Mule deer in Crestone. Photo credit: Mendosa.com
#4 Ancient History. Stone huts have been found in the area with unknown origins. Are they ovens used by railroad workers in the early 1900’s or are these structures even older? Take a short hike in the Baca and see them for yourself.
One of a few stone huts found in the Crestone Baca. Photo credit: stonequest.org
#5 Billions of Stars! You can actually see the stars at night here in Crestone thanks to a lack of the light pollution that plagues larger metropolitan areas.
Starry night skies over Crestone show off billions of stars. Photo credit: Wally Pachoika
#6 The Stupa. Sitting on a high hill in the Baca the site of this Buddhist temple features stunning views of a winter wonderland after a snowfall on Crestone and the valley below. The Stupa is also a fantastic background for a selfie.
The Crestone Stupa with a fresh dusting of snow. credit: unknown
#7 Solar Power! With an average 330 days of sunshine a year, but cold temperatures in the winter months, Crestone is a solar energy mecca. Alternative and sustainable energy is an integral part of living at such a high altitude and solar energy is abundant. Each autumn visitors from around the world converge here to attend the annual Crestone Energy Fair and learn how solar energy can transform their own communities.
Solar energy panels in Crestone. Photo credit: Rebecca Emery
#8 So Many Spiritual Centers! Dubbed the “Shambala of the Rockies” Crestone is home to a variety of spiritual centers including Hindu, Buddhist and Christian.
Photo credit NY Times
Enjoy your stay in Crestone at Casa Del Soul. We offer private, comfortable and clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable and Wi-fi. We are also 100% smoke free. Reserve your room for the night or a week by calling 719-256-5788 or online at CasaDelSoul.net.
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