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 perfect place to disconnect. Rustic cabins with luxury bedding. Three and a half exquisite meals per day. Fabulous wine list and cocktails. Plenty of activities. Don't miss the spa. Truly relaxing.
A slice of heaven! Besides being a beautiful location, with relaxation written all over it, Dunton has unparalleled service. They have thought of everything for their guests, from daypacks for hiking, rain boots for monsoon season, sack lunches for your drive home, and coffee service at your cabin before breakfast starts! Everyone is very friendly and so willing to assist. The food and drink are delicious. You can spend your time doing any number of activities, including hiking, soaking, massage, ping pong, pool, movie. You name it, I bet they can offer it! It's one of our favorite places to visit.
There will be a third!!! Great overall experience w food being at top of list.Staff was extremelyfriendly and efficient.Accomodations are great with hot springs a neat way to end day, Loaded w amenities and an overall great experience. Opportunity to meet other guests at dinner was another enjoyable opportunity.
A charming rustic retreat flanked by miles of pine and aspen trees with beautiful mountain peaks in the background. And a majestic waterfall just a short walk from our tent! This is a one-with-nature trip without the "roughing it" part (although no TV's in cabins and very weak wifi may be very rough for some :)). Our tent (the Christy's tent) was a lovely representation of a "gone glamping" getaway with a large slate tile shower and scenic view as if outdoors. Hot spring in the bath house felt perfect after hours of hiking. Does get very chilly at night - even for June. Food is delicious - fresh local ingredients highlighted with top-notch execution paired with wines served family style for lunch and en plate for dinner all at one large table with other guests. They will create a romantic table for two if desired as we did several times. Staff goes above and beyond to make us feel welcome and like family. My one (or two) caveat: excursions/tour guides are pricey add-ons to the already luxury price point so if you plan to do a tour guide excursion a few times it will cost $$$$ and gratuity is additional. Did not expect that on my check-out bill. Would like if they will include an excursion (and gratuity fees) in the future to make it a true all inclusive.
Our family was looking for a place with casual luxury, and we found it at Dunton River Camp. Tents are really cabins with canvas sides with all the hotel luxuries we hoped for. All the dining experiences far exceeded our expectations. Dinner included wine pairings, beautiful presentation, and accommodations for our various preferences. Fishing and Horseback Riding were well-guided for a three-generation group like ours, and all the activities were long enough to enjoy but not so long to be burdensome. And the hot springs! A new experience for us, and the set up was great. But the greatest of all were the Dunton team. These are kind and thoughtful people with a heart for hospitality and for others. We'll be telling stories about this trip forever!