81323 Travel Guide
Since we love us some glamping, we were excited to learn last year that there was going to be an option closer to home than the African bush, with Colorado’s Dunton Hot Springs opening Cresto Ranch, a set of eight en-suite luxury tents four miles downriver from the main resort.
Open since June 1, and until October 31 for its seasonal closure, Cresto Ranch has partnered with Muddy Shoe Adventures to allow you to get your glamp on and have a ‘transformational adventure’ at the same time. What that means, we’ll tell you.
Some call it “glamping”, but luxury tent camping is wildly popular, for those who want to experience the Great Outdoors in style and comfort. And when you can experience the wild sans endless transatlantic flight and precautionary malaria pill dosing? Even better? That’s why we were intrigued to learn about the September debut of Cresto Ranch, the new tented camp at Dunton Hot Springs, the restored "Ghost Town" turned resort area. Fall is a great time to visit this place near Telluride and the Colorado Rockies, as the weather is fair and the fishing is fine.
The camp consists of eight safari-style tents (they sleep two) constructed of cotton canvas and repurposed materials from the 1830's. decked out with a gas stove, bathroom, and even a lounging porch for late-night star gazing and views of the San Juan Mountains. If guests want to socialize, they can head to the main lodge, a 19th-century farmhouse that has been restored and fitted with a dining room, living room, and a wraparound deck.
Daytime means getting your Outward Bound spirit in gear and taking advantage of the surrounding 1,600 acre playground. Go river rafting, hop on a horse, a mountain bike, or take a hike, but if you prefer less strenuous activities that keep the “glam” in “glamping” take advantage of the free access to Dunton Hot Springs’ Bath House for a muscle-melting dip in the outdoor hot springs, hit the spa, or sign up for a photography lesson. Or, one can pay respect to Mother Nature’s fruits of the earth during a tour of the resort’s very own winery—Sutcliffe Vineyards—and end with a tasting, of course. Most likely you’ll see more of those grapes when dining family-style in the old Saloon restaurant.
Rates are $1,400 per night (kids 12 and younger pay just $200 a night, under 2s are free) and includes all meals,beverages, and most activities.
[Photo: Dunton Hot Springs]
Located in Dolores, Colorado, Dunton Hot Springs is a "ghost town so lovingly restored" that is surrounded by a natural spa.
Each guest cabin is an authentic, nineteenth century, hand-hewn log building, restored by local and Native American craftsmen who specialize in traditional building techniques.
However, inside the cabins are furnished with custom luxury furnishings.
There is also a bar, a dining area, a "conference facility," hot springs in the teepee and bath house, massage and yoga rooms, and a library.