Nestled against the foothills of the rugged Sangre de Cristo range, the tiny town of Crestone offers respite to those truly wishing to "get away from it all." The adjacent Rio Grande National Forest and Sangre de Cristo Wilderness offer superb hiking up uncrowded trails leading to pristine high altitude lakes. Climbers will be challenged by the area’s "Fourteeners." Trail rides are also available at the Baca Grande Stables.
The Challenger Golf Course, a beautiful nine-hole course with stunning scenery attracts pronghorns, mule deer and Canada geese in addition to its human patrons. Photo opportunities are abundant, from spectacular mountain scenery to local flora and fauna.
Accommodations are limited ensuring that your stay will be unmarred by the crowds so often encountered in resort areas. A stream-side camp ground maintained by the U.S. Forest Service is a popular destination, and Baca Grande Camper Village offers RV accomodations. There is a variety of lodging choices as well. Alder Terrace in Crestone, and in the Baca there are the Baca Townhouses and numerous Bed and Breakfasts including The Rainbow, Sacred Earth, Slice of Heaven, A Higher View, Silver Star and Dome Sweet Home. Other lodging choices are available through Accommodations of Choice. The White Eagle Inn is located on the "T" road four miles from Crestone.
The area's isolation makes it a poplar location for retreats, which may be arranged with several local spiritual organizations, including the Spiritual Life Institute (a Carmelite monastery); the Crestone Mountain Zen Center, and Sacred Passage, a wilderness solo offered in Crestone in the summer months.
You’re more likely to see a mule deer strolling down Crestone’s main street than you are to encounter a traffic jam. Groceries and other necessities can be obtained at the Crestone Mercantile in “downtown” Crestone, and the Curt's Olde Country Store, which features organic and natural foods and also has the town’s only gas pumps.
Gift shopping is available at the Crestone Artisan's Gallery and at the gift shop at the Haidakhandi Ashram. The Creative Trading Company, a gift shop has local crafts and gifts. The Crestone Spirits Center provides alcoholic beveages, and laundromat is in the back of Crestone Mercantile.
Hungry travelers can choose from the Desert Sage Restaurant in the Baca, or the Painted Skye or Bliss Café in downtown Crestone.
For history buffs, evidence of Crestone’s mining days is scattered throughout the foothills. Local resident Gladys Sisemore captures the essence of those days in her book Drillin', Loadin', and Firin', available at the Desert Sage and at Crestone Mercantile.
Visitors to Crestone in early July can enjoy the annual Fourth of July celebration, a homegrown event featuring a parade, 5-kilometer footrace, picnic and music in the Baca Grande's Crestone Park, capped by a dance and fireworks at the Crestone Fire Department.
Pack your mountain bike or fly-fishing rod, bring your watercolors or that manuscript you haven’t finished, and come to Crestone to enjoy a serene holiday in a secluded location with a warm and welcoming community.