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Gateway Canyons – Explore. Discover. Breathe.

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the wonders of Gateway Canyons Resort during a three day stay. Three days provides an excellent introduction to an extraordinary resort in an undiscovered part of the great Southwest.


Gateway Canyons is located in the red canyon country of Western Colorado.  It’s a breathtaking one hour drive southwest of Grand Junction,  a winding road that takes you through the Unaweep Canyon to the otherworldly Palisade Plateau – with its steep cliffs that have become the iconic symbol of this nature resort.

Gateway Canyons is the brainchild of John Hendricks, the creator of the Discovery Channel. Mr. Hendricks has done a remarkable job of tastefully blending this handsome resort with the Western Colorado terrain while sparing no expense. Accommodations are luxurious, tastefully appointed with folk art and have all of the high quality creature comforts you can ask for such as pillow top mattresses,  high quality spa products, iPod docking stations, indoor fireplaces, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits and more.   There are many different room configurations available that are  conducive to both couples seeking solitude to multi-generational families wanting outdoor adventure. Gateway has 2 different restaurants, one casual and one fine dining, a snack shop and a bar that also serves food at one of  two different pool areas. Although we did not have time to experience the Spa, we were told it was outstanding by two very reliable sources, my colleagues in the luxury travel industry.



Indeed. With an adventure center full of young, energetic, outdoor enthusiasts that seem to adore their jobs of assisting you in every adventure you can think of, exploring this wonderful terrain is really the purpose of a visit here. We had a chance to take an ATV tour on John Brown Canyon road – great guide, great fun. There are some short hikes right on the property, but the best hikes in the area are a short drive away. The guides at the Adventure Center suggested a hike on Wildcat Trail …wild cat as in some of the inhabitants in the area. We didn’t see any but we saw plenty of fresh traces. Highly recommended, though moderate to strenuous. Make sure you wear good hiking shoes or boots for some steep trails with loose gravel on the way down.



ATV Tour – an adventurous way to see the canyon


Exploring the Wildcat Trail


Gateway Canyons is also home to the Auto MuseumMr. Hendricks’ personal collection of rare American auto art including a rare 1954 Olds F-88 concepts car. The autos are displayed in gallery rooms based on different eras. A visit to the Auto Museum is both educational and highly entertaining and will leave you with a great sense of pride and  appreciation of the marvelous innovation of American engineering and design.

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Classic Cars at the Auto Museum


It’s very unlikely you will read about Gateway, Unaweep or even Western Colorado in any guide book. That’s one of the reasons we liked it so much. A visit here is an opportunity to experience a relatively undiscovered wilderness that is very isolated, while enjoying first class accommodations in a setting that’s simply serene. Play hard during the day and luxuriate at night. It’s just that simple. Like our tagline, it’s “luxury off the beaten path”.


Beautifully landscaped grounds of the resort


With all of your senses. Sight, sound, smell and awareness- the pure power of observation.

The Gateway Canyon-Western Colorado experience is a very special one. Contact me to help you create yours.  -Russ DiTusa




Clients booking through DiTusa Travel, an affiliate of Lake Shore Travel, receive the best published rates as well as exclusive  Virtuoso amenities such as:

Full American buffet breakfast every day

Room upgrade at time of booking, based on availability

One $100 per room/per day Adventure credit for any activity or spa service

To see more photos of this beautiful destination, check out our Pintrest board.