Photo by Ted Tevye

Crestone, Baca Grande and Saguache County Resources

The Town of Crestone
Green Burial is available at the Town Cemetery.
Learn more here: Town of Cestone Green Burial
719. 256. 4313

Cielo Azul offers natural burial for local pets

Death comes for us all, including beloved animals whose lives often seem tragically short compared to ours. With a vision of offering pet parents a tranquil, natural spot to honor their beloved cats and dogs, volunteers created Crestone’s pet cemetery, Cielo Azul, in 2018.

The Town of Crestone provided land for Cielo Azul. Follow Galena west to the Crestone cemetery. From there, a 10 minute walk west brings you to Cielo Azul’s site, nestled among pinyon, juniper, grasses and cactus. Rock lined paths access the 90+ numbered grave sites.

Several local artists’ contributions enhance the site. William Bartley created the beautiful steel entrance gate and Paul Kloppenburg crafted the colorful memorial kiosk. The kiosk has bench seating for rest and reflection. Cielo Azul follows the general rules for a natural burial site. Dogs and cats may be buried in a shroud or other natural material. Cremains may be also be buried. Pet parents hand dig the graves and decorative items can be placed to personalize and adorn the plot. Cielo Azul is open to all animal residents of Saguache county, especially those in the Crestone/Baca area.

The pet cemetery is administered by the Town of Crestone. Come to Town Hall at the corner of Galena and Alder Monday through Thursday, 9-2 to pick up a map of the grave sites. A $25 fee is requested for a small plot with slightly higher fees for larger spaces.

The Crestone Eagle
Monthly features on community and history of Crestone; spiritual centers; environmental issues. Good source for lodging and special events. Monthly publication, online and hardcopy available.

The Town of Crestone
Green Burial is available at the Town Cemetery.

Baca Grande Property Owners Association

Saguache Chamber of Commerce

ScSeed: Saguache County Sustainable Environmental and Economic Development

Hospice del Valle, Alamosa
Providing Hospice and Palliative Care services throughout the San Luis Valley. Helen Lester, Director.

Joyful Journey Hot Springs
Outdoor Hot Springs and Spa; lodging and conference center.

Orient Land Trust
Dedicated to land conservation and preserving natural resources, home of Valley View Hot Springs and Historic Orient Mine.

County Coroner:
Dial Sheriff’s Office or 911

Town of Crestone:

Hospice Del Valle:

Rogers Family Mortuary:  

Alternative Cremations (Pueblo)

Visit our Home Funerals page for a list of local artisans and businesses who can supply materials for a home funeral.