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
If you're even slightly considering going to Dunton Hot Springs, stop considering, and book your trip now. To quote my wife "this was hands-down the best trip I've ever been on."
I booked this trip for a a weekend getaway to have some alone time away from the kids. I thought it looked fun and would be a low stress, cozy place to hang out. What I didn't know was that it would be such an incredible trip that it will leave a lasting impression on our lives.
There is no superlative that can describe how amazing this place is, and how wonderful our trip was. The staff, the food, the activities, the cabins, the hot springs, the setting, the everything are so far above and beyond what I ever could have expected. Even the other guests were a joy to be around - and that's probably due in large part to how incredible this place is.
They have something for everyone. If you want to be active, you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice climb, fat bike, ice skate, or whatever else you can dream up. If you want to relax, you'll have one of the most beautiful vista's I've ever seen; you'll have a library to read in; you'll have a hot springs to soak in; you'll have massages to relax to. If you want to socialize, you'll have an exceedingly wonderful and genuine staff to talk to, and a new set of guests to speak to on a daily basis.
I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this - it was amazing. Stop thinking about it, and book your trip now.
Dunton Hotspring ia like no place I have ever been. From the second you check in, you are a part of the family. I can't imagine a better place to for a romantic getaway. Although everything was amazing, the prices are a bit higher than preferred. The high cost will make it difficult to return anytime soon.
Dunton Hot Springs is an amazing resort nestled deep in the mountains near Dolores, CO. The staff members are friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and made our group feel like family! The food at Dunton is incredible and is sourced mostly from local farmers. There are numerous activities available during the winter to enjoy like snow shoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, ice climbing, heli-skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, yoga, massages, etc. If relaxing is on your agenda, there is a wonderful, cozy library or you can soak in the hot springs. I highly recommend Dunton Hot Springs!
First of all, we only visited for a few hours mid-day, so my comments are not at all related to the accommodations, which appear nice from other photos.
We travelled for two hours with two other couples and our guide via snowmobile from near Telluride, with the schedule being a soak in the hot spring water and then a gourmet lunch before heading back on a 2-hour return trek cross-country.
The staff was friendly, and the welcoming hot chocolate the best. However, the “bath house” left much to be desired. Other than a small one-holer restroom, there was no place for the six of us to change to swim suits and back again. No locker area, no separate changing area for men/women, no where to hang your stuff.
But the turnoff, at least to me, was the water. Sorry, but immersing myself in rusty-looking water that you can’t see anything thru is just not inviting. Yes, it’s natural, hot, spring water, all that, but it just looked nasty.
So, with the combination of those two negatives, I skipped entirely one primary reason I was going there. No warming soak for me.
Lunch? It was good, but not what I’d call gourmet.
The cost for our day was pricey, including guide and snowmobile. Not a small figure, and I’m sure a part of that goes to Dunton for lunch and my soak that didn’t happen. I’ll skip Dunton and just take a half-day snowmobile ride next time.
a wonderful, relaxing, magical hideaway. A visit here can be anything you want it to be. Manager Sarah and her staff do a wonderful job at making your visit all you want it to be whether relaxing and cozy, active or both. Its a wonderful wellness destination. If you're a foodie you will greatly appreciate the care that goes into each meal and the wine pairings are wonderful and a great educational experience.