It’s always fun to take a road trip. One that’s not too far from home. Just far enough to feel like you are going somewhere…but not so far that your sore from being on the road all day. I’ve been hearing about Gateway Canyons Resort for some time now and was eager to make the trek. This land of natural beauty is located not too far from my home in Telluride, Colorado. Thanks to my friend Natalie, Gateway was where she chose to celebrate her birthday with all of us. It was my time to pack up the car & explore. Breaks come when you need them & this was a welcomed one.
A group of us packed our bags and wanderlust spirits and made our trek out to Gateway from our high mountain town Telluride.
The drive from Telluride to Gateway is roughly 2.5 hours. Surrounded by National Parks and wide open roads, the views along the way are epic. If you love taking photos like I do than leave some time for pit stops along the way, such as this old Mobil station that was converted into a diner.
Once you arrive at the resort you have entered into another land. Giant red rocks surround you in all directions. The grass, cactus & landscape glows in technicolor green, with plenty of areas to run like the wind. The blues from the sky and the pool dance against the other colors in this brightly hued palette.
My experience at Gateway was blissful, relaxing and the ultimate retreat. As you can see from my photos you become small in comparison, yet empowered surrounded by all this nature.
The resort is secluded in one of the most beautiful parts of the USA, but offers many activities to suit all styles. Some options include helicopter air tours, horseback riding, mountain biking, skeet shooting, yoga and more. They have all the gear, so you can travel that much lighter. You can be as rugged or chill as you wish. I always love a combo of both. After adventurous activity you can jump over to the spa for head to toe relaxation.
There are many choices for delicious dining when on the property. From poolside casual at Cantina to more elegant at Estrada. There are also a few lodging options, I stayed in a suite, a super comfy and grand scale room that was decadent for just me and is perfect for a couple. There are also casitas which are beautiful and super luxe if you have a few more people or want to throw a little red rocks soiree. The southwestern decor is rustic and very comfortable.
A great surprise is the classic car museum that is located on the property. Even if a giant vintage car collection isn’t your thing…go inside. It’s a walk through history, the cars are impeccable and the entire collection is eye candy. You will dream of touring the canyon roads in one of these beauties. Speaking of which, Gateway has a luxury car collection that you can tour around the canyon lands in. They call this Driven Experiences, where you can drive around in your dream car for the day.
Gateway is a destination worth checking out for a family, girl’s trip, guys trip or romantic getaway. There is plenty of room to spread out, so you don’t feel like your tranquility is at risk of the other guests. Blissful indeed.
Contact the resort here for more info & to book your special red rocks adventure in the heart of the Colorado wild west.