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Dunton River Camp at Cresto Ranch

Colorado, near Telluride

Nestled in the stunning San Juan Mountains of the famous Colorado Rockies, Dunton River Camp at Cresto Ranch offers guests an authentic Colorado glamping experience in a majestic alpine setting.

At a Glance

  • Luxury safari tents open in the balmy summer months

  • Wake up to the sound of the nearby rushing Dolores River

  • Enjoy wraparound decks highlighting spectacular views of San Juan Mountains

  • Incredible locally sourced food and exclusive vineyard

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

Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Family, Fishing

Insider's View

The most luxurious tents you'll ever sleep in... En-suite bathrooms even have heated towel rails!

Camilla Swift

Insider's View

Take a picnic basket, prepared by the River Camp chefs, and enjoy a picnic lunch al fresco in the nearby meadows surrounded by beautiful aspens and wild flowers.

Camilla Swift

Insider's View

The area is home to lots of marmots! Keep still enough and you'll get some great snaps of these cheeky creatures!

Camilla Swift

Insider's View

Although none of the tents connect together, the Mountain view tents are closest together so best for families

Anna Bleasdale

Insider's View

The sauna at the River Camp is a cute little barrel style cabin right on the edge of the river

Anna Bleasdale

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Dunton River Camp at Cresto Ranch


Dunton River Ranch, built around the original restored 19th century Farm House at the neighboring homestead, includes a main lodge, guest salon and wraparound deck with spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains. Located on the banks of the Dolores River, Dunton River Camp offers eight beautifully furnished safari style tents complete with a gas stove, spacious and luxurious en-suite bathroom, a private lounging porch and are equipped with their own mountain bikes for exploring 1,600 miles of back country trails.

This luxury glamping experience is perfect for active honeymooners seeking a restful secluded spot, or in the height of summer for families with older children who would enjoy nights under canvas in luxury. A stay at Dunton River Camp is full of excitement, and is sure to tap into your inner adventurer while also providing the ideal spot to really relax and get away from it all.

Days at the ranch are spent horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, doing yoga and pilates and recovering in the spa tent. The chefs will be delighted to cater to the more adventurous hoping to enjoy a picnic for fishing trips and hikes in the glorious and majestic San Juan Mountains. By night, indulge in a fantastic dinner creatively constructed by award-winning chefs, and relax with fantastic company among new and old friends.

The wilderness in this part of the world is truly fascinating, and those who come here get lost in the pure tranquillity of the surroundings. You'll leave feeling very much refreshed, although we can't promise you will ever want to leave!


The eight Cresto tents are the height of camping luxury with king-size beds made up with glam-rustic linens, en-suite bathrooms, cosy stoves and sumptuous furnishings. Each of the tents comes a view of either 14,000 foot Wilson Mountain Peak or the rushing Dolores River.

Cresto Tent


There is a lot to do here at Dunton River Camp 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. They can arrange nature walks, and games throughout the town and customize the experience for each and every family.


All dining takes place in the restored Farm House or out on the deck overlooking the river. The chefs use local and regional ingredients, (from their own farm and vineyard) to create a bespoke and seasonal menu each day. The dining style itself is incredibly friendly and casual and the evening dinner is the pinnacle and culmination of a day of excitement and relaxation. Among friends, guests share the stories of the day, and the delightful company, amazing food and fine wines come together to enrich the evening.

Of course, breakfast and a three-course lunch are also provided daily in the Farm House. Picnics are provided for those wishing to explore the area whether it be on a hike or out to visit Mesa Verde unaccompanied, and any special requests are welcomed.


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 River Camp at Cresto Ranch range from easy to heart-pounding in a pristine alpine valley setting. Mountain bike the 1600 acres of wilderness, hike the high trails alone or with a guide, horseback ride from the Dunton corral and afterwards, take a soak in the fantastic oversized bath tubs in your accommodation.

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.

New hiking and biking trails have been marked ready for Spring, meaning there's even more adventure to be had! There is also a brand new recreation tent opening at the River Camp in Spring 2016, which is bound to be a hit with children visiting Dunton River Camp.

Location & Directions

Colorado, near Telluride

On West Fork Road in Dolores, Colorado Dunton Camp at Cresto Ranch 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

Dunton River Camp is open June 1 - October 31, with its sister property Dunton Hot Springs being open year round. 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. The rest of August through September tends to be dry.

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