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
I recommend the Dunton House B and B without reservation. Eric the manager is excellent, housekeeping is fast and efficient, the food is outrageously good, and the accomodations are spectacularl. Eric is an "over the top" lovely manager who provides excellent recommendations for dining, visits, and anything else we need. We stayed her for the Telluride Blue Grass Festival and had a grand time.
This place is positively perfect for a visit to Telluride. Superb location on Oak, one block from the Gondola and so close to delicious restaurants and fun shops. Erik was the perfect host and made our stay the absolute best. I can’t wait to return and to visit the other Dunton properties.
I have stayed here twice for both business and pleasure. No detail is spared. Eric was an amazing host. We love everything about this property! I’ve never felt truly at home in a hotel, B&B, etc. until I found DTH. Thank you for truly giving us an amazing getaway. We WILL be back!
I never leave reviews but these people were great. We read several glowing reviews so we had high expectations, and often you are disappointed, not here. We stayed at the River camp site and received exceptional service from the initial greeting and tour to the service and fantastic cuisine.
A special thank you to Kara and Jeff.
We will return and for longer.
As an all inclusive resort in Colorado, with wilderness and adventure on the itinerary, this was amazing. The food is Relais & Chateau quality and they cater to dietary restrictions very well. Lots of activities are available around the resort as well as spa services and hot springs on site. You may want to splurge for this unique experience!