Deserted cities attract only a limited number of tourists, who prefer extreme attractions. The majority of people is ready to look at the photos in the comfort conditions of their home, but they are not really open for real trips.
However, Dunton shows us that a proper person can transform even a deserted village into a real magnet for tourists.
What was at the beginning?
Many years ago Dunton was the transshipment base for free-miners in Colorado. It was founded during the gold rush in the state, and people had chosen this location because of natural geysers, which were the sign of the existence of specific minerals in the soil.
During the best times, this place was inhabited by more than 500 people, and more than a half of them consisted of free-miners, who had to come and leave really frequently. When the gold rush was over, people decided to leave the city. The final thing was the railroad created not far from this place. People started to move there, in order to be connected to the big world. The last person left Dunton in 1919, and it became a ghost town.
Dunton is the real example of the fact that even the most unattractive place for the tourists and an abandoned city can be transformed into the first-class resort.
The city got the second chance with Christoph Henkel bought it in 1990 and decided to transform old wooden houses in cottages for short-term rental for tourists.
Interestingly, Henkel planned not only to earn money on this place but to keep it as an object of the cultural heritage and the monument in the memory of gold rush.
Henkel managed to succeed. These days the cottages of Dunton are incredibly popular among the tourists. People, who like hiking, prefer to stay here during their trips, and Dunton is located in one of the most popular walking routes in the USA. However, the majority of people are coming here to enjoy the silence of the mountain forest, hiding from the noise of the city.
Today there are 12 cottages and 200 acres of the well-kept territory. The full name of the place is Dunton Hot Springs. There’s a separate bathhouse located right on the hot spring, while several houses are equipped with special natural baths. All houses were renovated, and equipped with new furniture and devices, providing the highest level of comfort and convenience.
“It was a complex task for us. – says Christina Rossie, the Marketing Director of Dunton Hot Springs. – Some of them were simply falling down when we tried to repair and restore them. However, we managed to renovate the majority of them. We assign them with the names of free-miners, who worked here, or using the name of the infrastructure objects located here before.”
Tourists are able to walk around the mountain forest, go fishing and take a ride on the horse along the mountain range. However, the majority of tourists wants to see the history hidden in this incredible settlement.
“You can find a lot of places, where you can visit the very same bar as Butch Cassidy after his first robbery of the bank in Telluride. While visiting the bathhouse, you can see the inscriptions, which were made during the gold rush era” – says Christina Rossie. She’s totally right because a huge number of tourists wants to visit this place to become a part of Cassidy’s story...