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.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Susan Joy Paul