Dunton Hot Springs
Once an 1800s mining town turned ghost town, this homestead, tucked deep into the Colorado mountains between Durango and Telluride, has since been reinvented as a rustic-luxe retreat. A mecca for fly fishing and horseback riding, Dunton offers six ways for guests to enjoy the area’s main attraction—the natural hot springs—including one cabin with its own private hot spring and cold plunge. Wood-burning stoves, heated floors, a bar bearing Butch Cassidy’s carved signature, seasonal menus, and rain showers elevate the 13 luxury cabins well above their humble beginnings.
In the Spring, Summer, and Fall, visitors are invited to enjoy the property’s varied network of trails by foot or on one of Dunton’s gentle horses. Although there is no shortage of trails within the boundaries of Dunton Hot Springs, for true mountaineers, guides can be provided to lead summit or rock climbing expeditions on the 14,000 foot peaks of the surrounding San Juan range, part of the Rocky Mountains. If fly fishing the shallow rivers is more your calling, Dunton visitors enjoy world class conditions on the property’s exclusive nine-mile stretch of the West Fork of the Delores.
Despite, or perhaps because of the notoriously heavy snowfalls of the region, Dunton comes to life in the Winter. Heli-skiing, back-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and ice climbing are all possible (with guides). As are more leisurely activities such as cross-country skiing on the groomed trails, ice skating, and snow-shoeing (without guides).