Eastern San Luis Valley Trails Coalition

Located in Colorado’s 3rd largest Wilderness Area, Crestone is a hidden gem for hiking, backpacking, climbing, and more. Conveniently positioned at the heart of the Sangre de Cristo’s, the Town of Crestone is the primary hospitality and provisioning ‘hub’ for visitors accessing surrounding public lands. The Eastern San Luis Valley Trails Coalition (ESLVTC) is a coalition of public and private partners formed to create a non-motorized, multi-use trail system along the eastern San Luis Valley. They provide overall leadership and organizational support, as well as assistance with coordination and grant applications. Coalition partners meet monthly to review progress and discuss project needs.


ESLVTC is working to create trails systems that:

  1. Enhance conservation and foster a culture of stewardship
  2. Provide access to adjacent public lands
  3. Increase recreational opportunities
  4. Connect key destinations and points of interest
  5. Preserve community values
  6. Include education and interpretation opportunities
  7. Strengthen the local services and hospitality economy



A non-motorized multi-use trail system connecting key destinations and linking Crestone and the Baca Subdivision to adjacent public lands and recreational assets.



  • Develop multi-use, non-motorized, sustainable trails
  • Promote recreation opportunities
  • Create a local services ‘hub’ for public lands and wilderness areas
  • Provide safe routes to school and town
  • Connect multiple points of interest
  • Provide education, culture, and interpretation opportunities



  • Town of Crestone
  • National Wildlife Refuge (USFW)
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • San Luis Valley Great Outdoors (SLVGO)
  • Saguache County
  • Colorado College at the Baca
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
  • Crestone Charter School
  • Baca Grande Property Owners Assoc.
  • U.S. Forest Service



One of the largest contiguous open spaces in the continental U.S. when combined with abutting Forest Service, BLM, US Fish & Wildlife and National Park Service lands.

  • 70 miles long
  • 180 miles of trails
  • 220,000 acres


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