Winter break: Gateway Canyons scales back more than past years

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Longtime employee Darrell Hendrickson of Nucla cleans in the hot rod shop at the Gateway Canyons Auto Museum. Hendrickson, who has worked at the museum since it opened, will be laid off for the first time through the winter.

Gateway Canyons Resort’s annual scaling back of services and hours for the winter will extend further this year, as resort officials adjust to the sluggish economy and a drop in tourist traffic.

The Gateway Auto Museum and the Adventure Center, which offers guided hikes and mountain-bike rides and all-terrain vehicle and Jeep tours, will be closed during the winter season, which runs from Nov. 14 through March 6. In previous years, those amenities were available five days a week during the winter, according to Tammy Anderson, director of lodging and guest experience for Gateway Canyons. The Auto Museum and Adventure Center will only be opened exclusively for groups.

“It’s just to match our needs,” Anderson said of the additional cuts in services.

The Spa at Gateway Canyons and the Entrada Restaurant, both newly opened this year, also will be shuttered during the winter.

Other facilities will cut back as well, as they have the past two winters.

The Paradox Grille and the Outpost General Store will be 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 by appointment only.

Resort operators traditionally use the off-peak winter season to make improvements. Last year, officials completed the Adventure Center and remodeled the guest reception area.

This winter, Anderson said Gateway Canyons founder John Hendricks expects to add some classic automobiles to the Auto Museum display.

Gateway Canyons opened in 2005 and has slowly expanded over the years. Mesa County commissioners earlier this year approved a concept plan that nearly triples the size of the resort by adding 416 acres featuring 340 homes and nearly 250,000 square feet of commercial space.


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