- Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, is a historic natural hot spring originally used by miners.
- The hot springs are about 25 miles southwest of Telluride.
- Originally one pool, the natural hot spring now fills six different pools across a resort campus.
After being discovered by homesteaders in the 1880s, the Dunton Hot Springs became a popular spot with weary miners needing a long soak in mountain mineral water. One-hundred years and several owners later, the homestead was in shambles with several structures on the brink of collapse.
A team of investors purchased the hot springs in 1994 and opted to restore the standing structures and build a resort around the hot springs. The town is still small—there are 12 cabins, a dining hall and a saloon—and can be rented out individually or as a “rent the town” package.
From Telluride, go south on CO-145. After 17.4 miles, turn right on CR 38, and look for the sign to Dunton Hot Springs CO.
The resort is open year-round, but access can be very difficult in the winter. The hot springs are reserved for guests. Call ahead to organize transportation and check accessibility.
Rates vary greatly depending on the season and holidays, but basic cabins start at $495 a night.
The region is known for great fly-fishing, and the resort has private access to a nine-mile stretch of the West Fork of the Dolores. Dunton also has horseback riding, hiking trails and mountain biking adjacent to the resort.
Telluride Helitrax coordinates heli-skiing with the resort, offering pick-up and return and six runs per day. This is the only operation in Colorado, and has nearly unlimited access to the San Juans. There are also groomed cross-country ski trails and plenty of terrain suitable for snowshoeing
The Dunton springs are what made the town famous and what continue to attract visitors. The original spring is still visible at the highest point in town, and today there are six access points to the springs which range from 85 to 106 degrees. There is a restored 19th century bathhouse, the original spring, three outdoor pools and inside one of the cabins.