Dunton Hot Springs
“I went to Dunton with a group of fun, sporty friends and my boyfriend – we mixed up our time between hikes, fly-fishing, horseback riding and plenty of reading and chilling out in the property’s hot springs. Think: wild west with a BIG difference: Built on the site of an old mining town, this charming resort combines the rugged outdoors with beautifully decorated log cabins dotted around the central lodge. Romantic enough to suit a honeymoon couple cozying up in one of the rustic cabins, but also well situated for an active hiking trip in the national parks, then relaxing in the hot springs of the spa — or even with kids or a large family party: not many places can suit all groups!”
- Suzanne & Friends
(Date Experienced: October 2012)
Really getting away from it, going back to basics to some degree, all in pretty mountain scenery and unspoiled landscapes: nest!
Cosy, quiet and romantic with a partner, fo relaxation and outdoor activity, yet also well-suited to family gathering, or with your best pals! Also a good spot for an executive or small company off-site/retreat.
A 3-hour horseback ride, along snow capped mountains, evergreen forests and ice cold streams, followed by a long dip in the outdoor mineral-packed hot springs, and ending my day with a hearty and delicious dinner at the main house’s communal table, chatting and laughing with our friends. Just a really nice day.
Best time to go
Depends on what you seek: summer for long walks, horseback rides and wildlife, late fall/winter for skiing, snowshoeing and cozying up to read and ponder by the roaring fire.
Of a few things: 1) Even in summer it can get chilly at night. This really is the 'wild' west — towns and shops will not be easy to get to — but that is precisely its charm. 2) If flying private, going for 3 days is feasible; for those flying commercial, getting here & home is nearly a full day from the east & west coasts (as example). Best then to tie it into a longer itinerary. 3) Dunton is very comfortable but is not ‘luxe’ nor manicured or pristine. Not for everyone, so be aware of the group’s likes.
Each of the 12 cabins tucked into the landscape has been hand built (sometimes by the former miners of nearby Emma mine) and all are a different blend of local artifacts, rustic style with cool-chic interiors. Two cabins have TVs, and there is a movie theater on-site with satellite TV and a library of 800+ titles. Or... just sit in the rocking chair on the porch and stare spellbound at the views of the Rockies. Tip: Well House cabin has a direct link to the namesake hot springs. And Dolores cabin is right on the stream with a pretty terrace.
Service & vibe
Homey, friendly and attentive. Staff try hard, they aim to please.
You’ll stroll over to the dining room, several times a day! located in the former town saloon, for your meals. From hearty breakfasts, including the most delicious home-ade granola & warm flakey croissants, to farm fresh lunch and dinner dishes, served with wine from their vineyard, Sutcliffe Vineyards, you will look forward to every meal. Communal dining adds to the cozy camaraderie, but if you're looking for secluded romance, opt for in-cabin dining. The food is excellent, top quality ingredients made with tender-loving care. The chef will accommodate special requests (eg: some of us ordered vegetarian meals half the time so as not to go OTT on meat)
From $650 per night based on double occupancy and including all meals and house wine/drinks.
A unique venue for weddings or events - buy-out the town. For approximately $22,500 per night you can rent the whole place for 42 people to dine, party and stay the night.
To Do & See
Get yourself outdoors into the rugged wild west... In summer: fly-fishing, hiking, riding and climbing; Winter: cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, ice-climbing and skating, snowmobiling etc...
Sport & Activity
See above, plus there are two national parks nearby, so plenty of outdoorsy goodness to be had. They are also one of the few places in the US to offer dog sledding on the property.
Spa & Grooming
For some much needed TLC, head over to the charming log cabin spa and request their soothing hot-stone massage; one of the many treatments offered. Follow that with a dip in the mineral rich indoor or outdoor hot springs: Bliss! (especially after a long hike)
Not that much nearby (this is a true getaway), but the menu in the restaurant changes daily so you'll not tire...
Part of the charm of Dunton is its remoteness; and this makes it a bit of a challenge to get to, but for many it is worth the effort; you will truly feel as though you have escaped. Plan to fly into Denver and take a 'puddle jumper' to Telluride or Cortez. The hotel can advise you of the best option for your particular needs.