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