Gateway Canyons Resort, A Noble House Resort
What We Love
- Small enough that you can truly feel like you’re away from it all
- Family-friendly amenities like a game room and kids’ activities
- Mix of traditional — hiking, horseback riding — and more unusual activities like horse painting and wagon driving
- Green infrastructure like geothermal heating and cooling
What To Know
- A 10 percent hotel resort fee per night will be collected at Jetsetter checkout
- The closest big town, Grand Junction, is a little over an hour away
- Nightlife may consist of a glass of wine by the fireplace
- The resort sometimes hosts large conference groups at its event center
- During the winter months, only one restaurant is open
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set in the breathtakingly beautiful Unaweep Canyon in far-western Colorado, Gateway Canyons, A Noble House Resort adds a touch of quirk — the chance to see dinosaur footprints, visit a world-class vintage-car museum — to the traditional roster of outdoorsy activities. Built in 2005 by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, whose own ranch is nearby, the resort is more Sedona-esque than Rocky Mountain, with adobe buildings and a backdrop of red-rock cliffs, particularly striking against a cobalt sky.
Bed and Bath
Kiva rooms in the 38-unit, two-story Kiva Lodge are generously sized and furnished in a Southwestern-style mix of rustic wood, leather, and Native American-inspired fabrics. They have granite wet bars, mini-fridges, HD televisions, and either a king bed or two queens. Deluxe and Premium rooms also have kiva-style gas fireplaces and, if on ground level, private patios with an outdoor hot tub.
Staying at the resort is a real getaway (the nearest “town,” Gateway, has about 60 residents) but there’s an appealing mix of outdoor and indoor recreation and entertainment for adults and kids, such as hiking, scenic flight tours and horseback riding. The resort keeps horses at its own stables, a beautiful facility 14 miles to the north where you can take a riding lesson or learn to drive a horse-drawn wagon, and on the main grounds, where many winter trail rides begin. Relax later with a massage or facial at the spa. Also onsite? Firepits, two pools, two hot tubs, a poolside cafe and bar and three restaurants offering a mix of Colorado and southwestern cuisine.
In the Area
Even if you’re not a car buff, don’t miss the auto museum with 45 American classics, exhibit spaces themed by decade and an introductory video narrated by Walter Cronkite. It’s like a slice of the Smithsonian in the Colorado high desert. Hop an eight-passenger Cessna Caravan from the resort’s landing strip for an awe-inspiring air tour of the western Colorado/eastern Utah landscape, which could include flying over Canyonlands National Park or even visiting Vail or Aspen. In the winter, take a four-passenger helicopter to Telluride ski area, 40 minutes away. The heli drops you off on the mountain, and from there you’ll ski down to the lifts. Grand Junction, about an hour’s drive away, is a hub of Colorado’s wine country, with nearly 20 wineries and vineyards offering tastings and tours.
How to Get There
I have nothing but great things to say about this place. Yes, it was pricey, but worth every penny. We experienced none of the negative remarks indicated by some previous reviewers. The resort itself and the grounds are well maintained, the staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was exquisite. We tried both restaurants on the premises and each had great wait staff and delicious food. We did not try the pools, but they looked very inviting. The roads leading to and away (towards Utah) are extremely scenic.
The property has potential and the location is fantastic, but when you pay $500/night you expect more, much more. We were celebrating an anniversary, could have ruined everything, but we decided that money is not that important.. otherwise I would be crying until now. There were several issues:
- room was not clean. Plenary of spider webs everywhere..
- restaurants are terrible and service not much better. Just an example.. ordered eggs and hash browns, specifically because we wanted hash browns and we even order separately eggs and a side of hash browns... came with potatoes. When asked the server she said, “Yeah, we changed the menu!”.. couldn’t you have told us when we ordered? $13 for eggs and potatoes, not even a piece of bread?? And $9 for coffee that was horrible.
- We paid $500 a night and not even breakfast is included? I stay in $100 hotels that have better breakfast for free
- $500 a night and not even a bottle of water in the room??
- ordered a cheese plate one day. It was good and had a peach sweet/spice salsa that was quite tasty. Ordered the next day because we liked it... was not the same!!!
- picking up leaves is also not necessary...
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. I found out that the hotel is for sale, don’t know if that’s the cause or the consequence.. whoever buys it has a lot to do to change the expectations.. I don’t think I’ll try it again.
The beds are the most comfortable I have experienced in a hotel.There are many activities available at the resort. But, it is also a great place to unwind with a couple of pools and great views.
It is located away from any city or town along the Deloris River.