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Dunton Hot Springs

Dolores, Colorado

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Dunton Hot Springs

Just across the mountain from Colorado's better-known mountain destination Telluride, this tranquil resort is composed of private log cabins and natural hot springs—and offers easy access to miles of wildflower-strewn trails that are perfect for hiking and biking.

The Scoop

At first glance, the abandoned shell of an 1800s mining town nestled deep in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies seems less like a travel destination than a page out of history. But the buildings have recently been lovingly restored into a rustic-luxe retreat that delivers more than access to the region's famous hot springs. Luxurious rough-hewn cabins with mountain views are set deep within the wilderness, while outdoor activities such as horseback riding and fly-fishing keep guests returning to the homespun American West year after year. Diners will love the ever-changing seasonal menu, always based on what's fresh at the farmers' market; hearty meals may include smoked boar tenderloin served with a tomato chutney and sweet corn purée. But the main draw here is the wonder of the natural hot springs, and the property offers six different ways to take a dip—from a seat at the restored 19th-century bathhouse to a place under the stars at the original water source.

Insider Tips

Kick back on the deck of the property's bar, set in the original saloon that dates back to 1800. Sip a Tennessee whiskey or a mojito made with fresh mint grown right at the property, while gazing out at the vast mountain range in the distance. (All drinks are included in the room rate.)

Be sure to book a Summer Sun Hydrating Wrap at the resort's spa: gentle body-brushing is followed by a lavender and aloe rub and a light rose oil massage ($185 for 75 minutes).

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), which is approximately 30 miles (1 hour 15 minutes) from the hotel.

52068 County Road 38, Dolores, Colorado, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • Billiards Table
  • Library
  • Fitness Center
  • Wireless Internet
  • Chapel
In-Room Amenities
  • Unique Design
  • Wood-Burning Stoves
  • Fireplaces
  • En-Suite Bathrooms
Dining & Nightlife
  • Dining Room
  • Bar
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Rates Include:
  • 2-adult + 1-infant occupancy in Major Ross
  • 2-person occupancy (up to 2 additional children are permitted for $200/night per child aged 3-11) in New House
  • 4-person occupancy (up to 2 additional children are permitted for $200/night per child aged 3-11) in Vertical Log
  • 6-person occupancy in Tipping
  • All meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • All beverages (alcohol & non-alcohol) with exception of Reserve List
  • Use of Hot Springs
  • Non-guided activities (hiking, snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, etc.)
  • Use of screening room in Dance Hall with selection of over 800 DVDs
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Don't Miss

Wild West: San Juan National Forest. Hike, fish, or ski some of the nearly two million acres of high desert mesas and canyons and alpine peaks and meadows at the San Juan National Forest, about 45 minutes from Dunton Hot Springs. Free admission. 970/247-4874.

History Tour: Anasazi Heritage Center. Visit this museum with more than three million artifacts and records from the local native tribe. The museum is the setting of two 12th-century archaeological sites, as well as a picnic area and a half-mile nature trail for exploring. $3 admission for adults, free for children. Read More

Top Day Trip: Arches National Park. It's worth the two-hour drive across state lines to Utah's Arches National Park to see more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. In some areas of the park, fault lines have exposed millions of years of geological history. $10 entrance fee per vehicle. Read More

Driving Tour: San Juan Skyway. Take a spin on the San Juan Skyway, a 233-mile loop that offers views of the towering 14,000-foot San Juan Mountains, as well as rolling hills dotted with ancient ruins. Free admission. Read More
Dunton Hot Springs—wilderness at its <i>finest</i>.

Dunton Hot Springs—wilderness at its finest.

Why Go Now

July 3, 2012
Independence Day Fireworks
Ground Hog Lake

August 16-18, 2012
Telluride Mushroom Fest
Telluride Institute and various locations in downtown Telluride

September 14-16, 2012
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
Telluride Town Park.

Dunton Hot Springs

Dolores, Colorado

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