10 December 2007

Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado



If you are looking for a western styled, romantic getaway this winter or summer, Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado might be the answer. Dunton Hot Springs - where? Actually, it's a ghost town located deep in the Rockies Mountain Range at the "four corners" area of Colorado where Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona all meet. Once a mining town abandoned in 1918, the town has been at times a biker and hippie hangout, a dude ranch, and now, a world class resort. From the outside, everything looks just like it did back in the 1800's. Inside though, the rustic log cabins have been totally redone, updated, and remodeled with pillow top beds, down comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets, wi-fi capability(!), antiques and first rate photographs. Think Ralph Lauren meets Butch Cassidy. The resort's main attraction though, are its five hot springs. There's a bath house cabin built over the largest of the springs which the entire "town" can use. Another hot spring is located in a private guest cabin. The high mineral count of the springs make them physically therapeutic. There's a cold water plunge outside and a large waterfall which adds to romance. Of course, there are yoga classes, exercise classes, and other spa amenities, like hot stone massages. All meals are included and while the menu looks heavy on game fare, the food is all organic.

Winter sports include cross country skiing and heli-skiing where a helicopter drops you down on the slopes. There is no ski in or ski out here, so if that is what you need, this probably isn't the place for you. Telluride skiing is an hour away, though. Summer sports include fly fishing, horseback riding and hiking. The rates are high, but not unreasonable for the luxury and remoteness of the resort. The nearest town is 38 miles way, and the word "town" is stretching it. For details on this resort, click here.



The Bath House with its large hot spring and roaring fire to keep warm in the winter.



The cold water plunge.




Two guest cabins, except one is actually a teepee.




The interior of the guest teepee.




The library - isn't this wonderful? A reason to visit.




Winter at the resort.




One of the outdoor springs with it's high mineral count.




The commons area.




A guest cabin.




An interior shot of a log cabin.




Summer activity: horseback riding in the Rockies Mountains.




Another cabin interior - note the iron stove in the corner.




The Wedding Chapel for destination weddings.




I love this picture - look at the bride "walking down the aisle." The dog is the maid of honor.




Another log cabin guest house.




The restaurant.




How peaceful and inviting can you get?



Summer at Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado.

30 comments:

  1. Joni Joni Joni!!!! This is incredible! When do we leave?

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  2. I love this place . The picture with the bride is wonderful

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  3. GAWJUS!!! Thanks Joni...as always...for being so generous with your findings!! You have the BEST blog. :)

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  4. Like Peak....I want to sleep in that teepee with my horse tied up outside. What an experience, but it has to be in warm weather....and maybe with down pillows & comforter. Ekk I am such a girly girl.

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  5. What beauty! It looks like a great place for relaxing and especially for reading a good book in the library! But alas, I too think I would only like to go in the summer when all of the beautiful flowers are in bloom!

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  6. This looks amazing, Joni! Our kind of place!

    Pat

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  7. Wow! Winter and summer are equally beautiful!

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  8. Thanks for sharing. I'm always looking for a new place to visit. I too, first thought that I would love to sleep in the teepee (although the hot springs sound so relaxing in this cold weather).

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  9. Poor bear! Nice getaway though.

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  10. Great find! I'm going to bookmark this place. Maybe this should be the location for a bloggers convention?
    This, or Paris.

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  11. The sunbeam streaming into the library. That did it for me. Oh, how I'd love to be there right now. Happy Holidays!

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  12. Fabulous post and photos! What a wonderful place to visit. I love hot springs and the library looks great. I'll take an indoor guestroom With the stove as opposed to the outdoor teepee :) Need warmth.

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  13. Dear Cote De Texas - Ive jsut come over from Things that Inspire's contra - retro post - I have to laugh!! I knew you'd well, not really like the retro look!! :-). By the way - your previous post is beautiful :-)

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  14. what a wonderful place ~ i'd lvoe to visit sometime. thanks so much for all the lovely photos & info!

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  15. Nice retreat... minus the Grizzly bear rug (poor fella!). Lets hope it's not a hunting lodge, otherwise a fabulous place to visit and marvel at nature's beauty.

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  16. Gorgeous photos. This post makes me incredibly wistful for my 5 years in New Mexico. Lovely.

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  17. Joni, I'm bookmarking that! We are going to be headed to that area in late Winter on our way to Arches National Park and then coming back to Colorado. That cabin with the stove in the corner is great.

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  18. My neck of the woods and I've never even heard of it! Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks! (love the dog as the maid of honor, too)

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  19. god. this is a great find joni. i've stayed at c lazy u ranch. which is nice....but not this.

    this is a bookmarker.

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  20. WHAT'S WITH THE DEAD BEAR????!!! YUCK!!!

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  21. Blogger friends - let's all go!!! This place looks fabulous, bear skins and all, heheheh!! Thanks for your comments and support, it means the world to me.
    Joni
    TO: Lee, Sandrastyles, and Francine - who I am sure are all one person, the same who wrote me the anti-zebra skin letter = please leave me alone, ok? I could care less about whether this resort has bear skins on the floor or not. ok? Leave me alone and go bother someone else.

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  22. i still want to go. p.c. or not. it's a great find.

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  23. The bear fur doesn't appeal to me, but the surroundings are stunning.

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