Gateway Canyons Resort expands wintertime offerings

New management at Gateway Canyons Resort decided to keep the auto museum and spa open through the winter.

Gateway Canyons Resort has restored some of the off-season services and hours eliminated last year, a continuation of the changes implemented by a new management team hoping to entice just-passing-through motorists and residents itching for a diversion during the doldrums of winter.

The resort’s auto museum and spa were closed last winter as officials adjusted to the sluggish economy and a drop in tourist traffic. This winter season, which began Nov. 27 and runs through March 31, the museum and spa are open Thursday through Sunday.

The resort has traditionally scaled back its operations during the winter. But that practice may soon come to an end, with officials saying they hope to operate the resort and its amenities seven days a week during the 2012–13 winter.

“We are in such a nice climate down here,” said Kindra Mazurek, Gateway Canyons’ sales and marketing coordinator. “There’s no reason why we should have to have any seasonal down time here.”

In addition to keeping the museum and spa open, Gateway Canyons hopes to show several of resort and Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks’ favorite Discovery Channel series in its high-definition theater. It remains to be seen when the so-called “Founder Series” will start, although Mazurek said the theater likely will be open Wednesday through Saturday.

Unlike last year, the resort is open through the New Year. It offered free admission to the museum, carriage rides and a host of children’s activities on Saturday. It’s pitching a room package through Friday, giving guests a free night’s stay for every night booked. And it will put on a buffet dinner, dancing and a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.

Other resort amenities are open on a limited basis, as in years past. The Paradox Grille and the Outpost General Store are open Wednesday through Sunday, and guests can book rooms during those same days. The Stables at Gateway Canyons will be open for horseback rides and other events Thursday through Sunday by appointment only.

The resort this winter is embarking on a $20 million refurbishing highlighted by a renovation and expansion of the 16-room Dolores River Inn.

Gateway Canyons in July turned over its day-to-day operations to Noble House Hotels and Resorts, a Kirkland, Wash.-based hospitality-management company, with the goal of expanding its footprint and attracting deeper-pocketed leisure and business clients.


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