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Set in a striking alpine valley deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, lies the beautifully restored 'ghost town' of Dunton Hot Springs. Comprised of a number of hand-crafted log cabins built around the central Saloon and Dance Hall, this exclusive resort is a luxurious and cosy retreat.
The hand-hewn log cabins have a rustic charm, with some built by the original mining communities. All rooms have king or queen beds, separate bathrooms, and are decorated with antiques and artefacts, while some boast separate living areas and wood burning stoves. This secluded old mining town is a sanctuary free of cell phones, but still with wireless internet access in every cabin. All of the cabins have magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, picturesque meadows, or tumbling waterfalls nearby. The Well House is the only cabin built around a hot springs, while some accommodations are built over two floors, have loft rooms, or have spacious decking areas overlooking the river.
Dining at Dunton Hot Springs is a sociable experience, and guests are invited to sit and eat at a long, antique table in the centre of the Saloon, although private dining options are also available. The hub of the old Saloon is its open kitchen, where visitors can watch and even help the Chef, as he prepares the days meals. Using local ingredients, some of which are from the resort's own farm and vineyard, the chef creates a new menu each day, making dining at Dunton a fresh and exciting experience. During late summer, guests can help to gather wild mushrooms from the surrounding mountains, and in warm weather, the staff at Dunton Hot Springs will assemble a refreshing picnic for visitors to take with them on their day trips.
Built in such a stunning location, there is always exploring to be done whilst staying at Dunton Hot Springs, and the resort offers high mountain horse rides, hiking and mountain biking trails, and rock climbing trips in the surrounding San Juan peaks. For the adventurous, there are rafting activities on the Animas and Dolores Rivers, or even the opportunity to summit the 14,000ft peaks, accompanied by expert guides. For a more relaxing day, go on an Archaeological Desert Tour, experience the world-class fishing on the West Fork of the Dolores, or simply enjoy the natural treatments on offer at Dunton's spa.
Known for its Hot Springs, the waters surrounding the resort have a high mineral content, making them beneficial for therapeutic uses. The Hot Springs can be enjoyed in a range of ways, such as inside the restored 19th century Bathhouse, under the stars at the source of the springs, in outdoor pools, or even on the river in Christoph's spring.
Why we love it
Beginning as a mining camp and later becoming a cattle ranch, before being bought by the current owners in 1994 and transformed into the present day Dunton Hot Springs, Dunton has never lost its unique character and historic charm.
Alexandra, Original Traveller