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ADVENTURE: Don't count Gateway out come winter

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Driving along Colorado's historic byway 141 through Unaweep Canyon, the arid yet awe-inspiring landscape gives little hint of what's to come an hour southwest of Grand Junction. After miles of cattle land, an occasional house and plenty of sheer rock cliffs, Gateway Canyons Resort seemingly pops up from nowhere, an adobe mecca for pleasure seekers complete with fine dining, its own movie theater, horseback riding, a spa, yoga, guided adventure trips, and a helicopter.With a variety of activities meant to satisfy anyone's idea of fun, luxury and relaxation, Gateway is a hidden gem with the capacity to fulfill many tastes. And what better way to experience it than to visit during off season. Winter rates offer more for less, there's still plenty of activities to enjoy - think chocolaty s'mores under the stars, sitting around a fire pit with friends, spa treatments, the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, and don't forget hiking -and you'll feel like king of your very own castle. Plus, if you already live in the Grand Valley, it's convenient even for a one-night getaway with your sweetheart.Reserving a Signature room with its own outdoor hot tub is definitely recommended, too! That way you can soak outside morning, noon and night in comfort and privacy. Then, don a plush robe for some lounging.Note: Gateway's large, outdoor pool is closed for the season. There's still an outdoor hot tub available, however, for those who don't reserve a room with its own.Fine-dining options run rampant if you visit Gateway's signature restaurant, The Entrada. (Here's a tip: Try the venison and the lamb sausage!) There's also tasty dining options at the Paradox Grill, where a delicious, full breakfast is additionally served. Just remember, during the off-season dining is offered in a limited capacity (think Wednesday through Saturday). Dinner reservations will not be taken Sunday, Monday or Tuesday evenings. For the holidays (including Christmas and New Years) both restaurants will be open seven days a week from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1.With limited hours dedicated to other enjoyable activities - like the stables and yoga - it's advisable to call ahead to schedule your trip to coincide with your desired activities. Of course, hiking and simply enjoying the unique scenery (weather permitting) are always available.The resort will follow its winter-season schedule through April 1, 2013. Visit for a more complete winter calendar, including special events.

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