Travel Information

Driving Directions

Crestone Mountain Zen Center (CMZC): 

2000 E Dream Way

Crestone, CO 81131

Please use Google Maps for driving directions to CMZC. 

Google directions from Moffat (the last half hour of your trip) can be confusing. Click Here to download our additional directions from Moffat to Crestone.

Airports

Alamosa (ALS) is an extremely small airport and the closest airport. It is 1 hour South of Crestone. It is serviced by a commuter airline called Key Lime Air DBA Denver Air Connection. If you book to this airport you will have a connection in Denver.  

You will need to arrange ground transport (taxi or rideshare) to CMZC.  

Taxi Service in Alamosa - Little Stinkers Taxi (719) 589-2500 

 

Colorado Springs (COS). This is a small airport but serviced by major airlines, making it easy and fast to get in and out of. It is 165 miles or about 3 hours 15 minutes drive from Crestone. The following airlines service COS: American, Avelo, Delta, Southwest, Sun Country, United. 

You will need to arrange ground transport (car rental or shuttle) to CMZC. 

 

Denver International Airport (DEN, locally known as DIA) is a much bigger airport. It is about 4 hours from Crestone. Denver flights tend to be less expensive and involve fewer connections. 

You will need to arrange ground transport (car rental or bus) to CMZC. Click Here for information on how to get to Crestone from DIA via bus.

 

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

You will need to arrange ground transport (car rental). 

 

CARPOOLING / RIDE SHARING FROM AIRPORTS

Most people will arrive on Sunday August 13th, and car pooling or ride sharing from an airport may be possible. We will send out a survey beginning 2 months ahead of time to collect guests’ travel & contact information to help facilitate carpooling / ride sharing with each other. 

Ground Transportation

Car Rentals 

Local Taxis and Shuttle Service

  • Little Stinkers Taxi, Alamosa: call (719) 589-2500

Bus from Denver Airport to Crestone 

 

CAR POOLING / RIDE SHARING FROM AIRPORTS

Most people will arrive on Sunday August 13th, and car pooling or ride sharing from an airport may be possible. We will send out a survey beginning 2 months ahead of time to collect guests’ travel & contact information to help you facilitate car pooling / ride sharing with each other. 

Check-In & Check-Out 

Sunday August 13th is the day to arrive. You can arrive anytime 2pm onwards and check into your accommodations. You are welcome to take a hike, explore the campus, rest, etc. The first official scheduled event will be dinner together at 6pm, followed by an opening circle, orientation and kÄ«rtan. 

On the last day, Sunday August 20th, we will have morning practice and a closing circle followed by brunch around 10:30 am. After that, guests will pack-up, check-out, and begin their travel home. A bag lunch will be provided that day.

What To Bring 

Things to Pack:

  • yoga mat (for optional movement practice)
  • sun hat
  • sunscreen
  • layered comfortable clothing
  • water bottle
  • day-pack for optional hiking 
  • jacket for cool evenings 
  • notebook/pen
  • flashlight or headlamp
  • slippers 
  • hiking or walking shoes
  • swimsuit for bathing in nearby hot springs (optional)
  • rain jacket and/or umbrella in case of rain
  • camping gear (if camping)

 

If you are going to play harmonium at the retreat, bring your harmonium. If you aren’t able to travel with your harmonium, there will likely be a couple of extra harmoniums that you can take turns on with other students. 

Weather & Climate 

Crestone is a high desert climate. It’s cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Skies are mostly clear. We will be at 8,400 feet and the sun is intense. Please bring a sun hat and sunscreen.

If you are not accustomed to high altitude, please remember to drink plenty of water. Altitude physiologists recommend drinking 2-3 liters of water per day before your trip to help your body prepare. Being well rested when you arrive also decreases high altitude illness symptoms.

Doctor & Hospital Locations 

The Zen Center is located in a remote forest just outside of the small town of Crestone. The nearest doctor’s office or hospital is an hour away in either the town of Salida or Alamosa.

Campus Maps 

There are two kinds of maps available to you. One map gives you an idea of the buildings and where they are located. The other map shows hiking trails on our 240 acre campus that the residential community uses for walking meditation. The trails are easy and ideal for short recreational walks.

any questions or concerns? please email us at [email protected]