We might assume that long before miners first eased their weary bones into Dunton Hot Springs the Ute Indians, roaming their summer hunting grounds, lazed in the restoring waters.
The original spring is still visible at the highest point in town. To make more use of the water the miners dynamited the springs and directed its flow towards the bathhouse. Lots of old photographs bear witness to the affection with which the large outdoor pool was held.
Dunton’s hot springs are controlled by tectonic forces associated with the Triassic Dolores Formation. The springs are located on the trace of a north trending fault and encompass an area of approximately 0.3 square miles. There are many other seeps and springs in the area. Colorado's only Geyser (a tepid sulfuric spring) bubbles up every 45 minutes or so. There is a soda spring which has been recorded but, so far, never found by us and our neighbor's fabulous lithium rich Paradise Hot Spring. A spring with similar mineral composition to ours is on the Dolores River just north of Rico.
Our springs are of the calcium bicarbonate type with a strong concentration of dissolved iron and manganese and a little dash of lithium. Springs with high mineral content are recommended for various therapeutic uses. In addition to the value of the trace minerals found in most hot springs, and the stimulating benefits of highly mineralized waters, bathing in bicarbonate water assists opening peripheral blood vessels and helps to improve circulation to the body's extremities and magnesium converts blood sugar to energy and promotes healthy skin.
We offer six ways to take to the waters, which range in temperature from 85°F to 106°F.
Inside the restored 19th century Bathhouse
Under the stars at the source
In the pool outside the Bathhouse
In the pool behind the Dunton Store cabin
Inside Well House cabin
Out on the river (Christoph's spring)
Always stay up to your neck in hot water!