Dunton Hot Spring, Colorado
Continuing our hunt for some alternative travelling, we came across the absolutely stunning Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado and fell in love. Just across the mountain from Telluride, the exclusive resort is a romantic ghost town set in an extraordinary alpine valley.
Dunton Hot Springs is nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies. The perfectly restored ghost town thrives on contradictions; hand-hewn log cabins exquisitely furnished, a life-worn saloon serving food of startling quality, lung torturing trails followed by pampering massages and sensuous hot springs beneath shimmering snow banks.
Throughout the plot, you’ll find sturdy, hand-hewn and authentic cabins which contain a world of whimsy and elegance. They’re all built in a circle around the resort’s very own Saloon and Dance Hall, and all lie just steps from the uniquely majestic bath house. At the other end of town is an open air chapel and tumbling waterfall.
All of Dunton’s authentically restored log cabins are full of details, from the furniture to the carefully chosen artefacts. All cabins are hand-built and, in some cases, by the original miners themselves. Lovingly restored, each possesses a distinct character of its own, but while they all differ, each cabin does share breath-taking views of the mountains and the surrounding meadows.
Even though you might want to switch off your phone, this old mining town still provides high speed wireless internet to every cabin and video conferencing, should you need it, in the dance hall where you’ll have the background sound of a comforting waterfall.
Being so close to the Rockies, you’ll also have plenty to do if you fancy leaving the comfort of your snug abode and have had enough relaxation at Dunton’s spa. Dunton Hot Springs has their own gentle, rugged horses for high mountain rides, as well as world class fly fishing on an exclusive nine-mile stretch of the West Fork of the Dolores. The site is also perfect hiking and mountain bike trails too. Dunton can also provide expert guides to help Joes summit the 14,000ft peaks or take you rock climbing in the surrounding San Juan peaks.
Food is covered too with resident chefs drawing on classical training to create a new menu every day using local and regional ingredients, some from the on-site farm and vineyard. All guests eat at a long, antique table in the centre of the Saloon – a tradition from the big cattle outlaws that they choose to maintain. You can dine separately if you prefer, however.
Dunton Hot Springs offers a variety of day and overnight packages, and the entire town or ranch can even be rented exclusively for corporate retreats and weddings. While that sounds like a dreamland, you might want to take into account that a single cabin will set you back at around £900 a night, depending on the package.
Not cheap but for what looks like a truly unique experience, we think you should get on that bucking bronco and take a look at the Dunton Hot Springs Website!