If your travel plans happen to include southwestern Colorado near Telluride, you may want to alter your itinerary just a bit. The town of Dunton Hot Springs, located at 8,600 feet in the San Juan Mountains, has become a “romantic” ghost town set in an extraordinary alpine valley. This impeccably restored town encompasses twelve hand-hewn structures originally built by gold miners in the 1800s, and now serves as a lodging alternative for those lucky enough to find their way. This Colorado luxury resort and cabins destination has most recently received the 2010 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award.
Dunton Hot Springs as a “ghost town come to life” deserves its noteworthy praise. As a resort, Dunton Hot Springs offers day and overnight packages. The entire town can be rented as a spectacular alternative for a corporate retreat, family reunion, or serve as a backdrop for a wedding to remember. Its hundred plus year old cabins have been exquisitely furnished, the saloon now serves organic local cuisine, and its thermal hot springs allow bathers a range of temperatures from 85 to 106 degrees.
Unique to the Colorado luxury resort and cabins is the list of year-round activities available to guests and within close proximity to its secluded location. Sturdy, but gentle horses are on hand for high mountain rides, hiking (from gentle to demanding) are right out the front door, world-class fly-fishing is offered on an exclusive nine-mile stretch of the Delores River. River rafting, kayaking, heli-skiing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are all moments away. During your stay at Dunton Hot Springs, all meals (painstakingly crafted from the finest of local source fruit, vegetables, and meats) and soaks in the on-site hot springs are included. If you want to discover an absolutely unique destination experience in Colorado, why not relive a part of the past by staying at a “ghost town?”