Dunton River Camp
What We Love
- All meals and beverages are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Locally produced organic food and world-class wines to match (the resort shares a chef with Dunton Hot Springs)
- The option to enjoy three nearby hot springs, based on availability
- Guests have access to a riverside sauna, firepit and a spa tent for treatments
What To Know
- The resort is open in the summer only (technically, May through October)
- Non-guided activities are included; the ones that aren't can be pricey
- No cell phone coverage, but free WiFi and land-line calls (local and long distance)
- Each tent comes outfitted with two mountain bikes for guests to use during their stay
- Free WiFi
The idea of eight canvas tents set up in a remote alpine clearing known as Dunton River Camp sounds rustic indeed—until you actually sleep in one. These spacious, luxe African safari-inspired structures are outfitted with king-size beds, six-foot soaking tubs, handsome teak furnishings, striped alpaca throws and other thoughtful decor elements that fuse the rugged with the refined. Each tent has a gas stove for the ultimate in coziness, while private decks offer spectacular views of Wilson Peak or the Dolores River. (Bathrooms, it’s worth noting, are en suite.) Spend the day a number of ways, from mountain hiking and biking to fly fishing and horseback riding. Or, head over to the resort’s sister property, Dunton Hot Springs, a meticulously restored 19th-century ghost town, to luxuriate in the natural hot springs, get a massage at the spa, hang out in the saloon, go to the gym or grab a yoga class in a converted pony express. All freshly prepared gourmet meals (and drinks) are included in the nightly rate and are enjoyed at a communal table (or in the privacy of your tented suite with prior arrangement).
In the Area
Set in a remote valley in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, the resort caters to active travelers by organizing outings with expert guides. Summer is the perfect time for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding through Anasazi ruins in the painted sand canyons. More options: Enjoying a tour and lunch at Sutcliffe Vineyards or fly-fishing on the West Fork of the Dolores River. Dunton also offers photography or fine art classes.
How to Get There
Wow...what an amazing place this is. We decided to take part of their all day lunch and were totally amazed by the delicious food and service. They took care of everything. We spent the whole day in their Farmhouse. Great place and worth the visit. Next time we are going to spend a night.
Very remote but great accommodations. King size beds, tiled bathrooms with a deep soaking tub in a large tent?? This is the only way to camp! Go to sleep to the sound of the river flowing past the tents.
Joelle took great care to meet our every need. The food was incredible thanks to Carlos and Patrick. Highly recommended!
Dunton River Camp is the best kind of Glamping. Camping in luxurious tents that will blow your mind. There is a king size bed, sofa, gas stove... even wifi. The bathroom is better then some hotels I've stayed in with dual sinks and a great bath /shower. There is a wonderful porch outside your tent to view the spectacular scenery or just sit and read a book. There is hiking, biking (free), horseback riding and fly fishing lessons (at a price). All the food and drink (are included) is at the main house not far from the tents. We thought the food was very good but not what we expected otherwise I would have given it a 5. The best part was all the great people we met during our stay. Eating is family style so all the visitors had lots of time to get to know each other. Also, after dinner we all went out to the fire pit to sit around and have smores and after dinner drinks.
My partner had been wanting to go Colorado and I received an email from Outside Magazine about this place…"Glamping" sounds intriguing so we booked our quick getaway to Cresto Ranch for two night of "Glamping" and then to Dunton Hot Springs with a cabin..
The Tents were wonderful next to a river with all the basic comforts of home and more, We had our meals at the lodge perhaps a few hundred steps away. No complaints about the food and service and what made it a special delight was meeting other adventurous Glampers.
Listening to the river was wonderful… one needs to know how to work the push button wood stove which warmed up the tent in the late evening and early cooler mornings. All in all it was all one could ask for in a "Glamping" experience. I have to agree with the other reviews that the price is a bit steep for the value.
There were more challenges for us at the Dunton Hot springs, an adjustment after our cozy tent, the only cabin left was the Potter house, which was further away from the lodge where everyone shared in meals. The cabin needs serious updating but the location and beauty was outstanding. We shared our challenges with the manager and he gave us a small discount for our stay which helped to swallow the overpriced stay. The springs were wonderful and healing. Again the food and service was great and meeting other people in this setting was a plus.
We went away feeing peaceful after being in nature… the best medicine.
I truly cannot believe it! I was able to stay at Dunton Hot Springs last year and it was amazing (you may be able to find my review on tripadvisor), and i knew I wanted to come back for some more R&R. When I called and spke to Sheri (who is still great by the way) we were talking about the different cabin options as I wanted to try a different one, and she suggested I try Dunton River Camp. I remember hearing about it when I was last up there, and i thought it was an intriguing option. After discussing with her further I decided to go for it. I am not necessarily the camping kind of person...if you know what I mean... but my oh my...the tents are AMAZING!
It is not far from Dunton...i think about 3 or 4 miles, but it feels like you are out in the wilderness with tents nestled in the trees, and all you hear is the noise of the river...or birds chirping. Cant get better than that, can you? Well you can if the "tent" has a king sized bed, full bathroom with toilet, double vanity, HUGE tub/shower with lots of hot water and toweel warmers...oh, and internet, phones and a gas stove in the room. I have had the fortune to stay in some nice hotel rooms, and have to say this is as good as many of the best.
the setting is great, the staff is great (same staff as Dunton Hot Springs, as I recognized some friendly familiar faces) and same great food.
I was there for three nights and had plenty to do. Each tent has 2 mountain bikes, so we went exploring up the trails (some are pretty extreme, so the road was perfect for me). We had massages, went on a few big hikes and then soaked in the most amazing sauna by the river. I had never seen anything like that.
Food was served communally in the main farmhouse and was excellent, and like at Dunton Hot Springs we met some great guests from all over....one couple from NY, one from Germany and another family from LA doing a Western Road Trip. The place is small, only 8 tents I think...so even when its full you are looking at 16 people.
It honestly is hard for me to fault this. I was a little sceptical and scared of coming here and wish I had access to the hot springs every minute of every day, but I really didnt miss that at all. I kind of liked having my own little oasis in my tent and surroundings...and the sauna made up for it anyway.
I saw a comment about the price. Yes, it is pricey, but keeping in mind what you get for it and where you are (that is the most amazing forest setting in an amazing "tent"), I would say it is worth every penny and then some.
Justin, Sheri, Jito, Chloe, Eric and the Manager Ramon were very accomodating and a pleasure to be around.
Cant wait to come back again...I am thinking thanksgiving...we'll see