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Saguache County and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the San Luis Valley, Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Believers will tell you the tiny town of Crestone sits at a convergence of powerful forces available for healing and higher states of consciousness. The community, with just 141 residents in the town itself, is home to numerous centers of spiritual focus: native American sanctuaries, Buddhist and Catholic monasteries, a Taoist retreat, a Hindu ashram. To get closer to the heavens, pilgrims can climb the Crestone ziggurat, a circular tower the color of sunset high on a rocky hill.

And at the close of day, locals can choose to be part of the Crestone End of Life Project – the only open-air funeral pyre in the country. From Colorado highway 17, take County road T for 12 miles to the foot of the Sangre de Cristos. The journey begins at the end of the road.

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Colorado Postcards are snapshots of our colorful state in sound. They give brief insights into our people and places, our flora and fauna, and our past and present, from every corner of Colorado.