In the world of Colorado hot springs, Dunton Hot Springs near Telluride is in a class of its own. Situated on a deserted 1800s mining camp in the shadow of the mighty San Miguel Range of the San Juan Mountains, twelve fully restored cabins, a dining hall, chapel, library, bathhouse, and saloon welcome visitors looking for an upscale hot spring experience. Six soaking options range from a steamy, outdoor tub at the source, to indoor and outdoor soaking pools, and a private copper tub. Gourmet meals, and wines from Dunton’s own Sutcliffe Vineyards, can be enjoyed in your cabin, shared in the communal dining hall, or packed away for a picnic lunch retreat. Call ahead for rates and reservations.
- Dunton Hot Springs is a clothing-optional site, although bathing suits are welcome.
- Telluride is just an hour’s drive from Dunton Hot Springs on CO 145, and is home to world class skiing and many festivals. Enjoy snow sports in the winter season, and if you visit Dunton in the summertime, take advantage of a film festival, balloon festival, bluegrass festival, wine festival, jazz festival, and many more!
- Extensive concierge service is available at Dunton for spa services and adventures including hiking, biking, heli-skiing, and onsite ice climbing.
- The concierge at Dunton can also arrange for a Jeep rental, so you can explore the many San Juan Mountain passes around nearby Telluride. Outfitters will give you directions and guidance to enjoy a road that’s within your abilities, so there are no special skills required to enjoy the drive.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Susan Joy Paul