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Have you ever wanted to visit a ghost town? How about a ghost town that’s been transformed into a magical resort, with world-renowned offerings, stellar reviews, private hot springs, and all the jaw-dropping landscapes that Colorado is known for….all without being overcrowded and overpriced?
If you find yourself planning a trip to the Colorado area, (and frankly, if you aren’t currently you’ll want to after this) then there’s one special place you’ll be glad you didn’t miss. Near the popular tourist town of Telluride there’s a beautifully restored ghost town called Dunton.
Sure everywhere you go in Colorado might have these breathtaking views and picturesque landscapes, but Dunton Hot springs has something extra to offer. This quiet little town is now a luxury getaway, with exquisitely decorated, hand built, rustic cabins, and enough stories of its heritage to have you captivated for your entire trip.
Apart from the beautiful landscape, Dunton Hot Springs is also the number one all inclusive resort in the US according to TripAdvisor, and number 8 in the entire world. Each cabin is different, but shares some things in common. They are all immaculately decorated with elements that find that spectacular combination of rustic and luxury. Oh, and did we mention one cabin has a private hot spring all to itself?
Space is limited to a maximum of 44 guests at at a time, which only amplifies the atmosphere if this cozy retreat. The site’s 13 historic cabins and cottages were hand built by the original town inhabitants, coal miners during the town’s establishment.
This part is important, quiet, and secluded in no way means this little town lacks adventure. Mountain biking, snow shoeing, river rafting, kayaking, and other totally tranquil (and by that we mean adrenaline fueled) activities. The local saloon and dance hall has been restored to its full former glory, so don’t forget to bring some cozy dancing shoes.
If relaxing is more your fancy, the hot springs are definitely the place to be. It’s believed that these springs were used by the native Ute Indians to relax and ease their bones. The hot springs are controlled by the tectonic forces associated with the Triassic Dolores Foundation, according to the website. The only geyser in Colorado makes an entrance every 45 minutes, bubbling up.
The resident chef sources all local, organic foods. Such delicacies include tree-ripe fruit, lamb from local meadows, and a delicious selection of wine.
Like any indulgent luxury resort, Dunton Hot Springs offers lush spa treatments, fitness centers, yoga and pilates and good old fashioned relaxation in the springs.
The best part is, nearly everything is included in the cost of your stay. For more information, prices, photos and reviews: Check them out here.