Category: Living on the Earth

Crestone Mountain Zen Center goes solar

The Crestone Eagle • July, 2020 Crestone Mountain Zen Center goes solar by Larry Joseph Calloway When the 132 solar panels went online at 50 kilowatts in late June at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center it was a milepost (or more...

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Fires in Crestone history

The Crestone Eagle • May, 2018 Fires in Crestone history by Mary Lowers As summer approaches, we are living with a stage two fire alert in Saguache County. Crestone and the Baca Grande are drier than even the “old timers” have...

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Trucking at the potato harvest (October 2004)

The Crestone Eagle, October 2004: Trucking at the potato harvest story & photos by Len Schreiner I took a temp job driving a potato truck in the SLV Potato harvest. My experience was marked by the kind of people I’ve...

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There’s a world of bears out there (July 2005)

The Crestone Eagle, July 2005: There’s a world of bears out there by Keno I’ve written several articles about bears for the Eagle over the last couple of years, but all of those were about the problems bears cause us humans here...

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The Closed Basin Project Dead trees, dry creeks & dropping water tables

As you approach Crestone on T Road you may notice that North Crestone Creek, which runs into the Wildlife Refuge, is dry; and you may also notice that most of the many cottonwood trees that follow its course are dead or dying. As the raven flies across the North Crestone Creek watershed, from the peaks surrounding Ground Hog Basin and the Venable Cirque which drain into the North Fork, across the two great basins that drain off the sides of Comanche and Fluted peaks into the Middle Fork, to the peaks surrounding North Crestone Lake and North Crestone Creek, is a distance of five miles. Y

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Ice fog and Fata Morgana

by Keno Living here on the edge of both the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and the San Luis Valley, we sometimes get to see different weather phenomena that most areas of the world rarely witness. I’ve been asked about two...

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Hike into the South San Juan Wilderness

But a 76-mile section from Wolf Creek to Cumbres Pass? “No,” says my friend Katey, a seasoned mountain climber and wilderness guide. “At your age, that isn’t realistic. Take a small section,” she says. Another friend suggests which section. I will drive the 27 miles on Forest Road 250 off the road to Cumbres Pass, park beyond the Platoro Reservoir at the Three Forks Trailhead, head out with my pack up a long valley to the three forks, cross the converged North, Middle Forks of the Conejos River and the creek that runs alongside the Rito Azul Trail, follow the Rito Azul a mile or so where I’ll camp below tree line the first night, then hike to Blue Lake for the second night and on the third day head out for the six miles of the sublime and potentially terrifying CDT. The last section drops me down again into the Middle Fork cirque and another six miles out to the car. In all, about seventeen-and-a-half miles.

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Local Weather

Crestone, Colorado
7:20am6:15pm MDT
Feels like: 34°F
Wind: 6mph W
Humidity: 31%
Pressure: 29.86"Hg
UV index: 1

Upcoming Events

  1. SLVREC Board Meeting

    October 27 @ 9:30 am
  2. Rumi Study Circle. All welcome over Zoom.

    October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  3. Halloween

    October 31
  4. Blue Moon

    October 31
  5. Food Distribution

    October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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