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Located in one of Western Colorado’s most scenic areas, Gateway Canyons Resort is located within Unaweep Canyon, an area punctuated by majestic red rock formations, bountiful wildlife, well-preserved Native American rock paintings, dinosaur relics and more. Learning about the area’s rich and storied history, from when the Anasazi and Ute peoples ruled the area to the influx of gold miners, is enough to fill a weekend. But with the long list of activities available at this full-service resort, you’ll need a much longer window of time to experience all this area has to offer.
Gateway Canyons offers an equestrian center that’s a rustic-chic (including a wood-paneled welcome center with a wood-burning fireplace and lounge for refreshments) launching point for guided horseback tours of the surrounding countryside. There’s also an outdoor adventure center where you can rent paddle boards and kayaks to use on the nearby Dolores River, or arrange for guided rafting and fly fishing tours, hikes and rock climbs. Take one of the resort’s ATV’s out for a spin along the rock-strewn canyon trails. The resort has its own Gateway Canyons Air Tours, complete with dedicated hangars at the property and Grand Junction airport—take a helicopter tour of the surrounding canyons, seeing mountain towns such as Telluride and Aspen, Arches or Canyonlands national parks including the red rock formations of nearby Moab, Utah.
Driving enthusiasts will find their nirvana at Gateway Canyons Resort. The new Driven Experiences luxury driving experience has brought a stable of cars ranging from Bentleys to Porsches to the resort, which you can rent for a day of cruising the scenic canyonlands. Or learn how to drive a real Pro-Baja Truck on the resort’s rustic course. Afterward, stop in at the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum, where you’ll see some of the world’s most rare classic American cars, including the one of a kind Oldsmobile F 88 concept car.
If relaxation is more your speed, there are a couple of outdoor pools and Jacuzzis where you can soak in the bright Colorado sunshine, and a full-service spa that offers everything from thirst-quenching facials to Swedish massage, manicures and pedicures. The resort’s five restaurants serve everything from casual soups and sandwiches to upscale Colorado-influenced American fare—you can even sample one of the excellent cabernet sauvignons produced near Grand Junction.