Dunton Winter and Christmas Escape

Dunton Hot Springs

Colorado, near Telluride

Dunton Hot Springs is an exclusive retreat set in a restored old mining town high in the Colorado Rockies, it's the place to fish sparkling rivers, hit the high trails and simply disconnect amid some of the most sublime scenery on earth.

At a Glance

  • Magically romantic setting redolent of the Old West

  • Authentic Western hospitality where anything is possible

  • Incredible locally sourced food and exclusive vineyard

  • Summer adventures include fly-fishing, biking, horse riding and Mesa Verde national park

  • Backcountry, heli-ski or ski in nearby Telluride from Dec to mid-April

Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Family, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

Relax in the Bath House and enjoy the natural hot springs, before treating yourself to a massage at the Pony Express.

Camilla Swift

Insider's View

Dunton is a really special and indulgent place with spectacular food and wine. The resort attracts a really interesting crowd, and the communal dinners and drinks in the Saloon are great fun.

Maudie Tomlinson

Insider's View

Spot Butch Cassidy's name engraved into the bar in the old saloon - Legend has it he strode in following a hard ride from his first bank robbery in Telluride and carved his name into the bar!

Camilla Swift

Insider's View

The Wellhouse cabin, with its own private indoor hot springs tub, is my top pick for honeymooners.

Camilla Swift

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Dunton Hot Springs is one of those rare places that inspire feelings of utter bliss. Located in the San Juan Mountains an hour from Telluride, the lodge occupies a twelve hand-hewn log cabins that originally made up this nineteenth-century silver miners town, exquisitely furnished inside.

A stay at Dunton Hot Springs is full of possibility and adventure. By day, you can follow spectacular hiking and mountain biking trails in the High Rockies, climb 14,000-feet peaks, jump into the saddle of sturdy horse to tackle high wilderness trails, enjoy world-class fly fishing on an exclusive nine-mile stretch of river, go kayaking and river rafting, explore the desert and Mesa Verdes national parks incredible Navajo archaeological sites, and even travel through the Valley of the Gods to the lodge’s own exclusive Sutcliffe vineyard, the list goes on, all with expert guides. In the winter, go helicopter skiing in a silent world of billowing powder, dog-sledding, ice-climbing and snowmobiling.

Or take an inner journey, learning photography, perhaps a painting class, enjoying a spa experience you simply will not find anywhere else, or soaking for hours in the natural hot springs. The library is a beautiful space in which to catch up on your reading with a glass of warming whisky or leaf through the resort's excellent collection.

Meals follow the tradition of the big cattle outlaws, all sitting together at a long antique table in the Saloon, the heart and soul of Dunton Hot Springs. Guests can also dine in their cabins, or on the private decks al fresco. Nothing is too much trouble. The original fixtures of the Saloon are fantastic – there is an antique cash register, a cosy wood-burning fire and you can even make out carved into the bar the names of Butch Cassidy and Sundance. Enjoy the freshest of organic local produce - succulent mountain lamb and river trout, ceps and chanterelles from the woods, and fruit and vegetables from the farm and vineyard, all served with great wines to match. You can even watch and help the chef prepare. It’s a great place to swap stories.

At night, head back to your cabin and sit out in a rocking chair on your private porch and admire the stars and the darkly silhouetted Rockies before retiring. The cabins are pure western romance. Classic wood furniture, rustic rugs and paintings are complemented by contemporary photography. Smaller cabins are ideally suited to honeymooners, while the larger cabins have three bedrooms, perfect for families.


All of the thirteen cabins are hand-hewn and authentic, the cabins contain a world of whimsy and elegance. Lovingly restored, each possesses a distinct character. We can recommend the most suitable cabin, whether it be for a romantic honeymoon or family get-away. The town is built in a circle around the Saloon and Dance Hall, just steps from the wonderful bath house with its mountain hot spring. At the other end of town is an open air chapel and tumbling waterfall.

Well House

Built around an on-demand hot spring, it also includes a cold plunge and wood burning stove.

Vertical Log Cabin

Next to the waterfall, this is a unique cabin which is constructed out of big vertical cottonwood timbers. It also house a number of antiques.

Christy's Tent

This is a fascinating all-season tent constructed from cotton canvas and reclaimed materials from the 1830's. It includes a gas stove and large en-suite bathroom with amazing views of the mountains.

Major Ross Cabin

One of the original Dunton cabins, the Major Ross was built in the mid 1800s and is extremely close to the source of the hot springs while also being just steps away from the Saloon.

Bjoerkmans Cabin

This is one of the oldest cabins at Dunton and names after the miner that originally built it.


Another original from the 1800s, Dolores is designed as a romantic retreat including a Queen Rajasthan wedding bed and a large deck that looks over the stunning river.

Tipping Cabin

Perfect for a family, it has three bedrooms and has been moved to Dunton from Parachute, another mining town.

Dunton Store Cabin

As the name suggests this was originally the General Store and includes its own private soaking pool. This cabin is a tribute to the American west and is filled with unique and fascinating film memorabilia.

New House Cabin

Situated right in the heart of the town, New House Cabin offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Forge Cabin

As the name suggests this is part of the old forge and is situated right by the Saloon.

Geysir Cabin

This intimate cabin is filled with African artifacts, given as a gift, along with the cabin itself, by the original owners.

Echo Cabin

This cosy cabin includes an indoor shower as well as a discrete outdoors shower for those wishing to get closer to nature.

Potter House

This is most certainly a house rather than cabin. Formerly a previous residence of the owner this comfortable house sleeps up to 10 and has 2 trout ponds just by it.

As the name suggests this is part of the old forge and is situated right by the Saloon.

This intimate cabin is filled with African artifacts, given as a gift, along with the cabin itself, by the original owners.

Situated right in the heart of the town, New House Cabin offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Perfect for a family, it has three bedrooms and has been moved to Dunton from Parachute, another mining town.


There is a lot to do here at Dunton for all ages. Its mountain location means children can literally run around freely. There are different lawn games setup outside during the summer, and board games inside. Dunton can arrange nature walks, and games throughout the town and customize the experience for each and every family.


All dining takes place in the Saloon at one large antique table, synonymous with the old West. The team, headed up by renowned chef Carrie Eagle produces fresh, hearty food while the dining style itself is incredibly friendly and casual. Picnics are provided for those wishing to explore the area whether it be on a hike or out to visit Mesa Verde unaccompanied, while any special requests are welcomed.

The spa which is built in the former Pony Express cabin specializes in all natural treatments which, combined with its stunning setting, is the ideal way to relax before or after a hard day of exploring.


From world-class fly fishing on an exclusive nine-mile stretch of the West Fork of the Dolores to supervised treks to summit the 14,000-ft San Juan Mountain peaks, activities at Dunton Hot Springs & Cresto Ranch range from easy to heart-pounding in a pristine alpine valley setting. Mountain bike, hike the high trails alone or with a guide, horseback ride from the Dunton corral and afterwards, take a soak in the hot springs. Outside of the property, Mesa Verde National Park sits just 1.5 hours away with its fascinating ancient Indian archaeological sites, go Via Ferrata climbing in Telluride Valley or rock climbing. For wine enthusiasts, there's nothing better than hiking the Sand Canyon Trail in the Canyons of the Ancients and arriving at Suffcliffe vineyard for a private wine tasting.

In the winter, Dunton turns into a winter wonderland. Dunton's backcountry ski excursions give skiers and snowboarders of all abilities a chance to experience the ultimate wilderness delight: untracked powder. Whether a beginner or experienced backcountry fanatic, Dunton's guides will thrill guests with unspoiled San Juan powder. Heli-ski from the center of the town up to the highest elevations in the Rockies or Dunton can get you to Telluride just an hour away to hit the slopes with lift-passes in hand. For non-skiers, snowshoe, snowmobiling, ice skate and dog-sleigh with a hot chocolate in hand.


The staff at Dunton are on hand to customize each and every experience for their guests - you need just ask. During your stay all meals and beverages are included. Wifi, telephone calls (as there is no cell reception) and laundry are also included so you can get muddy out on the trails without a care in the world.

Location & Directions

Colorado, near Telluride

On West Fork Road in Dolores, Colorado Dunton Hot Springs is nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies. Dunton is located at around 9,000 ft at altitude, therefore we recommend spending a night in Denver if it is your first stop on an itinerary to acclimatise.

When to go

The Colorado mountains have an extreme continental climate with very cold winters and warm summers. Dunton is a year round destination – with June to August being its peak summer months. Colorado averages over 300 days of sunshine a year. June is however the best month weather wise with no rain expected. From the first week of July to the first week in August guests can expect short-sharp afternoon monsoon showers so activities like horseback riding are arranged for the morning.

From September onwards through to the start of November the weather is usually sunny and dry. In November, rain and then snow flurries begin. Riding, biking and fishing give way to winter sports like heli skiing, snow shoeing, dog sledging and skiing in world-renowned Telluride.

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