Gateway hot spot for classic cars, canyons

An amphitheater at Gateway Canyons with the Palisades in the backgound.



An amphitheater at Gateway Canyons with the Palisades in the backgound.

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Gateway Canyons resort also has a spa and salon, a venue for weddings and several spacious and luxurious hotel rooms, some with their own hot tubs.



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Gateway Canyons resort also has a spa and salon, a venue for weddings and several spacious and luxurious hotel rooms, some with their own hot tubs.

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The Auto Museum at the Gateway Resort.



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The Auto Museum at the Gateway Resort.

By Charles Ashby
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The state’s official tourism website says this about Gateway:

“A general store, cafe and tiny motel mark one of Colorado’s westernmost communities…”

Guess they haven’t been there in awhile.

The community located along the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway, Colorado Highway 141, has become so much more in recent years thanks to a recent expansion and remodeling of the high-end Gateway Canyons Resort.

Sure, day visitors still can see Gateway’s small-town charm, visit the ever-popular Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum or take a bike ride or hike around the canyons there.

But for those who want to spend more time, the resort offers everything from fine dining to romantic getaways to fancy meeting spaces.

Guests can even fish, go horseback riding, snowshoeing or mountain biking depending on the time of year.

One of Gateway Canyons’ restaurants, Entrada, offers such fare as bison Capaccio, Palisade port-poached pears with goat cheese and Colorado striped bass.

The resort also has a spa and salon, a venue for weddings and several spacious and luxurious hotel rooms, some with their own hot tubs.

Deluxe rooms at the resort’s Kiva Lodge boasts 485 square feet of space, each with their own wet bars.

This month, the resort opened even more rooms in its newly built Kayenta Lodge.

For those who just want to take a day trip, Gateway offers views unmatched elsewhere in the region with the red sandstone of Unaweep Canyon.

The Dolores River also runs through the area, where rafters can experience whitewater thrills through Paradox Canyon.

And for those who don’t want to walk or ride or raft, and would rather blow things up, there’s always the annual Dynamite Shoot in October and sponsored by the Gateway-Unaweep Fire Department.

With nearly 200 shoots and 170 charges exploded, it’s a real blast.

For information on Gateway Canyons Resort, go to http://www.gatewaycanyons.com

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