Dunton Hot Springs

A cabin at Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado, USA
A cabin at Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado, USA

Finding your way to this superbly preserved 18th-century ghost town-cum-hotel might be a challenge but leaving the rustic charms of Dunton Hot Springs might prove even more difficult.

By JAY KAY
Highlights
Features
Location
  • Outside your cabin you’ll find an amazingly preserved 19th-century mining town hidden in a valley of the San Juan Mountains. Prepare to have your breath taken away by the moodiness of this dramatic mountainous landscape.

    Inside you’ll discover a rustic interior of wood, animal skins, natural fabrics, and fantastic bathrooms featuring wooden or copper tubs. Open fireplaces are a common place as are incredible views from every window.

    Within an easy walking distance of the cabins, there are 6 hot natural springs that range from 85°F to 106°F. You can enjoy them under the stars at the source or inside the 19th-century Bathhouse.

    Good to Know

    Dunton Hot Springs offers 12 cabin and 1 all season ensuite tent but 4 miles downriver you’ll find a new established village of 8 luxury ensuite tents that benefit from close proximity to the Dolores River and a a restored 19th-century farm house with a dining room, guest salon, and a wraparound deck.

    Despite its historic appearances, Dunton Hot Springs is a resort and as such it provides all the luxury and entertainment you would expect of a country escape.

  • Accommodation

    12 cabins – accommodation for couples, small families, and groups of up to 10 people.

    9 tents – Christy’s Tent (an all season ensuite canvas tent) is located at Dunton Springs, the 8 remaining luxury ensuite tents are situated at Cresto Ranch (4 miles downriver from Dunton Springs) and they form a village of their own, complete with a restored 19th-century farm house that contains a dining room, guest salon, and a wraparound deck.

    Top rooms – hard to pick a favourite but the Well House has a private hot spring, cold plunge and wooden bath tub.

    Prices start from $1,300 a night including all meals and drinks (except for the Reserve list) but excluding taxes and service charges.

    Eat & Drink

    Created out of own produce and foraged ingredients, dining at Dunton Spring is a sociable pleasure around one big table. Meals are served in the old Saloon at the sound of crackling fire.

    Also at the Saloon you can pick your way through the extensive drinks, featuring wine, cocktails and fine spirits. These can be enjoyed pretty much anywhere.

    Activities

    Any country pursuit you’d expect of American wilderness is avilable at Dunton – hiking, riding, fishing, climbing, rafting, and more. In winter the list extends to include skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, snow-mobiling and so on.
    Those looking for something less adventure can pop over to West Fork Gym or join a Yoga/Pilates class.

    Relaxation

    Relaxation is taken seriously at Dunton and you can expect a range of holistic and therapeutic healing. Using only natural treatments, The Spa has everything in its power to help you unwind and rejuvenate.

    Essentials

    Parking – onsite.

    Wifi – free throughout with the best signal in public areas.

    Room service – None.

    Children – welcome with assistance provided.

    Pets – welcome at a charge.

  • Dunton Hot Springs
    52068 West Fork Road #38
    Dolores, CO 81323

Updated: 11 February 2014