Dunton Hot Springs is a ghost town turned luxury resort with a brand new glampsite
Dunton Hot Springs is one of the country’s most lust-worthy resorts. The whole thing looks like a perfectly-curated Pinterest board come to life and the fact that it really is an authentic, restored ghost town only adds to the intoxicating charm. It’s got natural hot springs and a saloon with the original bar that still has a signature carved by Butch Cassidy, along with wifi and totally pimped-out modern cabins. Plus, it’s an all-inclusive resort, so your gourmet meals and some of your booze is included, and you can work with them to plan activities and adventures.
But, if all of that sounds a little too… ritzy for you, fear not. The Colorado-based destination has now opened a glamping resort called Dunton River Camp that will make you feel completely at one with nature and provide lots of chances to get a little dirty. After you’re done unwinding in the riverside sauna, that is. Like nearby Dunton Hot Springs, Dunton River Camp draws from the land’s history. The Camp is on the site of an old ranch and farm on the West Fork of the scenic Dolores River.
The Camp is also all-inclusive, but instead of cabins, you get a cute safari tent, which still has all of the amenities of a luxury hotel room. Yes, that includes a private bathroom. Once you’ve been camping with a 6-foot soaker tub, towel warmers, and unlimited hot water, it’s hard to go back to the camping usual set up. You’ll also get three superb meals each day, and the chance to enjoy s’mores and stories around a fire pit each evening… with an artisanal cocktail in hand, of course.
During the day, you can check out the aforementioned sauna, wander over to Dunton Hot Springs to soak in the natural geothermal pools, or take advantage of the fact that each tent comes with two rental mountain bikes. They also have included group activities throughout the week; these range from horseback riding to fly fishing to vineyard tours. And don’t forget the yoga classes and spa tent!
Naturally, all of this luxury comes with a price tag: the going rate for a tent is $1,500, which is more or less the same as the rate for a rental at Dunton Hot Springs (depending, of course, on certain variables.) Dunton River Camp is only open during the summer, which is probably for the best, but it means that you might want to start thinking about booking your reservations soon. There are only 8 tents at the Camp, so it’s pretty exclusive.
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