• Saturday, November 28, 2020

Cresto Ranch

First Look - Cowboys and Billionaires
July 18, 2012
By , Galavante Contributor

Forget retractable poles and sleeping bags. Cresto Ranch takes camping to a whole new level. In fact, it even takes “glamping” to a whole new level. We’re talking eight luxury canvas tents with king-size beds, gas stoves, and en-suite bathrooms with views of the mighty Mount Wilson. And if the word “tent” still brings back childhood nightmares of frigid three-minute showers and spiders the size of your palm, you can also set up camp at the resort’s main lodge, a restored nineteenth century farmhouse. Take the great outdoors one step at a time.

Cresto Ranch is the newest luxury addition to Dunton Hot Springs, an exclusive cabin resort nestled in the Rockies. You know you’re in for something special when a property is owned by an eccentric German billionaire. At your disposal are 1,600 acres in the San Juan Mountains, where you can picnic, mountain-bike, and nature-walk to your heart’s content. Guests also have free reign over Dunton Hot Springs’ luxe bath house and outdoor hot springs. We love an all-access pass.

Tents aren’t the only thing to receive an upgrade. The cuisine is no frank ‘n’ beans campfire fare. Cresto Ranch guests can indulge in the new farm-to-table restaurant where the chefs whip up a unique menu each day from local and regional ingredients. Of course it helps that both the farm and the table are in the same place. And lucky for you, all meals and beverages are included, so you can properly fuel up  before hitting the outdoors for some fly-fishing, horseback-riding, and rafting.

After a day of playing cowboy, it’s all about being home on the ranch. Soaking in the hot tub, this is where city folk will remember that stars really do exist in the sky. And also remember that complete and utter silence exists. Top off the night with a bottle from the nearby Sutcliffe Vineyards, where John Sutcliffe himself is on hand to fulfill all your vino needs. After all, what goes better with s’mores than a nice Cab?