Dunton Hot Springs
Travel back in time at this creatively renovated mining town in the Rocky Mountains.
Fleeing the weight of modern life is possible in more ways than one at this ghost town-turned-rustic resort in a hidden alpine valley in the Colorado Rockies. The former mining enclave of Dunton, founded in 1885, is now home to hand-hewn log cabins built around a saloon and dance hall — many of the artfully revived accommodations are original to the town and include the old general store.
Meals are included, and the daily-changing menu emphasizes organic, local ingredients. While the spa may have a rustic look, the treatments are pure sophistication, and fitness offerings include yoga and Pilates. Hot mineral springs can be savored in the restored 19th-century bathhouse or under the stars at the source, and year-round activities include helicopter skiing, fly fishing, river rafting and tours of area archaeological sites.