Yurts So Good
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Yurts So Good

A Rockies ghost town with a vineyard. And yurts.

  • 09 April 2013

Men, as a rule, are not interested in anything called “glamping.”

It’s an awful, phlegmy word that sounds like it was spitefully hocked by Patty and Selma Simpson.

But show a fella a yurt? In the foothills of the Colorado Rockies? Near a ghost town? That has Wi-Fi? Now you have his attention.

Introducing Cresto Ranch at Dunton Hot Springs, now taking reservations for its first summer of operation.

Cresto Ranch is an alpine landing of eight luxury tents some 20 feet from the Dolores River.

Within each yurt: a king-size bed, six-foot soaking tubs, private bathrooms and your own porch, where you can sit and enjoy panoramas of the surrounding wilderness.

Dunton Hot Springs

Nearby Dunton is itself a marvel. An old mining outpost located deep in the San Juan Mountains, Dunton seems – by all outside appearances – like a ghost town. But inside? Amenities galore: award-winning food, vineyard, a full-service spa and luxurious log cabins.

By day, you’ll hike, mountain bike, fly-fish in private waters, summit 14,000+ ft. peaks and go on archaeological excursions.

Or maybe just soak in the area’s hot springs.

At night: wine, obviously, and dinner in a restored 19th-century farmhouse, where all the food is locally sourced and the menu changes daily.

Go now, and glamp no more.

Postscript: Rob Lowe would like a word with you. The actor and part-time jetpacker is curating our LA edition, and he's got one word for you: "cheeseburgers." Check his picks out here.

The Specifics

Cresto Ranch at Dunton Hot Springs

Opens June 1
$1400 per night
($1000 if booked by May 31)

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