Crestone is a town located in Saguache County, Colorado. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 73. It is a small village at the foot of the western slope of the Sangre de Christo Range in the northern part of the San Luis Valley. Crestone was a small mining town but little paying ore was discovered. In the 1970s a large land development, the Baca Grande, was established to the south and west and several hundred homes have been built.
The Crestone area which includes the Baca Grande and Moffat, Colorado is a spiritual and new age center with several world religions represented including a Hindu temple, a Zen center, a coed Carmelite monastery, several Tibetan centers, and miscellaneous new age happenings. You can keep up with the more notable events by subscribing to the Crestone Eagle (http://crestoneeagle.com/index.html), the local newspaper.
Crestone is easily accessible to visitors, a Forest Service campground is about a half mile north of town, and other lodging is available including several bed and breakfasts. There are opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, climbing as well as spiritual explorations.
Crestone is probably named after the district of Crestonia in ancient Macedonia, a district where gold was found. It is mentioned in Thucydides History_of_the_Peloponnesian_War. In the Nineteenth Century a classical education might have included the reading of the History_of_the_Peloponnesian_War (http://www.4literature.net/Thucydides/History_of_the_Peloponnesian_War/42.html)
Web Sites and Links
Crestone ColoradoVisitor information, and events calendar.
Crestone EagleLocal newspaper highlighting subscription, advertising, and article submission guidelines and information.
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