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
- 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
My husband and I wanted a bit of a retreat to celebrate our 5th anniversary and our stay at Gateway Canyons delivered! We live in Denver but until a few months ago had not heard of this resort or explored this part of our state. We are so glad we visited and it was a perfect 4 night stay/weekend! We found a great balance between relaxing and being active. That’s what is wonderful about the resort - you really can be as active as you’d like, but there are perfect facilities if you simply need time at the pool and spa.
August is certainly a very hot time of year to visit, daily temps reached nearly 100f! I’m guessing it’s a little quieter at this time but some days it truly felt we had the resort to ourselves. Given that folks are out exploring each day, I’m sure that’s key to making this feel more intimate.
We were pleased with all of the meals - we dined at Paradox several times, Entrada daily for breakfast and one anniversary dinner. We wanted to have Dueseys for lunch but our fault for not paying attention to the fact it is only open Thursday- Sunday. Next time! Alex, the sommelier at Entrada was helpful and personable. (Thanks for suggestions on wineries to visit In Palisade! You didn’t steer us wrong!). Other shout outs to Igor, Joe, Julia, Alyson, Jonah who were always so friendly and eager to please! We appreciated the attention! The staff are clearly trained to engage and be attentive, even grounds crew would wave or say hello as you walked by. (The only big miss was during dinner at Entrada one night when ground crew was pressure washing the side walk immediately beside the restaurant- not a nice thing to listen to when you are spending $200+ for dinner and sitting out on the patio trying to enjoy peaceful atmosphere! They did move along after our server asked them to stop!)
We enjoyed the spa - a special treat on our anniversary day and it was a lovely way to relax and rejuvenate! Worth the expense!
In terms of activities, we opted for a 3.5 mile hike from the resort. Trails are easily marked and it was fun to hike up the Mesa for a birds eye view of the resort. We also did an afternoon horseback ride - so super hot, but we had a fun time with Andrea as our guide. Biggin’ and Granite cooperated. And if I never meet another cowboy again, I at least know that I’ve met one of the most authentic cowboys ever- Brian, you were gracious in answering all of our questions about cowboy lifestyle and heritage!
We also took advantage of the resort activities that are included - the cowboy talk around the fire, the beer tasting with Greg and the cruiser bikes for use getting around. Only request... more yoga classes! I didn’t want a private one but would have participated in others but the timing was pretty limited.
And lastly, if you can swing it... book a casita! heaven!! We truly felt as if we had a little private oasis, and it was so very special! Comfy beds, well appointed bathroom, living room and patio. And that outdoor shower... OMG!
Thank you to the entire team for helping make our anniversary weekend special! We’ll be back!!
This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and I've travelled all over the world. The property is lush and green and well maintained, with stunning views of red rock formations, canyons and mountains in every direction. The photos do not do justice to the beauty and majesty of this place.
We were there in July and because the resort is small (~70 rooms) we felt like we were on a private vacation with the resort almost to ourselves, which we really liked. It's perfect for a romantic getaway for people who want some adventure activities, beautiful scenery, privacy and seclusion. It would also be a fabulous place for a destination wedding or a high-end business retreat.
I had never been to Gateway, but I planned to propose to my fiancee at the resort, and I was not disappointed! The staff were proactive, accommodating, timely in all communications leading up to our visit, and executed all of our plans perfectly. Their enthusiasm for us was icing on the cake.
My fiancee uses a wheelchair, and I can say firsthand that the resort is fully accessible, including many of the adventure center activities. The staff at the adventure center were very creative and accommodating in helping me plan activities that my fiancee could participate in. One of the highlights for us was a UTV trip up above Delores River....the 360 degree views were fantastic.
Our room exceeded our expectations. We stayed in the accessible Kiva Signature room with private hot tub and indoor Kiva fireplace. It was spacious and featured a beautiful view of the Palisades rock formation. They offered to upgrade us to a newer similar room which we viewed and liked very much, but the Kiva Signature was so nice we just stayed there.
We dined at the Paradox Grille (good) and Entrada restaurants (excellent) for breakfast and dinner several times. We also experienced a private dinner prepared by the Entrada chef which was out of this world good. The wine sommelier did a phenomenal job selecting wines for each course of our meal. My fiancee is gluten free, and the restaurants were able to meet this need when requested.
I could go on and on. This was one of the best vacations ever, not just because it is where I proposed to my now fiancee (she said yes!) but because Gateway Canyons Resort is THAT special!
Spectacular views , great relaxing ! Restaurant”s were great! , hiking , biking very walkable! Pool was very nice!
Spa was nice , Had a hot rocks massage was very relaxing ! Views were picturesque, a great place to rewind and renew !!
I love this place. I like things off the beaten path, luxurious and quiet. You are all that and more. The staff was great. Our room huge with a private patio and hot tub. Brian was the best massages therapist and Amanda was the best wrangler at palisades ranch. I loved my horse Granite and our picnic lunch on top of the mountain was ideal. The food was outstanding. We will be back! Thank you for a wonderful stay
Do not for one moment think that Gateway is anything but a five star resort .. it isn’t ..
My problem is that because the property was in a quiet period they tried to cut corners on things and that’s just wrong when you consider the nearest alternative for absolutely anything is 45 miles away. For two of the four nights we were there one of the only two restaurants were open . I like a choice .. That’s poor.. Also the pool bar was shut for one day . I like a beer at a bar and not having to ring a number and someone brings it out from somewhere .. it’s 100 degrees guys really ! There were other problems we had not worth mentioning here but for what we paid it didn’t add up to what we got. The staff here were absolutely amazing however .. no blame attached here .. A great mix .. all on an internment . Hope you all progress to achieve great things .
So please think about my comments Gateway .. It’s an on hand observation .. It matters .