Dunton Hot Springs
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best All-Inclusive
- The Jetsetter rate includes all meals and beverages (with the exception of the Reserve List)
- Five hot springs that range in temperature from 85°F to 106°F
- Locally produced organic food and world-class wines to match
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Hotel For Communing With Nature
What To Know
- Cross-country ski in Dunton from late December to late March, hike from late May to early October
- Popular with couples and families
- Extra activities are worth the splurge
- The entire town can be rented for a special occasion
- No cell phone coverage, but free WiFi and land-line calls (local and long distance)
- Free WiFi
Tucked deep in the Colorado Rockies is a meticulously restored 19th-century ghost town where you can live out your Butch Cassidy fantasies: drinking in an old-fashioned saloon, saddling rugged horses for high mountain rides, schussing through fresh snow and easing your weary bones in the restoring hot springs. This is the most wildly luxurious Wild West experience out there. We’re talking glamping amid crystal chandeliers, buttery leather armchairs and a globetrotting collection of antiques.
Bed & Bath
Scattered across the valley are 13 guest quarters; some were originally on the site of the 1890s gold rush and mining town, while others were hauled in from nearby towns and carefully reassembled. The exteriors of the tin-roofed, hand-hewn log cabins may seem rustic, but if you venture inside you’ll find heated slate floors, sumptuous baths, smoked-glass showers and iPod docking stations. Each cabin is unique and decorated with carefully chosen antiques, including Chinese chairs, Turkish kilims, Moroccan rugs and African masks.
While some of the cabins have their own private hot springs, the heart of the town is a bathhouse that shelters one of the many mineral hot springs. Dining takes place at a communal fireside table or at the open-kitchen bar inside an inviting saloon, where you can watch the chef prepare the day’s meal. After exploring the area on foot, horse or bike, guests can indulge in yoga classes inside the converted pony express or spa treatments at the bathhouse. And there’s always the option of a glass of vino in the lavish library, a onetime barn from Durango that’s outfitted with cracked-leather armchairs, a bearskin rug and a crackling fireplace. Butch and Sundance never had it this good.
In the Area
Set in a remote valley in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, the resort caters to active travelers, organizing outings with expert guides. In the winter, you can schuss down a total of 14,000 feet of snowy Aspen terrain on a heli-ski excursion, or venture on a quiet snowshoe tour through the San Jan Mountain range, right outside your cabin’s door. In the spring and summer, horseback ride through Anasazi ruins in the painted sand canyons, then take a tour and lunch at Sutcliffe Vineyards. Or fly-fish on nine miles of private water on the West Fork of the Dolores River. Dunton also offers photography or fine art classes.
How to Get There
The staff is amazing. Beautiful location. Worth the trip!! Senic drive that is beautiful to reach the location. SUV is a plus for the dirt road but our car made it :) If I could post a picture I would because words don't do it justice.
I’ll start by saying that there is no way to capture this place from a website or photos. Just trust the awards Dunton has both won and been nominated for, its truly an amazing place. The vision comes from the ownership that is a wealthy couple/family originally from Germany now residing in London. They also own a few hotels and are a part of The Aman boutique hotel brand. This is all about unplugging from the daily grind in the utmost scale and service. I don't think I have been to a resort that does this so perfectly. Dunton Hot Springs is about 4 miles from Dunton River Camp. They are really two separate/different experiences. We stayed at Dunton Hot Springs in Christy’s Tent which was fabulous. At 6’5” there was more than enough room and great bathroom to boot. From the second you arrive on property you are greeted with champagne, a tour of the property and you catch the vibe is really special, happy and relaxed. This is basically your own resort to do how you see fit with 5 star service anytime you need it. The experience is so relaxful, all the guest all said they haven’t slept this well in their entire lives and the beds will beat any hotel in the world with all anichini high end bedding. We felt the same way and now that I am home I miss it terribly. I tend to pack lots of activities into trips and determine where I might vacation with the unique activities the resort might provide. At Dunton, less is more. A perfect day is sleeping in to 9 AM, have an incredible breakfast of whatever you would like made for your, find your way to the waterfall on property and watch the sun move through the trees and over the red rock formations, go spend a couple hours in the hot springs taking in the moving clouds, have another fabulous lunch with property guests who will become life long friends, take a quick nap or have a glass of wine on your porch and watch the clouds blow through, do a little fly fishing on property with all the gear you need provided, have a couples message then go to pre dinner cocktails and dinner with presentation and wine selection that will blow your mind, walk outside the dinning venue to the fire pit where s’mores are waiting, wind down at one of the three hot springs watching the stars until retiring to your turned down bed and fireplace. Dunton has helped me remember what vacations are supposed to be, not palatial palaces that have every amenity you’ve ever wanted but rather vacations should be spent to unwind from the norm, recharge and spend quality time with your loved one, getting closer. We will be back to Dunton and likely will be having our wedding here! Don’t over think a Dunton vacation, just go and you’ll know what I mean.
Cool concept but fails to deliver. Service not at all commensurate with price. This place is very expensive and seems to lack severely in management. The food was marginal at best when you consider the cost and the house wine is very bad. Some of the wines offered are not in stock.