SAN JUAN SCENIC BYWAY & DUNTON RETREAT
Your adventure begins amid the majestic San Juan Mountains of Colorado in the picturesque mountain town of Telluride. From Telluride, your journey follows the San Juan Scenic Byway with Lizard Head Pass as the first waypoint.
This high mountain pass sits at an elevation of 10,246 feet. From here, your gaze settles upon some of Colorado’s most sighed-over landscapes. As you navigate these spectacular roads, you’ll pass by famous Mount Wilson, Wilson Peak, and Sunshine Peak, all of which reach up past 14,000 feet, before arriving in the afternoon at the ghost town-turned luxury natural springs retreat of Dunton.
That evening, surrounded by alpine beauty and clear night skies, you’ll soak in the soothing waters of the mineral hot springs. While in Dunton, you’ll leave the car behind for horseback as you explore deeper into the folds of the landscape. Your expert guide will take you upriver, ascending mountain tracks to come face to face with the majestic Dolores Peak. Rest here with a mouth-watering picnic lunch paired with wine before returning to your horses for the downhill ride through working cattle trails and airy Aspen forests.
Tackle Colorado’s epic topography by testing your rock climbing skills. Expert climbers will help you tap your adventurous side as you ascend challenging rock walls and feel the rush of reaching the summit. After you’ve taken in the views of the forested valleys below, abseil to the ground. Wine and exquisite cuisine await back at luxurious, authentic Dunton.
MONUMENTAL ENCOUNTERS & OVERNIGHT IN THE DESERT
Depart Dunton and watch Colorado disappear in your rearview mirror as you drive into unique Utah. Your route will pass through two National Monuments—Canyon of the Ancients and Hovenweep—preserved for their archaeological significance.
Reaching Goosenecks State Park, your scenery is matched with a magnificent alfresco, chef-prepared lunch overlooking the dramatic canyon below. Replete, you’re back on the road to reach the cinematic darling of Monument Valley, a timeless symbol of the American West.
In this majestic and otherworldly landscape, your Navajo guides will greet you before leading you on 4×4 jeeps through the untouched splendor of this sacred desert landscape. See backcountry tracks and marvel at the wind-sculpted sandstone including the Big Chief Monument and Sleeping Dragon Rock.
Deeper into this remote wilderness you will see ancient Anasazi ruins, petroglyphs, and pictographs. Disembarking from your vehicles, set out on a hike across the dunes of Ear of the Wind Arch and walk inside the Big Hogan—Monument Valley’s largest amphitheater.
That evening, you’ll stay in the shadow of these astonishing natural monuments in a private luxury camp constructed just for you. You’ll be joined for dinner by Peter MacDonald, Sr, Chairman of the Navajo Nation who was a U.S. Marine Corps in World War II as a Navajo Code Talker. As you dine, you’ll hear fascinating stories of his life and enhance your understanding of the Navajo people and their history.