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We drove through part of the San Juan National Forest and viewed the McPhee Reservoir and then drove on to the Groundhog Reservoir. This is mostly on rock roads, but they are all in very good condition. We also went back to where we had camped in the past when we just took our tents and canopies and all our water and food and set up in ...
... see how beautiful it really is. We left from 4 Corners and drove on the back roads and went to Hovenweep National Monument which are Indian ruins that haven't been lived in for 700 years! So how old are they? It was very interesting and is just amazing to walk on the very spot where these Ancients walked nd lived and survived and raised their families! I could almost imagine little children laughing and playing and ...
When Nevada and I get together we got a lot to talk about. We reminisce a bit, talk about our recent past and the new additions to the family - some more than others, and of course discuss politics and guns. 2 things that we just can't ever seem to agree on. Having said all that, we still can't wait to get together to bounce more radical ideas off each other and see who will blow up ...
... Lizard Head Pass. The water was a bit metallic which left my skin feel and smell like I was just wrapped up in a bunch of aluminum foil, but as are all hot springs...it was simply delicious. Because of the high metal content, Canyon wasn't allowed to get in, but he did manage to splash around a bit and probably get some extra metal in his ...
... to change your mind; you can go back and pretend none of this ever happened. You don't have a plan. What are you going to do for money and a job? You are completely alone in the world. Everyone is forgetting about you. Are you crazy or something?'
I tend to combat this cacophany of negativity by saying to the voice; "I know who you are and you don't get to decide for me. Every moment I'm living now is my choice - even if it's something that might ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dunton Hot Springs Dolores
I just cant say enough good things about this resort. excellent food, friendly staff, felt like home, I cant wait to visit again
When asked of my stays at Dunton Hot Springs so many wonderful images and experiences come to mind that it's difficult to answer with an off-the-hip response. My wife and I have stayed in both the summer and winter and have found each visit uniquely amazing. DHS has meant so much to us that we're making a tradition of returning each Thanksgiving. The staff seems much more like friends than employees. The meals are incredible and the chef will bend over backwards to satisfy your every culinary want, wish, or desire. The accomodations and surroundings are out of this world. NO words can truly describe the Dunton Hot Springs experience, however, "simply magical" comes close.
Chris and Shari
My fiance and I really needed a vacation when we set out to Dunton from Los Angeles. We had been working hard, and were hoping for a vacation that would provide both the much needed rest and once we recovered, much needed outdoor activities which we love. Dunton gave us that, and more. It is worth mentioning we stayed for 7 nights and 8 days - longer than average. All of our high hopes were exceeded for a perfect vacation. The town itself has been beautifully restored without giving up one iota of its wild west heritage. But the owners also turned the town into a 5 star experience (it seems to be neither a hotel, inn, lodge or resort... it's its own category).
The staff, from start to finish, was above and beyond friendly and helpful. One of the attributes which is hardest to describe is the communal experience of Dunton. On paper, this sounded like a crap shoot - did we want to eat with other people? The answer is a resounding yes. Fellow visitors were interesting and fun to see at meals so we could compare notes on who did what and how we each liked it.
We were a little worried that by staying so long we would run out of things to do, but we absolutely did not. The wine tasting is a must-- the experience is so unique and fantastic, even compared to all the other vineyards we have visited. The hiking is beautiful and endless and the staff are more than happy to suggest other things to do in and around the area. The hot springs are lovely, and we spent many an afternoon spring -hopping - they each have very different feels and temperatures - trying to pick a favorite.
We were so sad to leave and we will go back with pleasure - anytime.
i was in dunton on assignment for a travelmagazine. i am a photographer and i absolutely loved everything about dunton. it is the far away retreat you always dream about when you need a break. the hotsprings are amazing, the team is extremly welcoming, the food is delicious and the setting is absolutely gorgeous. do youself a favour and go!
Dunton Hot Springs is simply the most delightful "get away" my wife and I have ever experienced. Our vacations are almost always somewhat adventureous, whitewater rafting, skiing vacations, etc. We live on the Gulf Coast and really needed a break from all the hard work after Hurricane Ivan devastated our community. When we listed our " fantasy" criteria for the perfect vacation spot it had to include a wild and scenic setting in the mountains that offered solitude and solace for our weary souls. Our fanatasy hierarchy of "needs" included a hot springs, at least a 4 star resturant in the vicinity and of course of good bar. Hiking oppportunities were a necessity as we did not want to just lay around and relax. My wife read an article about Dunton Hot Springs in a travel magazine while at a doctors office. When she came home she said she believed she had found the perfect place.
Dunton Hot Springs met, no exceeded all of our expectations! It is a restorative, spiritual, contemplative, and epicurean experience that delights on so many levels that I cannot recommend it too highly. The staff is comprised of very interesting and engaging folks. They are professional and attentive and we were made to feel as if we were the most welcome guests in their home. The absolute understated luxury was quite enjoyable. And yes, we did hike, snowshoe, horseback ride and visit a local winery( that is a must if you have the time). We decided that this was the first of our annual trips to Dunton Hot Springs!
An Exclusive Adventure in the Rockies
Dunton Hot Springs is a wondrous place of exquisite solitude and beauty. The attention to detail and finery is so tastefully implemented that it exudes a down to earth beauty that attracts Dukes and Duchesses, as well as those willing to go the extra cost for a unique experience. The hot springs, personal attention, dining and well-thought out amenities make one feel as if they have encountered heaven on earth.
Do yourself a favor: Book this adventure in living, hiking, skiing, fishing, horseback riding well in advance and book it longer than you would imagine. You will not regret it!
We cannot say enough great things about Dunton Hot Springs. It is truly a superb Spa and luxurious Resort in a most spectacular setting. Accomodations were warm and extremely comfortable. And the service and staff fantastic. Nothing like having your very own chef... If you are looking to combine ultra pampered accomodations in an outdoor, rustic setting, Dunton is THE place. Whether you are looking to hit the outdoors or simply enjoy the natural hot springs and read a book, this place has it all. You will not be disappointed, and will be looking to get back.
Madly in love!
WARNING! There is something about this place that upon visiting, you are going to want to go back to again and again and again. . .
Is it the totally remote and very private location? Is it the feeling that you have slipped into the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid movie? Is it the to-die-for-food that you will forever crave after one bite? is it the totally unique and delightfully stylish cabins that within moments feel like your own private home? Is it the warm and lovely staff that convince you that you are at home? Is it the warm hug of the super plush robes? Is it the myriad of hot springs that put you in the best mood? Is it the warm glow of the lanterns that get lit by lantern elves just at dusk? It is the awe-inspiring surroundings of mother nature at her best? Is it the best library in the world? Is it the song that the waterfall sings? Is it the cozy bar that you want to hang out in for hours? Is it the incredible works of art that modestly pop up everywhere? it's ALL these things and something unexplainable . . . it's an addiction really.
Homesick the minute we left
We were married at Dunton in September and it was perfect! Our guests came from all over and everyone raved! The staff is fabulous--fun, helpful, totally professional; the food was delicious; the cabins are unique and beautiful and the setting. . . well, it's just amazing! It's causal, elegant and so classy! Plus, they have wonderful robes! We've been three times and I know we'll keep going back!
I'm returning to Dunton
Dunton Hot Springs is an extraordinary place. The setting is stunning, the cabins are beautifully restored, the food and service terrific and the great outdoors offers boundless activities, just outside the cabin.
And that's to say nothing of the hot springs, yoga studio or the exquisite library. I had a wonderful three days in February this year and am returning for Easter weekend. Its remote and secluded yet easily accessible from Vancouver. There is a very sophisticated, but very low key, design senibility there - in the selection of art, artifacts, antiques - which reflects the exquisite taste of the owners. Its in perfect tune in the rustic setting of this old mining town. A truly wonderful place to be invigorated and unwind, all at once.