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For convenient shopping in a pleasant atmosphere in stores with a wide selection of goods at economical prices Crestone residents and visitors generally shop in Alamosa and Salida, both about 50 miles away. Alamosa has Safeway; a Kroger store, City Market; and Walmart. There is also a natural foods cooperative. Salida has Safeway and Walmart. Online shopping and fast convenient delivery are available through Amazon and Walmart.

There are a few stores in Crestone, including a great selection of natural meat at the Crestone Merchantile on east Galena Avenue. It is possible to avoid travel to nearby towns for shopping for months at a time with only slight inconvenience and only a small increase in expense. Winter travel in the San Luis Valley is sometimes quite dangerous due to cold, ice, and occasional blizzards.

There are liquor stores with a pleasant atmosphere and a good selection in Alamosa and Salida.