Getting To and From Crestone, CO

If you are driving from Denver or other places, please consider offering a ride to fellow retreatants through our website ride board at http://tsoknyirinpoche.org/rideshare/ You may also request a ride using this link.

Flying

Denver International Airport (DEN) is a 4-1/2 hour drive north of Crestone. Denver flights tend to be less expensive and involve fewer connections than other airports.

Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), NM is 5-hour drive south of Crestone.

Boutique Airlines flies from Denver and Albuquerque, to Alamosa, CO, a one hour drive south of Crestone. Reservations must be made through Boutique Airlines. Checked baggage from your flight to Denver or Albuquerque must be picked up at baggage claim and then checked onto the Boutique Airlines flight. If you choose to fly on Boutique, allow ample time for claiming and rechecking baggage. To make a reservation on Boutique Airlines, go to this link: https://www.boutiqueair.com

Windhorse Taxi Service at 719-256-4091, keithchd@gmail.com, offers service between Crestone and the Alamosa Airport. Little Stinkers Taxi (719-589-2500) out of Alamosa also offers service between Crestone and the Alamosa airport. Cost is approximately $85 per trip.

Bus Service

For the journey from Denver to Crestone, another option is to take the bus.

The Black Hills Stage Line operates the Express Arrow Bus that departs daily from the Denver Amtrak Station at Union Station at 1:55 p.m. and arrives in Moffat, CO just after 6:00 p.m. The fare is $37. Tickets can be booked here: http://expressarrow.com/ Choose Denver Amtrak Station as your point of origin and Moffat, CO, as your destination.

YOU MUST CHANGE BUSSES IN SALIDA FOR THE FINAL TRIP TO MOFFAT. LISTEN FOR THE DRIVER’S ANNOUNCMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL EXPRESS ARROW BUS  877-779-2999 (toll-free).

Moffat drop off and pick up location is on the east side of Highway 17 (across the highway from the Mirage coffee house and Post Office). The bus turns off the highway a very short distance heading east on Moffat Way and stops about half-way  at the small park on the left (north).

Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) offers rail service on the University of Colorado A Line.  The train will take you from DEN to Union Station to connect with the Express Arrow bus.  Cost is $9 one way.  Travel time to Union Station is 37 minutes.  Tickets can be purchased at the vending machines located at the RTD Customer Care Counter, which is in the center of the airport on Level One.  Tickets must be purchased before proceeding to the train platform, also on Level One.  There are no vending machines on the train platform.  Please allow enough time to claim your baggage, purchase your rail ticket, board the train, and arrive at Union Station before the Express Arrow bus departure at Union Station at 1:55 p.m.  For information about RTD’s rail service from DEN to Union Station, visit: http://www3.rtd-denver.com/a-line.shtml

From Moffat, CO, taxi service to Crestone is provided by Windhorse Taxi Service at 719-256-4091; keithchd@gmail.com. Travel time is approximately 15-20 minutes and cost is $40 one way. Contact Keith Conway directly for reservations.

Driving

Getting to Crestone From Denver International Airport/DEN

Please check these directions for updates with Google Maps or Mapquest before beginning your trip.

  • Take Pena Blvd South/West for about 10 miles, until it merges into I-70 West.
  • Take I-70 West for about 25 miles.
  • Merge onto CO-470 E via Exit 260 toward Colorado Springs, and go 5.7 miles.
  • Merge onto US-285 South toward Fairplay.
  • Take 285 South through Fairplay, through Johnson Village, South, on 285 through Villa Grove (about 150 miles).
  • After passing through Villa Grove watch for a turnoff from 285 to RT 17 on your Left.
  • Take RT 17 through Moffat.
  • As you are about to pass the southern end of Moffat, look for a small sign for Crestone.
  • You will turn Left on County Road “T” heading East towards Crestone.
  • After turning from Hwy 17 onto County Road T, go 13-14 miles toward the mountains.
  • As you come into town, you’ll notice that the speed limit is reduced, and there is a church on the left.
  • About a minute after passing the church, you’ll come to wide fork in the road.
  • For those of you with accommodations in the Baca Grande: bear right at the fork onto Camino Baca Grande, into the community marked as The Baca (note: bearing left at this fork takes you into downtown Crestone) and proceed to your lodgings.
  • If you are staying in Crestone, then go left at the wide fork in the road toward the town and your lodgings.
  • To go the Desert Sage Restaurant for check-in, turn right at the fork and take the next right into the Desert Sage parking lot.
  • Please do not park your car in the Desert Sage parking lot before 2:30 p.m. check-in unless you are having lunch there. Lunch is served between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

To find specific addresses in the Baca or the town of Crestone, go to Google Maps and use the Directions tab at https://maps.google.com/

Getting to Crestone from Albuquerque International Sunport

Directions are from MapQuest.

  • Start out going east on Sunport Blvd SE toward Yale Blvd SE.
  • Merge onto I-25N/US85N toward I-40/Albuquerque Downtown/Santa Fe.
  • Take the US-84 N/US-285 N/St Francis Dr exit, EXIT 282B-A, toward Santa Fe-Plaza.
  • Merge onto US-84 N/US-285 N via the ramp on the left toward Santa Fe Plaza/Los Alamos/Taos. Turn left onto S Paseo de Onate/US-84 N/US-285 N.
  • Continue to follow US-84 N/US-285 N.
  • Turn right onto US-285 N/County Road 55.
  • Continue to follow US-285 N (Crossing into Colorado).
  • Turn right onto US-285 N/CO-17/CO-285.
  • Continue to follow US-285 N/CO-17.
  • Turn right onto 6th St/US-160 E.
  • Turn left onto Denver Ave/US-160 E.
  • Continue to follow US-160 E.
  • Turn left onto 1st St/CO-17.
  • Continue to follow CO-17.
  • Turn right onto County Road “T.”
  • After turning from Hwy 17 onto County Road T, drive approximately 13-14 toward the mountains.
  • As you come into town, you’ll notice that the speed limit is reduced, and there is a church on the left.
  • About a minute after passing the church, you’ll come to wide fork in the road.
  • For those of you with accommodations in the Baca Grande: bear right at the fork onto Camino Baca Grande, into the community marked as The Baca (note: bearing left at this fork takes you into downtown Crestone) and proceed to your lodgings.
  • If you are staying in Crestone, go left at the wide fork in the road toward the town and your lodgings.
  • To go the Desert Sage Restaurant for check-in turn right at the fork and take the next right into the Desert Sage Parking lot.
  • Please do not park your car in the Desert Sage parking lot before 2:30 p.m. check-in unless you are having lunch there. Lunch is served between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

 

Please keep in mind that Crestone is a quiet community which values slow car speeds to reduce noise and dust from unpaved roads. The roads are shared by pedestrians, cyclists and various animals, particularly deer, which often graze on roadways and can bolt in front of cars at any time. Please be alert, aware, and courteous when driving in Crestone.

The parking lot for the Yeshe Rangsal retreat land is at the Stupa of Enlightenment located in Chalet 1, off Camino Baca Grande to the east, between Rendezvous and Hilltop.