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5 months 3 weeks ago

At the Crestone Brewery!

Crestone Brewing Company Summer 2018.jpg

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5 months 4 weeks ago

Delightful Dome shared a link.

Crestone Historical Museum Summer 2018.jpg

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6 months 1 week ago

Time to head for the mountains! Willow Lake is directly above Crestone.

Happy Trails: Willow Lake in Sangre de Cristo Wilderness

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6 months 2 weeks ago

It's About the CRESTONE BREWERY!

ON TAP: Retreat from Baca Retreat - The Catalyst

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6 months 2 weeks ago

The valley looks dry near Crestone (it is!) - but in other areas is home to wetland flora and fauna.

Wetlands matter to the San Luis Valley

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6 months 3 weeks ago

May 19-20 at Shumei International Institute

Shumei’s 16th anniversary celebration planned

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7 months 1 day ago

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A trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park

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7 months 5 days ago

Delightful Dome shared Crestone Brewing Co.'s post.

Fine day for a beer on the patio, no?

#craftbeer #sanluisvalley #crestone #coloradobluebirdsky

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7 months 1 week ago

Wow - glad these winds are over - maybe these dust patterns are related to presence of the Great Sand Dunes (?)

High winds cause dust storms in southern Colorado

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7 months 1 week ago

Sandhill Cranes at Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge

Gazette photos of the month: March 2018 | Colorado Springs Gazette Photo Gallery

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7 months 2 weeks ago

Delightful Dome shared Gaia's video.

This mysterious valley has more documented cases of UFO sightings than anywhere else in America, but UFOs aren't the only unusual phenomena going on there. Explore more sacred sites: http://bit.ly/2H3beO9

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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7 months 2 weeks ago

Crestone is off to the left!

View of Great Sand Dunes from International Space Station
NASA photo

#ScienceSaturday - Many visitors wonder: Why is there so much sand only here, but not at other locations along the mountains?

In this view from space, part of the answer becomes clear. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are curved here, and at the same location are low passes to funnel wind and sand from the valley floor into this pocket.

Then why doesn't sand accumulate, for instance, at the base of La Veta Pass to the south? The mountains also curve there below a low pass.. The answer is that this northeast part of the San Luis Valley is a closed basin. Streams carrying sand into this basin don't exit, so all the sand they carry is deposited here. In the past, these streams fed into huge lakes; when these lakes disappeared through natural climate change, vast quantities of sand blew and accumulated here below Mosca, Medano, and Music Passes. In other parts of the valley, and in most places in the Rocky Mountains, sands are continually washed away and carried downstream into larger and larger rivers.

There are some other locations in the Rocky Mountains where sand accumulates in a basin, then blows into a pocket of the mountains. In North Park, Colorado, near the town of Walden, are two dunefields tucked into mountain pockets. Throughout the western U.S., many dunefields are formed the same way. But the San Luis Valley is the size of the state of Connecticut, with huge quantities of sand, a low curve in the mountains, and streams to recycle the sand into the tallest dunes in North America!

Visit the park's geology pages for more:
https://www.nps.gov/grsa/learn/nature/sanddunes.htm

#greatsanddunes #geology #NASA #InternationalSpaceStation #sand

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8 months 2 weeks ago

Art Symposium, 3 pm April 15.

Crestone Shumei gallery features Starseed
Crestone Brewing Co.

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8 months 2 weeks ago

Delightful Dome shared Crestone Brewing Co.'s photo.

Join us early this Saturday at 10:00 am for a specially prepared St Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast!

#crestone #sanluisvalley #craftbeer #publife #coloradocuisine #stpatricksday #irishbreakfast