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
Such an uniquely amazing place. It truly exceeded all of our expectations. Our cozy cabin, the forge, was so comfortable. The Staff, The Food, The Adventure was amazing. We went fishing with a guide and had an epic day catching rainbows. So much fun. We were there at just the right time with the brilliant fall colors at full peak. Then it snowed two days later. Loved our adventure and can't wait to return.
Dunton is the perfect place for someone who loves the outdoors but also loves coming back to a luxurious room and excellent, Alice Waters-sequel meals. They take great care of each guest as if you are the only one there. The dining is largely commingled with other guests at a common table, which we loved, but they are also happy to set you up with an intimate or separate dining experience if you need or want to be on your own. This is the only place I’ve been where I’m perfectly happy doing nothing except look at the views and enjoy just being.
one of the best Colorado experiences anyone can have. We can't wan't to experience the property in the winter. Everyone at the resort was fantastic and they go above and beyond to make sure everyone has a one of a kind experience
Beautiful property and excellent service! Our only complaint was the number of flies inside the dining hall at breakfast and the number of wasps buzzing around the food on the deck during lunch. They totally detracted from what was otherwise a phenomenal setting and stay.
We stayed here for 3 nights for our 20th anniversary in September 2018. The camp is laid out like a restored mining town with each cabin having a unique personality and construction. It's a long way from anywhere to get here and you really feel like you're getting away into the deep mountains here. Even for those of us from Colorado, this was a lovely place to stay.As for activities: we hiked, we biked, we fished, we read, we relaxed and we ate. It was a wonderful couple of days.There is quite a bit of excellent hiking of all distances and levels in the area. There's a short 5 minute hike to a really nice waterfall and several loops and hikes right on the property. One of the afternoons, one of the staff members gave us a ride to one of the trail heads (Winter Trail) so that we could have a really enjoyable 8 mile point-to-point hike that ended back at the cabins.Mountain bikes were available to use and were of good quality and in good condition (Specialized Rock Hopper hardtails - a decent single track bike). There is several miles of river available to fly fish (no bait, no lures) but the river was very low due to drought, so fishing was a bit lackluster during our stay.Probably the high point was the food service. Simply exceptional food was offered each day at lunch and dinner. Since the weather was so nice, lunch was served on the deck of the Saloon/Dance Hall under a sun shade. Dinner was served inside with most people sitting a common table to enjoy conversation, but we opted to take several meals at more private tables. Breakfast was simpler fare, but still well done. I actually liked being able to have a simple breakfast to start the day (omelet or eggs and bacon for me). My wife has Celiac Disease and the staff went above and beyond to reassure her that the food was prepared in a safe way for her. It's a new diagnosis and she's still very nervous about it, so at each lunch and dinner the Sous Chef, Alex, would come and personally reassure her about the safety of her meal. It took a huge amount of nervousness and pressure away and really allowed her to enjoy her stay.The hot springs are nice to relax in, but not as hot as some. 102 F in the indoor pool, 101 outside and (in theory) 107 at the small 'source' spring. Nice rustic facilities to enjoy the pools and we certainly did so.I hope we can make the long drive back next year and stay a few more days