Upscale Living Magazine - - Resorts -

Dun­ton Hot Springs is a small and exclusive re­sort nes­tled deep in the San Juan Moun­tains of the Colorado Rock­ies. The prop­erty is a re­stored ghost town set in an alpine val­ley on 1,600 acres of land, just across the moun­tain from Tel­luride. It is made up of 12 lux­u­ri­ous log cabin ac­com­mo­da­tions and an ex­tra tent suite, in addition to nat­u­ral min­eral hot springs that have been cur­ing body and soul for cen­turies, to un­wind af­ter long days of heart-pump­ing ad­ven­ture. Guests can par­take in a va­ri­ety of win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing cross­coun­try ski­ing, snow­shoe­ing, dog sled­ding, ice climb­ing up a frozen wa­ter­fall, heli-ski­ing, and more.

At Dun­ton River Camp, the sum­mer-only tented camp just four miles down­river from Dun­ton Hot Springs, guests can ex­plore the area in win­ter­time with Dun­ton Des­ti­na­tions’ Win­ter Won­der­land ex­pe­ri­ence, fea­tur­ing a day of cross-coun­try ski­ing, snow­shoe­ing, ice skat­ing and horse-drawn sleigh rides pulled by the re­sort’s beau­ti­ful Percheron horses, with time to re­lax by the fire with a hot bev­er­age in the farm­house.

For guests seek­ing a more “el­e­vated” ex­pe­ri­ence, Dun­ton can take them out on a Nordic Ski Ad­ven­ture on the High Mead­ows, which starts with an ex­cit­ing Snow Cat ride up to 10,000 feet for an ex­hil­a­rat­ing day of cross­coun­try ski­ing and snow­shoe­ing.

Thriv­ing on con­tra­dic­tions, hand-hewn log cab­ins are exquisitel­y fur­nished, a life-worn saloon serves food of star­tling qual­ity, lung tor­tur­ing trails are fol­lowed by pam­per­ing mas­sages and sen­su­ous hot springs shim­mer be­neath snow­banks.


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