Escape to nature at this stunning former ghost town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

There’s nothing quite like getting away from it all and reconnecting with nature. And while modern technology can be a huge asset to many trips, sometimes, all you really want to do is unwind and switch off. With that in mind, a former ghost town in Colorado has been transformed into a luxury spa that allows guests to take some much needed rest and relaxation in stunning, picturesque surroundings.

The bathhouse at Dunton Hot Springs at dusk.
The bathhouse at Dunton Hot Springs at dusk. Image by Dunton Hot Springs

Located near Telluride in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies, Dunton Hot Springs is a unique resort set in an alpine valley. Offering a variety of day and overnight packages, visitors can choose to rent a lodge, or the entire town if they so wish.

Guests can soak in the hot springs on site. Image by Dunton Hot Springs

First established in 1885, Dunton was a small settlement in Dolores County, and in its early days acted as a mining camp for less than 50 people. By 1905, the mine’s ore production peaked, leading to the majority of the town’s residents leaving and by 1918, the town was completely deserted. Now perfectly restored as a luxury getaway, the site of the former ghost town includes hand-hewn log cabins, as well as a saloon that serves food, rustic outdoor trails, and hot springs that sit beneath snow banks. While it is free of cell phones, the old mining town does provide high speed wireless internet in the cabins for guests that may be required to check in with work.

Visitors can choose from cabins, while the entire town is also available to rent for weddings and events. Image by Dunton Hot Springs

Experiences at Dunton Hot Springs include horseback riding through the wilderness, helicopter skiing, mountain biking, snow shoeing, hiking, camping, fly fishing, river rafting and kayaking. The dedicated spa offers a range of massages, treatments and therapies, as well as yoga and pilates.

The Forge Cabin at Dunton Hot Springs. Image by Dunton Hot Springs

Prices start at $630 (€510) per night for a double occupancy and include all meals, while the entire town that sleeps 44 people can be rented for a staggering $24,000 (€19,445).

More information on Dunton Hot Springs is available at the official website.

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