Normally we hate contradictions. “A quiet haven in a busy metropolis” probably means you are going to be woken by traffic in the middle of the night. But this bolthole of self confessed contradictions has changed our minds. Hand hewn log cabins with exquisite furnishings, torturing hikes followed by muscle easing massages, a tranquil sanctuary with heart stopping adventures. Historically Dunton was a small mining town with a population of only 200 at its peak and it has not lost any of its colonial charm. It has a Saloon, library and outdoor chapel as well as natural hot springs throughout. As far as luxury hotels in Colorado go, it doesn’t get much better than this.
The remote town is located in the south west of Colorado burrowed deep into the San Juan Mountains. A self drive journey is recommended so you have complete freedom to explore the awe inspiring surroundings, but the staff are happy to arrange a collection from Durango, Telluride, Cortez and Montrose Airports.
All the hand hewn cabins are authentically restored, some by the original miners themselves, making it feel like you are transported back to 1905 at the height of the mining industry. Another contradiction we love is that the authentically historical rooms are equipped with high speed internet although the town is mobile phone free. The thought that has gone in to the detailed decoration is meticulous and each cabin has its own personality, from vintage Wild West movie posters to a canvas roof or an outside shower.
Why we like it
What’s not to like? The Saloon has its original bar with the carvings from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid, the library has many times been described as a place to lose yourself and is both beautiful and well stocked. You feel at one with nature as well as luxuriously pampered, with natural hot springs and spa on site. You can get as involved as you like, helping the chef prepare locally sourced meals, horseback riding through the mountains or take a photography or fine art workshop. They even have their own vineyard in the McElmo Valley.