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 townhouse exceeded every expectation we could have dreamed up. The beds are so comfortable. I love the stylish rooms, very chic, way beyond the average boutique hotel. Noah checked us in for night and day number one and when we awoke for our second. day Keith was present to assist us. The breakfast was beyond 5 star, Keith volunteered to give my husband a pancake cooking lesson which provided pancakes for everyone at the table. Every detail of breakfast from the place settings to the choices of bagels and pastries was 5 star. Keith's recommendations for dinner at 211 S. Oak was spot on .This was an exquisite experience which won't easily be surpassed.
Our family has been to some very high end luxury dude ranches in the past. Dunton Hotsprings is right at the very top of all our experiences. The quality of the setting, accommodations, people, food, and activities were all beyond reproach. We simply had one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives with memories that we will never forget, if you are even considering an outdoor luxury getaway, I urge everyone to seriously consider this hidden gem. Amazing all around.
Booked 4 mos. in advance. Wanted fly fishing as our activity. Arrived and told fly fishing was not available. Gave us a 2 hour limited window to use of the hot springs (blamed on a corporate event). We kept a positive attitude, had a great lunch, fished on our own, used the springs 30 mins and looked forward to a great dinner. Good appetizer to start. Requested red wine and was informed we had to wait until beef was served (went to tent to get my own). Dinner was inedible. All six of us couldn't cut or chew the meat set in front of us. We asked to speak to chef and he wouldn't come out. They sent out some pan fried fish. Delivered the coffee and we thought we were being poisoned (they left all the de-scaler in the pot). Sadly, no effort was made by the staff either in the form of an apology or restitution.