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.
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
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 Located in the San Juan Mountains an hour from Telluride, the lodge occupies a twelve hand-hewn log cabins that originally made up this nineteenth-century silver miners town, exquisitely furnished inside.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.
When to visit
Relax in the Bath House and enjoy the natural hot springs, before treating yourself to a massage at the Pony Express.
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.
It is a 9-hour 30-minute flight from London to Denver. Overnight in Denver and take a 1-hour flight to Telluride or to Cortez and a 1-hour transfer. Montrose (3-hours) and Durango (2-hours) are also good options for domestic flights in and out of the area.
Cross Country Skiing
Cross-country skiing offers a great chance to venture out of the track and into the wilderness. Glide along through the spectacular San Juan Mountains with no other person around except you and your professional guide and the wildlife.
Dunton Horse Riding
Dunton boasts bold, sure-footed horses, gentle and willing on high mountain trails. Chose from an hour long trail ride through the meadows, to full-day pack rides climbing up to 11,000 feet to picnic with a 360 view of magnificent mountain peaks.
Dunton Snow-mobiling Adventure
Explore the alpine beauty of Dunton by snowmobile! Several different tours are available during the winter season, which provide guests of all snowmobiling experience levels an exciting and fun filled snowmobile adventure.
Explore Ancient Ruins at Mesa Verde National Park
Just a short 1.5 hr drive from Dunton is Mesa Verde National Park. Home to ancestral puebloans, you can explore the 'Cliff Palace' with its ladders, narrow tunnels and ascending steps. Visit the museum, take a tour of the dwellings and hike ancient trails
White water rafting
There are plenty of places in the USA to run white water, but one of the best is the upper Colorado River where you can run standing waves and whoop and holler in delight as you and your team shoot the rapids.