Travel Diary: Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa

Allow us to introduce you to an exciting rural vacation spot in the heart of the American West: Gateway, Colorado. This rugged and remote town near the John Brown and Unaweep canyons offers access to untouched backcountry adventures in the La Sal Mountains and Uncompahgre National Forest. But don’t let the remoteness of the town fool you—it’s home to the inspiring and adventurous Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa. Nestled in the Palisades of stunning western Colorado, the resort is a luxurious oasis.

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It’s no surprise that Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is considered the top luxury retreat for the cultured and adventure-minded traveler. Established by John Hendricks, founder and former chairman of the Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is dedicated to nurturing spirits and inspiring minds as they explore the world. Whether you’re thirsty for knowledge and choose to spend the day hunting for dinosaur fossils, or you desire a luxurious afternoon cruising through the scenic rural byways of the American West, this resort has something for everyone. Featuring 72 extravagant rooms and suites, including 14 private casitas with a gourmet savory dining option at Entrada Restaurant, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is sure to dazzle.

At the resort and spa, you’ll be surrounded by adventure, natural wonderment, and untouched discoveries. So hop on a plane and treat yourself and your loved ones to the unparalleled natural beauty, extraordinary amenities, and adventures awaiting you at Gateway Canyons.

The Spa at Gateway Canyons

Pamper your mind and soul as you step into pure relaxation at The Spa at Gateway Canyons, voted the number one resort spa in the United States by Spa Index. Take time for yourself and indulge in the Native Desert Sage signature treatment and melt the stress of the day away. This luxurious desert ritual will enhance your mood, while the all-natural body mask will gently exfoliate and draw impurities from your skin. Finish with an application of aromatic desert sage oil during a 50-minute massage to leave your skin soft and fully rejuvenated.

UTV Tour

Express your inner thrill with the most exhilarating tour series offered at Gateway Canyons. Access the rugged backcountry and explore the areas off the utility terrain vehicle (UTV) trail with a Gateway guide, and let your wild side run free.

The Stables at Palisade Ranch

What better way to see the countryside than by horseback riding on trails that climb over 1,500 feet in elevation? Whatever your experience level, guides will take you on an exploration of the base of the Uncompahgre Plateau, the surrounding picturesque desert, and red rock canyons. And, to top off a great day, you’ll enjoy a gourmet cookout in true Western fashion. Yeehaw!

Helicopter Ride

If you’d rather experience the views from above, take your Gateway experience to a higher level and book a helicopter adventure. Fly over some of the most spectacular scenery in the world while learning about the fascinating lore and legends of western Colorado and eastern Utah. Featuring leather seats and a luxurious interior, this helicopter will make you feel like a true A-list celebrity. It’s sure to be 15 minutes you’ll never forget.

Gateway Canyons Auto Museum

If you weren’t expecting to find a classic car museum in this remote corner of Colorado, you’re in for a fun surprise. Enjoy drinks while gazing upon nearly 60 of the most prized and impeccably preserved historic cars in the country. Filled with pristine examples of American automotive art, the Gateway Canyons Auto Museum is devoted to understanding and celebrating the history, design, and social impact of the American automobile in a unique gallery setting. The collection is comprised of significant automobiles that capture 100 years of American automotive history, beginning with the 1906 Cadillac Model H Coupe and including Duesenberg, Auburn, Cord, and Cunningham marques alongside rare models from Packard, Cadillac, Pierce Arrow, and others. Walking through automotive history while sipping on some classy cocktails…that’s what we call swanky!

By Gwen Wunderlich

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