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Colorado's Upscale Gateway Canyons Resort is Surrounded by Red-Rock Country

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Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado

The Gateway Canyons Resort in the middle of Colorado's red-rock canyons.

© 2011 Lois Friedland

Active Vacationers Enjoy Gateway Canyons Resort in Colorado's Red-Rock Lands:

Look out your guestroom window and the monolithic Palisade rock formation is in your face. Gateway Canyons resort sits in winding red-rock canyons in western Colorado, a playground for active travelers that rivals nearby Moab, Utah but without the crowds. The adobe-style buildings fit right into these canyons where Ancient Puebloans once lived and cowboys once roamed. The resort's Adventure Center offers hikes high into the red-rock hills that surround the resort, kayaking and river rafting on the Dolores River, horseback riding, rappelling, climbing and just about any other adventure you might want to experience.

Gateway Canyons is the Stepchild of the Discovery Channel Founder:

The resort was created by John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel, who owns a massive ranch nearby. With his love of this dramatic setting, he set out to design a resort that combines upscale luxury inside the buildings and outstanding adventures outdoors.

Added bonus: The Gateway Colorado Auto Museum, which houses just part of his multi-million dollar collection of classic cars. Among the 50 cars in the museum are a 1906 Cadillac Model H Coupe and the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept car that Hendricks bought at an auction for $3.24 million.

Guestrooms at Gateway Canyons Resort:

While the resort is big - 225 acres - the footprint of the lodges, museum and other buildings is small. The Kiva Lodge only has 38 units spread out around a courtyard pool. The decor is upscale southwestern with desert colors. Both the premium and the deluxe rooms are spacious, with big comfortable chairs set before a kiva-style gas fireplace and a wet bar. The downstairs premium rooms have tiny courtyards with private hot tub. The Grand Kiva suites have two bedrooms and a full living room. (Gateway Canyons also has a smaller, more basic lodge, which is being remodeled into more upscale accommodations.)

The Adventure Center at Gateway Canyons Resort:

The experienced guides at the Adventure Center know the region well and take active guests out for sports and experiences in the surrounding countryside. Fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking,climbing or rappelling on the canyon's high cliffs are just a sampling of what's offered. (Extreme junkies can take the Class V climb to the peak of the Palisade formation.) There's kayaking, tubing or rafting on the Delores River, a five-minute walk away Fly rods and cruiser bikes are free to use. Moderate to long trail rides and equestrian instruction start from the Stables at Gateway, down the road a few miles.

The Spa at Gateway Canyons Resort:

The Spa at Gateways Canyons is small but upscale. The treatment selection is varied, including massages, body treatments, facials, and hair and nail services.

Dining at Gateway Canyons Resort:

The focus is on fresh, imaginative fare in both the fine dining and the casual restaurants. The Entrada Restaurant and Lounge, where guests often come casually dressed, features dishes using locally grown ingredients. Expect anything from bison carpaccio to polenta-dusted Colorado striped bass to Colorado rack of lamb. Head to the Kiva Cafe for more casual fare, ranging from buffalo meatloaf and angus burgers to salads with a Southwestern flair.

Exploring the Countryside Around Gateway Canyons Resort:

Gateway Canyons Resort is in the middle of one of the most scenic drives in Colorado: The Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway. The highway is carved through high canyons, follows deep river beds and passes sheer sandstone cliffs. Historic sites along the way include the remnants of the Hanging Flume, which brought 23 million gallons of water daily from the San Miguel River to operate the hydraulic mining equipment at the Bancroft Placer gold site.

Within a two-hour drive, visitors will find some 18 wineries in the Colorado Wine Country region. Most are at the base of the Colorado National Monument.

Official Home of Discovery Channel's Discovery Retreats:

The resort is the official home of Discovery Retreats, and plans are underway for week-long retreats on topics that one might see on the Discovery Channel. One of the topics being considered for the retreats in 2012, for example, is "Secrets of the Universe." (The Discovery Communications family includes shows such as the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, the Science Channel and the Military Channel. Discovery Adventures is the travel arm of the Discovery Channel.)

Gateway Canyon Resort Info and Reservations:

This video of Gateway Canyons Resort shows many of the activities.

Visit official Gateway Canyons Resort Web site, or call (866) 671-4733

43200 Hwy 141, P.O. Box 339, Gateway, Colorado 81522

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Gateway Canyons Resort is about a 1 1'2 hour drive from the nearest airport at Grand Junction, Colorado. Search for a flight to Grand Junction Regional Airport

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