— How would you describe Dunton Hot Springs in a nutshell?
— Potter House
— Please tell us about the history of the town.
The West was home to many dude ranches that are now recreated as hotels but Dunton Hot Springs is different. It is a true historic town, the essence of what it used to be. That is what we focus on during any kind of renovation or updating.
There are different stories as to why the town was established around the hot springs, either due to it being a rich area in minerals, so gold and silver were thought to be here, or just because of the fact that the hot springs provide a natural hot bath.”
— Wedding at Dunton Hot Springs
— What was the inspiration to create such an exclusive retreat in a ghost town?
The whole idea was to sell plots of land to build homes and develop the old town as kind of an amenity to residential homes. However, he quickly changed his mind, not wanting to ruin the valley by selling it off individually. The initial plan therefore was to restore the town and use it as his personal vacation home in Colorado. But since they did not want to keep such a beautiful town boarded up for most of the year, they decided to open it up to the public in 2001. Dunton Hot Springs still feels like the home it was intended to be, with a very communal but luxurious setting.”
— What’s the philosophy of Dunton Hot Springs?
Our guests can be at total ease when they are staying here. Dunton Hot Springs is a getaway where they can disconnect, yet still enjoy meals and cocktails just like at 5-star restaurants.”
— Dolores Cabin
— Please tell us about the rooms and facilities at the resort.
The cabins were moved around during the renovation to create a circular setting around the saloon and dance hall. That’s where the restaurant is, the kitchen and dining rooms, and the original bar from the late 1800’s. The only three buildings that remain in their original location are the saloon and dance hall, the bath house where the natural hot springs are, and Dunton store, which used to be the general store for the town.
The yoga studio and spa room, called Pony Express, used to be an original Pony Express building from Colorado Springs, which was transported to Dunton. We also have a library that was built using historic timbers.”
— Potter House bedroom
— What sort of services does Dunton Hot Springs offer?
We have a vineyard down the canyon from us and also grow a lot of our fruits and vegetables in the summer. We are a farm-to-table restaurant.
The rates at the resort are all inclusive and we also provide room service and breakfast.”