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Places To Visit: Gateway Canyons Resort

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Edging the Colorado/Utah border and cradled in the shadow of the Palisade rock formation, Gateway Canyons Resort is an adventure retreat that invites guests to experience a transformation amongst the inspirational beauty of the red rock canyons.

With comfortable accommodations that offer breathtaking views, visitors reconnect with loved ones by creating new memories with seasonal activities offered through the on-site Adventure Center, wellness-focused treatments at The Spa, access to more than 100 years of automotive history at the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum, as well as a visit to The Stables, a first-class equestrian center set in the heart of Unaweep Canyon.

How did Gateway Canyons Resort come about?

As a child, John Hendricks’ father would tell him tales of the beautiful red rock country in Colorado. It took him a while to finally see it with his own eyes, but when he and his family first came to Gateway, Colorado in 1995, they were moved by the beauty and history of the area, as well as by the spirit of its people.

Mr. Hendricks knew that this would be home. But he also felt compelled to share this special place with others. Soon Mr. Hendricks began the design for a sustainable, outdoor recreation resort that would highlight the beauty and endless adventures of the area.

Spring Flights of Fancy Package

Spring Flights of Fancy:
Starting at $299 per couple (excluding tax & gratuity)
Valid Wednesday – Sunday thru April 1, 2012

Package includes:
one night lodging in a Deluxe Kiva Lodge room
A couples helicopter loop of the majestic Red Rock Canyon country of Gateway (4 people per flight please)
25% off Spa Service or Horseback Ride
Two complimentary admissions to the Gateway Auto Museum
Two complimentary admissions to the Discovery HD Theater

Please call (970) 931-2458 for more information or to book your reservation.

They also have One Night or Two Night Stay Packages.

See more packages here.


Gateway Canyons is located in Unaweep Canyon, one of the most unique red rock canyons in the world. The word Unaweep is a Native American term meaning “canyon with two mouths.” It is thought that the ancestral Colorado and Gunnison rivers may have cut through the soft red sandstone of the Uncompahgre Plateau, exposing stone dated to Precambrian times.

This is said to be the only canyon in the world that is drained by two creeks; East Creek and West Creek, sending water off in opposite directions. Much like the nearby Colorado National Monument, our area has special recognition in Colorado geology. Ancient rivers eroded the rock away, exposing more than a hundred million years of the geologic record and fossils of dinosaurs and early amphibians.

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Kid Friendly Scale:

Gateway Canyons Resort
Rating: 7/10
Ages 8+

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