Far Out West - Mountain Retreat and Desert Chic
Denver, Telluride, Utah and Las Vegas
- 12 nights
An intoxicating combination of the most exclusive retreats in the West. This road trip takes you from a restored mining town in the high Colorado Rockies, through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Lands to the chic desert retreat of Amangiri near Lake Powell.
At a Glance
An incredible road trip for honeymooners or families with a sense of adventure
Year-round bar April & October; ski and snow-shoe in winter and hike, fish & ride in summer
Do as much or as little activity as you like
Explore National Parks from Mesa Verde, Monument Valley and Zion to the mighty Grand Canyon
For the ultimate splash out, ask about taking a private plane to swoop through the iconic Monument Valley
Meet our specialists
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. To start planning your vacation
Begin by flying to Denver to enjoy a night at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver, with an ideal location near Larimer Square, the city’s best restaurants, nightlife and boutique stores are within walking distance. The Mile High City is the place to unwind after a long flight, before heading for the hills for an old-fashioned Western adventure.
We suggest five nights at the remote Dunton Hot Springs, an exquisitely restored mining town in the Rocky Mountains near Telluride. With just twelve exclusive hand-hewn log cabins, its hard to find a more majestic setting. Dine outlaw-style in The Saloon, where you can swap tall tales and enjoy hand-picked locally sourced and lovingly foraged food, before heading back to your Western cabin to watch the brilliant stars before retiring. With Dunton River Camp just a mile down the track, if glamping is more your style, opt to stay there with a safari-style tent by the river.
There is spectacular hiking, fly-fishing, horse riding and mountain biking trails in the High Rockies to follow. Head further a field to explore incredible Navajo archaeological sites at Mesa Verde National Park and travel through the Valley of the Gods to the lodge’s own exclusive vineyard. In the winter, enjoy a winter wonderland heli-skiing in search of virgin powder pistes, nordic skiing, ice-skating and snow-shoeing, and whatever the season, after a day's adventure, enjoying the incredible spa or soaking for hours in the natural hot springs with a good book.
From Dunton, self-drive on scenic byways through the iconic landscapes of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Lands towards Amangiri. Alternatively you can opt to travel in style with a light aircraft flight from Dunton through to Amangiri taking in the landscapes of classic Hollywood John Ford westerns than from the air.
Stay four nights at the otherworldly desert hideaway of Amangiri in southern Utah - the adventure potential here is almost limitless. Take a private speedboat to explore the serene slot canyons on Lake Powell, hike to natural rock arches and mesa summits for panoramic views, or take to the Via Ferrata course to explore the desert. Further afield, trips can be arranged to the Northern Rim of the mighty Grand Canyon and Zion and Bryce Canyon to see some of the most iconic landscapes in the American West. Amangiri seamlessly blends into the stark desert landscape, the pool that wraps around a giant boulder is achingly cool.
And at the end of it all, you might be looking for a short-sharp antidote to all the goodness. Finish your ultimate getaway with two nights at the Mandarin Oriental - an oasis in Sin City. Boutique by Las Vegas standards, expect hushed service, an award-winning spa and attentive poolside service. No visit to Las Vegas would be complete without a glitzy Vegas show and trying your luck on the tables. If the bright lights aren't your persuasion, allow Scott Dunn to recommend a beach retreat to complete your getaway or simply allow us to whisk you straight out of Vegas feeling one-hundred percent refreshed.
Location & Directions
Denver, Telluride, Utah and Las Vegas
Arrive into Denver International; spend one night in the Mile High City of Denver; fly Denver to Telluride or Durango local airports; collect a SUV hire car and self drive to Dunton Hot Springs or Dunton River Camp; self drive from Dunton to Amangiri through iconic Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Lands; self drive from Amangiri via Zion National Park to the bright lights of La Vegas; fly home from Las Vegas.
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 that makes for a romantic winterwonderland.
Amangiri has a desert climate moderated by altitude, with cool to cold winters and warm to hot summers, and plenty of sunshine year-round. Spring and Fall enjoy mild days and cool nights whilst the summer months from June to August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter is marked by crisp days perfect for hiking and activities and cold evenings with cosy fires. Occasional light snow fall makes for stunning photography as does the mirror-like lake.