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
The location is scenic, remote, beautiful and relaxing. The staff does a great job of making you feel warm and welcome and the accommodations are fantastic. We had a small group of us travel there for off roading and had a terrific time. the women could spa while the men went off roading.
It's like they want to be high-end, but just haven't figured out how to...Most of the staff are friendly enough, but just not helpful and don't seem to know what's going on. Maybe going at the end of their season left us with whatever staff they could round up?
Key Issues: Rooms not ready upon afternoon arrival, complete lack of meeting room readiness (this was requested prior and they "couldn't seem to find the reservation"), only one restaurant open - poorly staffed, incorrect food orders, lack of knowledgeable staff ("I think someone else does that?")
Key Features: The surrounding landscape is nice, the rooms are nice/updated, the staff who know what they're doing are very accommodating/helpful
It was VERY quiet here during Thanksgiving, and even though our room was almost directly next to the highway, there was never more than one car a minute, or an hour sometimes. Outside, We could hear flocks of birds from the canyon walls, and voices carried an extraordinarily long distance.
However, this place is all about motors, so a summertime visit would probably provide a vastly different experience in that they offer high performance sports cars for rent, ATVs, and even helicopter tours from a landing pad adjacent to the main hotel. There is also an airstrip, and a shooting range. These activities were largely mothballed during our visit.
Pet friendly - The fact that they were very accommodating of our little dog was a big inducement for us to visit in the first place.
Our room was very nice. They have a wide range of room classes. Ours was basic, but spacious and with a small adobe style patio. The towels were supplied in a pretty penurious fashion, and a bit threadbare for a $300+ per night room, and I'm afraid I cannot report on how a 3 ounce bag of extra fancy peanuts in the snack tray could possibly be worth $10.
The staff is made up mostly of foreign study students from various countries, who are all friendly and earnest, but seem a little unsure of themselves. One feels bad about putting them on the spot, or complaining.
The thanksgiving buffet was not great. Mostly due to low food temperature, just like home. They had a system of cast iron kettles heated by sterno, just not enough. And the carvings were barely lukewarm.
For the rest of the meals with only one restaurant open, the menu was limited, and strangely, seemed unfamiliar to the wait staff. A couple of times, a pointed out detail of the menu appeared to be completely new information to our server.
The hiking is great, and the views beyond spectacular. You can book a guided one, or go on your own. They have trails right from the property that ascend to the canyons and overlooks. Several loops to choose from and the views are amazing. Wear good shoes and bring the complimentary water and toffee from your previous night's turn down service. We only encountered one other couple on one of our hikes, but it was a chilly day, and the trails are ridable, so you can probably expect to be stepping off the path to let mountain bikers pass during busier times, and the hiking trails intersect with well-traveled ATV trails. We didn't see any of that.
Their accounting system is a nightmare. We booked a package that was supposed to include two breakfasts and thanksgiving dinner for two, but all the time you are signing for drinks and tips, and the resulting final bill from a two night stay, and three meals was two pages of sub totals and miscellaneous entries. They encourage you to sign and work it out later. LOL.
Funny story. We may have caught the attention of management during thanksgiving dinner when we wanted to save a few small scraps of beef fat for Our little dog Lazer, but were very self conscious that they would think we were absconding with food. We are talking like two ounces of scrap at the most. Anyway, we must have looked obvious, because the comptroller of the resort came to the table to ask "how our dinner was".
We stayed with family members for the Thanksgiving weekend and were delghted with this amazing property, location, vibe and overall experience. We really enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner with the family and found our dining experiences at the Paradox restaurant to be excellent as well. What an amazing resort! Great staff and amazing location.
I booked this resort solely based on internet reviews and the resort site. No one I know has ever been there and it really is a true destination resort. I was somewhat worried about the remote location that we would not have enough to do or be satisfied with the food variety. Let me tell you, you have NOTHING to worry about. Gateway is a truly remarkable resort that has so many things to do you wish you would have made your stay longer. The food was absolutely delicious each and every meal was amazing. The service was top notch. The most remarkable thing to me was that the rooms felt like they were brand new. The shower was so impeccably clean that it looked like the tile was just laid. The tranquility and coziness of the room, without exaggeration, made you truly feel like you were home rather than a hotel room. The room even smelled good, it was above and beyond my expectations. If you are debating whether or not to stay here just book it you will NOT regret your decsion.