Back to more of our Dunton town tour. To see the first part of our tour, as well as some more history on Dunton, check out our first post here.
Last time we featured our incredible and cozy cabin, and some of the scenery around town. This post we’re focusing a little more on some of the shared buildings and, of course, the hot springs.
Starting with the main structure – the saloon and dance hall, which features the kitchen, bar, and dining spaces, as well as big comfy couches for reading, chatting, and sitting by the fire.
The bar is original to the property, dating back to the 1880s.
Which means that many of the names carved into the bar are the original residents and visitors to the town,
Including Butch Cassidy. After robbing his first bank in Telluride, Cassidy hid out in Dunton before ultimately fleeing to southeastern Utah. His name appears in two locations on the bar, but it’s believed that the carving below – Butch + Kay – is the one done by Cassidy. Kay was Cassidy’s “female companion” at the time, and the two spent time together at Dunton after the robbery.
And for that reason, a picture of Cassidy and his gang is prominently displayed behind the bar. (It’s hard to see, but Cassidy is seated on the far right.)
The remainder of the saloon was renovated with the rest of the town, and the owners painstakingly worked to protect the historical feel, acquiring many pieces and materials dating back to when the town was founded. For example, the metal ceiling in the photo on the left and the wood-burning fireplace in the photo on the right both date back to the late-1800s.
Isn’t it wonderful when someone puts in incredible effort to protect and promote our history!?!
Our favorite place for complete quiet is definitely the library, and our dads both found themselves very much at home there as well.
A standalone building, it was a wedding gift from the owner to his wife. And depending on the visitors, the library is either a sweet and romantic place to cuddle up on the couch next to the fire, or a vibrant location for whiskey toasts and celebration. We managed to make use of it for both purposes!
On to the namesake of the resort – the hot springs! There are three hot springs available to all guests of the property. The source (which we don’t have a picture of because the best time to visit is at night when all you see is stars) is the warmest at about 106 to 109 degrees depending on time of day and outdoor temperature.
Next in line is the moody and tropical bath house. The largest of the hot springs, the bath house was our favorite place to start and end our day.
Walk over before sunrise under the moon and stars,
Get the fire started, hop into the springs, and wait by the windows.
Within a short time, the sky will start to change, as the rosy hue creeps up over the trees and quickly transitions into blues and golds. When the day is ready for you, head in to breakfast and get on with living your best Dunton life, whether it’s hiking, horse-back riding, or fly fishing.
Then, when you sense the day is winding down, grab a hot cocoa (yes, they will toast the marshmallows for you), and spend golden hour watching the sun disappear behind the mountain.
As steam rises from the pool,
And the pine trees become illuminated by the day’s last remaining rays of sun,
You’ll find a whole new sense of peace and serenity.
Finally, we can’t move on from our town tour without mentioning the incredible hospitality of Dunton’s staff. From the welcome champagne and beautiful flowers, to the personalized notes that greeted all our guests, the staff guarantees a truly exceptional experience.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a few days of pampering, or a family escape, Dunton cannot be beat! We’re currently working on a deal to be able to live there full time in exchange for playing the town ghosts…we have our white sheets and spooky sounds all ready to go!