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Dunton Hot Springs in Photos

My story on worldwide hot springs resorts will be published in Luxury Las Vegas next month. I was reminded of that when I was asked this morning to send an invoice to my editor at the print publication (always a good email to receive when you’re a freelance writer).

Coincidentally this morning, I was organizing a bunch of photos on my hard drive, including those I took while staying at one of the resorts I profiled in my magazine feature: Dunton Hot Springs. This remote, upscale property had been on my radar of dreamy places to visit in Colorado for more than a decade — and I was so delighted to share just a couple of nights there this fall with my family.

Here’s a peek at some of the images I captured during our October stay, just after an unexpected snowfall (including some on which I put funky filters, courtesy of my Olympus PEN E-mini camera):

Entrance to gated Dunton Hot Springs is over a small wooden bridge.

Entrance to gated Dunton Hot Springs is over a narrow wooden bridge.

Did Butch Cassidy really carve his name into the historic bar at Dunton Hot Springs? That's how the story goes...

Did gunslinger Butch Cassidy truly carve his name into the bar at Dunton Hot Springs? That’s how the story goes…

Teepee and historic cabin at Dunton Hot Springs, with a few of snowcapped mountains and golden aspens in the fall.

Teepee and historic cabin at Dunton Hot Springs, with a view of snow-capped mountains and golden aspen leaves.

We took a short stroll off property on arrival at Dunton Hot Springs, just to stretch our legs after the 5-hour drive from our Colorado mountain home. The fall foliage was stunning.

We took a short stroll off property on arrival at Dunton Hot Springs, just to stretch our legs after the 5-hour drive from our Colorado mountain home. The fall foliage was stunning along the dirt road was stunning.

The spa and yoga studio housed in a building that once served as a stop on the Pony Express.

The spa and yoga studio (at right) are housed in a building that once served as a stop on the Pony Express.

Our comfortable "Vertical Log" cabin featured two king bedrooms and a loft with two full-sized beds, plus two bathrooms -- one of which has a copper tub that was said to have belonged at one time to a local brothel.

Our spacious “Vertical Log” cabin featured two king bedrooms and a loft with two full-sized beds, plus two bathrooms — one of which had a copper tub that was said to have belonged at one time to a local brothel.

Our first gourmet dinner at Dunton Hot Springs included cheddar broccoli soup, grilled angus sirloin steak, and apple brown betty -- all accompanied by wines made at its own Sutcliffe Vineyards nearby.

Our first gourmet dinner at Dunton Hot Springs included cheddar broccoli soup, grilled angus sirloin steak, and apple brown betty — all accompanied by wines made at the resort’s own Sutcliffe Vineyards nearby.

Guests typically eat at a large communal table in the Saloon (though private seating is available, too); three gourmet meals daily are included.

Guests typically eat at a large communal table in the Saloon (though private seating is available, too); three gourmet meals daily are included in your room rate.

Around every corner at Dunton Hot Springs, you'll find western memorabilia and funky artifacts.

Around every corner at Dunton Hot Springs, you’ll find western memorabilia and funky artifacts.

Guests are provided with roomy robes for the walk to and from the on-site hot springs. Here, my kids and I channel Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Guests are provided with roomy robes for the walk to and from the on-site hot springs. Here, my kids and I channel Obi-Wan Kenobi.

View of the restored 19th-century bathhouse, as seen from one of the outdoor hot springs pools.

View of the restored 19th-century bathhouse, as seen from one of the outdoor hot springs pools. Other places to soak include a steamy pool inside the bathhouse (with cold plunge), as well as the below-ground “Source,” where you descend a ladder to the toasty natural pool a few steps from the bathhouse.

This former mining camp turned ghost town turned luxury retreat is located in the southwest part of the state: Dolores, Colorado, about a 105-minute drive from Telluride ski resort in the winter (it’s closer to an hour drive in the summer months when a more convenient road is open).

For more information, check out the chock-full-of-information website (including some great FAQs and detailed scoop on the various accommodations and their rates).

Thank you to Dunton Hot Springs for hosting my family’s weekend stay.

8 Responses to “Dunton Hot Springs in Photos”

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    Andi says:

    This place looks awesome!!!

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    Dunton is one my dream places to visit in the state, too, Kara. Interestingly, my brother-in-law and his friends would go there so often when they were undergrads at Fort Lewis (before it became a luxury resort), they now call themselves The Dunton Gang. They don’t go there anymore, but they do manage to get to Snowdown in Durango every winter :)

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      Kara Williams says:

      Love that undergrads would visit the Dunton Hot Springs prior to it becoming so exclusive. As I was soaking, I thought a lot about their history…. “if these springs could talk”!

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    Quyen says:

    Looks like a great retreat! So relaxing.
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    Cycle Party says:

    The pictures look like something from a movie. Relaxing!

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    Congratulations on your Luxury Las Vegas article! I love your shots inside the cabin…. but you had me at the dinner menu… sounds so good. I’m such a sucker for hot springs. I just tried my first Onsen in Kyoto (Japanese hot springs) and it was great, especially after a bunch of travel.
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    Tina says:

    The place was stunning!!! those pictures are awesome…

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