Dunton Hot Springs, a 19th-century ghost town in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains which has been turned into a luxury resort, is offering a variety of winter activities for guests searching for fresh powder, climbing ice or outdoor and indoor natural hot springs.
Guided by Dunton Hot Springs’ outdoorswoman and mountaineer BoJo Post, most of the activities offered at the resort showcase the town’s mining history, naturally sulphur-free hot springs and alpine setting.
Dunton Hot Springs’ winter activities include:
● Hot Springs Soaking: Dunton Hot Springs has three soaking options: the source of the hot spring, where the water is hottest; the renovated original bathhouse; or one of the outdoor pools. Guests staying in Well House cabin have access to their own indoor, on-demand hot spring;
● Dog Sledding: Guests are whisked through the alpine forest by a dog team and may even have the opportunity to drive the sled;
● Ice Climbing: Unique in the San Juan Mountains, ice climbing is performed on-site at Dunton’s own waterfall using ice axes, crampons, helmets and harnesses;
● Heli-Skiing: Guests ski at 10,000 to 14,000 feet – some of the highest elevations in North America – in up to six runs daily. Full professional ski-guide service and avalanche transceiver and safety orientation are included. Guests are picked up from and returned to Dunton by helicopter;
● Snowmobiling: From groomed trails for beginners to aggressive backcountry trips for experienced riders, a variety of tours are available throughout the winter season;
● Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding: Dunton’s backcountry ski excursions give skiers and snowboarders of all abilities a chance to experience unspoiled and untracked powder;
● Avalanche Education: Avalanche instruction is offered at various levels to visitors of all ages and abilities. Classes are taught by some of the country’s finest avalanche forecasters, professional ski patrollers and snow-science experts;
● Snowshoeing: “User-friendly” two- and three-hour guided jaunts take guests to Colorado’s only active geyser and various spectacular viewing points;
● Cross-Country Skiing: Groomed trails lead up the West Fork of the Dolores River to untouched alpine meadows. Animal tracks and wildlife can be easily observed; and
● Sand Canyon Hike and Winter Tour: BoJo Post takes guests into the Colorado desert terrain and Sand Canyon for a full-day hike to the sculpted monoliths of McElmo Canyon and Sand Canyon Trail in the Canyons of the Ancients. The hike includes a packed lunch and a vineyard tour and tasting at Sutcliffe Winery, located just minutes away from the Sand Canyon trail head.
Opened in 2001, Dunton Hot Springs resort is a restored ghost town set in an alpine valley. The town’s original 19th-century “Wild West” log cabins have been transformed into 12 luxurious accommodations. Its spa is fed by natural mineral hot springs. The town’s old saloon is now a high-quality restaurant serving organic fare paired with wines produced by the resort’s own Sutcliffe Vineyards.
For more information on Dunton Hot Springs, visit www.duntonhotsprings.com.