It All Starts Here

What qualifies an adventure lodge as one of the world's best? Hot tubs and high thread counts, sure. But what sets these ten launchpads apart is access—to remote trails, steep runs, and lonely peaks.

Dunton Hot Springs     Photo: Photo by Jack Rishmond/Dunton Hot Springs

DUNTON HOT SPRING
Colorado
TAGS: HOT SPRINGS, HELI-SKIING, BUTCH CASSIDY, GHOST TOWN
This was once a very creepy place to go: a series of 12 desolate, abandoned cabins originally built in 1885 by gold miners at 8,700 feet in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride. No more. In 1994, Christoph Henkel, founder of the Canyon Group, moved in and gave the ghost town a five-star face-lift. In summer, hurtle down hundreds of miles of nearby singletrack on a loaner Specialized full-suspension bike and fly-fish for rainbows on nine private miles of the Dolores River's West Fork. In winter, wander down to the parking lot, where Helitrax, a Telluride outfit, picks up guests for heli-ski trips in the San Juan backcountry ($1,549 per day; helitrax.com). Either way, cap the day off by soaking in natural hot springs with fourteener views. Then hit up the resort's 1895 Saloon, which features Colorado lamb and the signature of Butch Cassidy carved into the bar—he stopped by after his famous 1889 Telluride bank heist. $650 per person per night; duntonhotsprings.com

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