Once a remote camp for cowboys, then a cattle ranch, the town of Dunton was deserted in 1918. Sitting 56 km above Cortez, Colorado, this tiny huddle of log cabins is on the Dolores River in the San Juan Mountains. It was owned by miner Joe Roscio in the 1880s, and his sons rented out the cabins and hot springs to other miners in the region.
At first glance, a visitor can be forgiven for thinking that they stepped into the past in Dunton. However, the insides of the cabins now sport every kind of luxury imaginable. Now owned by Relais & Chateaux, the properties are furnished with plush beds, Wi-Fi, and modern bathrooms, they provide all the amenities of a deluxe hotel.
The Historic Dunton Hot Springs
Guests at Dunton Hot Springs can engage in a variety of activities, from horseback riding, to fly fishing, river rafting, hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. During the winter skiing and ice climbing are popular activities. The eponymous natural hot springs lie both indoors and outdoors and are open throughout the year.
The Executive Chef Basil Yu uses local seasonal ingredients to create delicious and unique dishes for the communal dinners, though private dining is also on offer. This is part of the Relais & Chateaux property’s commitment to creating an authentic experience and showcasing the beauty of the surrounding environment. It is an opportunity for visitors to unplug and step into nature.
This exclusive luxury resort was first renovated in the 1990s, and now offers guests the opportunity to step into the history of the American West. Rooms start at $600 during the off-peak winter season but can go for as much as $1000 in the summer and autumn.