Our family visited Dunton Hot Springs at the end of a long vacation visiting Arizona and New Mexico as well as Colorado. I would agree with the other reviewers that this is a very special place. There is both a feeling of pristine wilderness, a sense of outlaw history and well thought through rustic chic. The hot springs further add to the uniqueness. The only comparison I can think of is staying at a thermal Ryokan in Japan. Dips into the various hot pools quickly became part of our daily routine.
We found the hotel management to have a high attention to detail. They were also very helpful when one of our teenagers was delayed flying in from Canada and we were offered free calls to sort out complicated new travel arrangements.
There are a few important caveats to absolute perfection. Dunton is so isolated that all meals are in the hands of the resident chef. We had a few less than perfect meals. Chewy pasta or tough dry fish. The additional outdoor activities (we sampled the horse riding and the fishing) were well done, but perhaps double the cost or more than similar experiences in other resorts in the South West. The lawns in between the cabins had been left to go wild (maybe to encourage wild flowers?) and the outside spaces of the resort looked somewhat uncared for. We also found it hard to find initially, the resort is not clearly posted from the nearest main road and we missed the turning a number of times.
Overall we had a very nice week at Dunton Hot Springs. There is an atmosphere that sets it apart and it offers a genuine break from the outside world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering luxurious and private cabin rentals in Southwest Colorado. Our cabins are in the San Juan Mountains. We offer an all-inclusive vacation. Enjoy our full service spa, fine dining, lodging, and activities. Book the entire town for your corporate retreat or wedding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunton Hot Springs Dolores
- Dunton Hot Springs Hotel Dolores
- Dunton Hot Springs Colorado/Dolores