This former cattle ranch dates back to the late 1800’s with the farmhouse sitting in its original location about 20 feet from the West Fork of the Dolores River; and showcasing approximately 500 acres of peaceful fields, meadows and forest providing endless opportunity for exploring and adventure. A large part of the land is still used for free range cattle grazing, but we have kept the area where the tents and the farmhouse are protected. There are a total of eight safari style tents, each sitting on a 640-square foot wooden platform anchored to bedrock.
Our tents have all the amenities you would expect to find in a luxury hotel including en-suite bathrooms with 6-foot soaker tub/showers, on-demand hot water, double vanities and even towel warmers. Each tent is assigned two mountain bikes for guests’ use during their stay. This provides guests the opportunity to explore trails or just bike on the road at their leisure. There are incredible hikes leading direct from the camp, and our Guest Services team is always available and happy to drive guests to neighboring local trail heads for exploration further abroad. Whether fishing for hours in our wonderful trout-rich river just steps from your tent or relaxing in the sauna sitting right beside that same river, there is no better place to unwind.
Our culinary team painstakingly sources local organic foods such as lamb from meadows that spawn fields of boletus and chanterelles, as well as tree-ripe fruit and plump vegetables from our own farm and vineyard. With wines to match the food, replete with first growth Bordeaux, California classics, super Tuscans and lusty Aussie favorites, as well as our own Sutcliffe Vineyards wines, meals at the River Camp are not to be missed. Dunton River Camp allows guests to be totally immersed in nature, get “dirty”, disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; yet still be able to freshen up, have a nice cocktail by the fire-pit at the farmhouse, enjoy a wonderful dinner with old and new friends, and end the evening with a nightcap at Barbara’s Bar. It truly is the best of both worlds!
Nightly rates include all meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic excluding Reserve List), use of the sauna, as well as the mountain bikes and all other common area amenities. Flanked by some of Colorado’s most rugged peaks and the historic town of Telluride to the Northeast, and the town of Cortez, Colorado, one of America’s richest archaeological centers to the southwest, transportation to numerous off-property sites as well as to our local airports can be arranged at an additional charge. The camp is open for the summer (from June to mid-October). The entire camp can be reserved exclusively for up to 16 guests.