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West of 105 Magazine - - Lifestyle -

SUR­ROUNDED BY SKY-HIGH BUTTES IN THE BEAU­TI­FUL AND SE­CLUDED UNAWEEP CANYON, THE ADOBE BUILD­INGS THAT MAKE UP GATE­WAY CANYONS FIT IN PER­FECTLY WITH

THE MA­JES­TIC NA­TURE OF THE SCENERY.

(all): Gate­way Canyons

OPENED by Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel founder John Hen­dricks in 2005, Gate­way Canyons is set in the stun­ning Unaweep Canyon in western Colorado and is sur­rounded by the some­what un­earthly ge­o­log­i­cal for­ma­tions that make this area so spe­cial.

Ly­ing in the shadow of sweep­ing buttes and amongst a sprawl­ing old west set­ting com­prised of 6,000 acres of nat­u­ral won­der, Gate­way Canyons has 58 guest rooms and 14 adobe-style ca­sitas, the lat­ter of which are fan­tas­tic onebed­room suites that of­fer up­graded ameni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a pri­vate deck with a fire pit, and out­door show­ers (the Stargazer Ca­sita is the ul­ti­mate haven with an up­per deck that of­fers amaz­ing night time view­ing). While re­lax­ation can be or­der of the day if you so choose (the re­sort of­fers a full-ser­vice spa), it's the ex­haus­tive list of avail­able ac­tiv­i­ties that makes the re­sort a true gem.

The re­sort of­fers ev­ery­thing from guided trail rides to scenic air tours. The concierge is also able to ar­range vir­tu­ally any ex­cur­sion you can think of. Car lovers can get an eye­ful of nearly 60 pris­tine cars on view at the Gate­way Canyons Auto Mu­seum while wine afi­ciona­dos can go on a guided tour of the nearby wine coun­try (read more about the state's amaz­ing wine of­fer­ings on page 58).

And when it comes to din­ing, Gate­way Canyons has sev­eral op­tions: up­scale res­tau­rant En­trada is open morn­ings and evenings and of­fers out­door and in­door seat­ing and dishes such as rain­bow trout and veni­son; Para­dox Grille of­fers South­west­ern and Con­ti­nen­tal cui­sine for lunch and din­ner;

Kiva Cafe has cof­fee, break­fast and items to go; while the pool­side Cantina of­fers cock­tails and small bites. If you do want some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, jour­ney into town for a meal at Due­sey's Diner, a food truck next to the gas sta­tion that of­fers good old fash­ioned food truck fare.

Au­tumn is one of the best times to visit the re­sort as tem­per­a­tures drop and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties are much more en­joy­able.

Photo: Gate­way Canyons

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