The Lone Tree Cemetery is an historic cemetery, sitting on a rocky hillside. Sizes for full body plots within a lot may vary. Plots dedicated to cremated remains will have varying smaller dimensions. A lot consists of two plots, located side by side. Lots are located within Blocks. A single plot may be used for one (1) traditional full body or casket burial, and/or four-six cremated remains (cremains) as determined by size of urn or vessel holding cremains as well as subsurface conditions. No plot, lot or portion thereof may be filled above the established surrounding grade. Subsequent cremations may be interred in a family plot which contains a previously buried casket with permission from surviving family members. Plots are solely for the use of the purchaser and/or his/her immediate heirs. Interment rights may not be reassigned. If a plot is to be reassigned, it must be sold back to the District for the purchase price at the time of sale. It will then be reassigned at the current market value. Purchase of a right to use a cemetery plot allows the purchaser to inter human remains within the specified cemetery plot in accordance with the cemetery district’s applicable policies and procedures. Purchasers of cemetery plots do NOT receive legal title to their burial plot. See: 30-20-808(7) C.R.S.
The Cemetery is located in a harsh mountain environment at an elevation of over 8800 feet and is maintained from May through October, conditions permitting. The Cemetery caretaker will strive to have grass and irrigation in all of the usable portions of the grounds and maintain the grounds in the best possible manner as conditions allow. In a February, 1991 recorded letter to the Cemetery Board, the Town of Telluride pledged to contribute water for irrigation and other operations of the Lone Tree Cemetery at no charge, provided that during times of low water yield or water shortages, which may cause the Town to prioritize water for domestic use over irrigation needs, the Cemetery will be asked to restrict or cease irrigation. Grass will be planted on graves when proper settling has occurred. Maintenance activities may include cutting grass, re-grading graves and lots, caring for trees and trash collection. There is no winter maintenance of the Lone Tree Cemetery.
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No one may bury human remains or cremains in the Cemetery without first contacting a member of the Cemetery District Board of Directors in order to be certain the burial is in the proper allocated plot, lot and block, and that Cemetery procedures have been followed. The Cemetery District requires at least 72 hours notice of burial prior to the time appointed for the burial. Exceptions to this notice upon Board discretion only.
Every state has its own regulations regarding burials. Please refer to the following for some helpful information regarding Colorado Burial and Cremation Regulations; http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/burial-cremation-laws-colorado.html
Per Colorado Revised Statute, Part 8. Cemetery Districts, C.R.S. 30-20-808 (2014); If there is a lot, grave space, niche, or crypt in the cemetery in which no remains have been interred, no burial memorial has been placed, and no other improvement has been made for a continuous period of no less than seventy-five years, a cemetery district may initiate the process of reclaiming title to the lot, grave space, niche, or crypt in accordance with this section.
The District will arrange for this work to be done. The cost is borne by the family and payments must be made to the Lone Tree Cemetery District One. Only approved contractors shall be allowed to perform this duty. Graves must be closed to cemetery standards. Plots to be excavated must be marked by the cemetery district in order to maintain the accuracy of the placement of the graves and the records of the cemetery.
Proof of interment rights relies on records kept by the Cemetery District, only if such records are available, and/or a receipt for payment of interment right signed by a Cemetery official.
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There is limited space remaining in the historic Lone Tree Cemetery. Availability is limited to the New West Addition in blocks, plots and lots as determined by the Board of Directors. In order to insure the availability of burial plots for full time residents of the community, as evidenced by voter registration, distribution of plots is solely at the discretion of the Board of Directors and occurs as follows:
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