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
First of all, resort advertises 5 restaurants we had access to 1 “restaurant” the “fancy” restaurant was not opened Sunday and Monday ????♀️, there is a cafe/store opened for coffee and muffins from 7-3, there is a trailer that sells hotdogs beside a general store 1/4 mile out of the resort opened until 4. My husbands straw hat was stolen. He had it on in the one restaurant we ate lunch at, we believe he left it there the first day we were here, never saw it again. Room was not cleaned, went down to front desk and they sent someone up while we were sitting there. Beautiful setting, extremely understaffed but the staff that was there were wonderful. Lastly the first thing we saw when we entered our room and every time we walked in was a large stain by the bed. This is a month long trip thru Colorado on to Hyatt Place in Moab. Stay tuned.
Very nice place , good food, nice bedrooms, nice pools
Bad: weighters and front desk employees where bad staff, bad lighting
However, overall experience nice, had a fun time and relaxed a lot. Loved this vacation
We traveled here for a big family trip, and the staff is really fantastic. The place was not very crowded when we were there, which was great for us. The casitas are gorgeous (and they do provide Pack n Plays), and we had the pool almost to ourselves for a full week. Everyone on staff is so friendly and accommodating and that really tips the scale, IMO. We rented bikes and did a few excursions (though we had a rented car that we took to Arches because their excursion fee for that was bananas) and really had a lot of fun here. We were all-inclusive, and we've done many all inclusive resorts before, and this one was puzzling because you still got a bill you had to sign? We've never done that before at any all inclusive resort. It made the process a little confusing, though not unnavigable. We did the dino tracks hike and the geology hike, both of which were very well done and good for kids. The restaurants do not have very variable menus but the food is delicious so hard to argue. Ultimately it is a gorgeous resort in beautiful surroundings with very accommodating staff.