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
During September 2018, my wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary @ Dunton Hot Springs and couldn’t be more delighted with the choice to mark our special occasion on this unique property that truly defines the concept of remote rustic chic. Our accommodations in “Christy’s Tent” between the spa and well-appointed library that included a bottle of Dickel Rye Whisky for sipping during your literary pursuits, squarely met our expectations for comfort and view. Sarah Cruse, General Manger, and her team provided outstanding service during the course of our stay that included thoughtfully prepared and delicious meals, a well-stocked bar, a private teepee dinner on our anniversary night, daily room refresh and turndown service including nightly treats, massages and fly fishing on the Dolores. From the on-site hot springs to abundant hiking options, Dunton provides the guest an abundance of outdoor activities to pursue in a backdrop of beauty. From my perspective price was commensurate with the quality of experience. Thanks to team Dunton for a memorable adventure. We will return.
Words can not describe the experience you will have at Dunton Hot Springs. The beauty of this remote retreat is breath taking. The staff are outstanding and there are some excellent outdoor activities to choose from or just relax in the hot springs or next to a fire in the library or schedule a great massage with Andrea. The food is excellent and beverage selections are top shelf. We are returning next summer!
We had such a memorable experience. What really differentiates this resort from others is the warm and friendly staff (notably, Eric, Edoardo, Charlie, and Sarah). At times it felt as though we were being hosted by family. It's a feeling that could only possibly be achieved at a small and intimate property.We also loved how dog friendly the resort was. We always thought it would be a great concept to integrate pets into the hotel experience. So many individuals have animals and miss them greatly while traveling. Spending time with Eva and Toby was one of the highlights of our stay! Next time, we'll also bring our small dog, Gus. I have dietary restrictions - I'm gluten free and try to avoid dairy whenever possible. It's usually a difficult feat on vacation, however, we felt the chefs and kitchen staff truly went above and beyond to accommodate me. Most upscale restaurants or hotels will simply point out what I can and cannot have. Your chefs prepared exquisite meals based around these restrictions and yet they were still some of the best dishes we've ever had. They were creatively prepared while utilizing fresh and local ingredients. Outstanding!The entire resort is truly a gem. Our favorite areas were the bar and lounge, library, indoor hot spring, and the hiking trails woven throughout the property. The restored log cabins were charming; the scenery was equally breathtaking. We were ready to move in by the end of our stay!
We stayed here over July 4 weekend with our dog, 2 kids, and my husband and me. We had SUCH a ball. The kids were screen-free for days, playing with the loads of other kids there. Every one enjoyed the beautiful scenery -- collecting wildflowers, hiking, mountin biking, eating tons of great food, relaxing in the hot springs, and more. It is paradise. The service was superb. My only criticism is the caibins are very loud because they're 100 years old and not well insulated -- bring ear plugs!
This is a wonderful gem in the mountains. The staff are the best and the accommodations take you back in time when things were not so busy. It was a great place to relax and reflect on all the beauty surrounding this unique location. We had the best time riding horses and the visit to Sutcliffe Vineyards was such a pleasure. John was quite the host and we could have went on for hours listening to his stories. We will certainly be back and look forward to visiting at different times of the year to experience all Dunton has to offer.