Dunton Hot Springs
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The resort’s infrastructure and amenities are largely hidden from view; from the outside you’d never suspect that within these unassuming rustic buildings are twelve elegant, contemporary hotel rooms. The town’s old Pony Express stop hides the massage and yoga facilities, and the bar and dining room are behind the walls of the old saloon.
As for the hot springs, there’s a bath house holding a communal pool, and a second spring hidden within a teepee. The spa offers everything from massage and mud baths to reflexology and yoga, and some of the guest cabins have their own private baths fed by the geothermal springs.
All this pampering need not prevent anyone from exercising their inner mountain man or woman; here at the foot of the snow-capped San Juan mountains, surrounded by two national forests, just about any outdoor activity is possible — hiking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, and in the winter, skiing, snowshoeing, even heli-ski excursions, all ending with a dip in the thermal baths.
If the price seems high, know that it includes quite a lot more than a place to lay your head. Meals are part of the package, made from locally grown organic ingredients, served at a long communal table in the old saloon. And drinks are as well, including wine and spirits. You can borrow everything from a DVD to watch in the screening room to mountain bikes and ice skates and cross country skis, and if you work up a sweat, there’s complimentary laundry service, too.
All in all, it’s almost too good to be true, the kind of place you’ll go home raving about — and if you’re in a sharing mood, when you return, you can book the whole town for yourself and thirty-five of your closest friends.
Please note: Dunton Hot Springs is a small property with only 13 rooms. Book early as rooms sell out quick.
How to get there:
Dunton Hot Springs is a short drive from several area airports. Durango Airport (2 hours), Telluride Airport (2 hours in winter/1 hour in summer), and Cortez Airport (1 hour). If you decide to drive, please be aware that the last 9 miles of the road to Dunton are unpaved.
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Amenities & Services
- Free wi-fi
- Free parking
- Spa treatments (on request)
- Steam rooms
- 100% non-smoking hotel
- Wood burning fireplace
- Pet Friendly
- Pets allowed (charges apply)
- Wine tours nearby
Need to Know
- 50% deposit required at time of booking.
Credit cards accepted