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February 6, 2017updated Jul 14, 2017

Spa of the Week: Gateway Canyons

By Olivia Cuccaro

By Olivia Cuccaro

Gateway Spa

Personal goals set for the New Year often require a little extra inspiration to achieve once February rolls around. Wellness retreats in refreshing places are a fantastic way to simplify the path to a healthy lifestyle.

Beginning February 17, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa will hold a Winter Wellness Weekend of classes, spa treatment specials, outdoor activities, yoga and runs to get you to your best self. Found in Unaweep Canyon and just an hour southwest of Grand Junction and two hours from the Moab Desert, Gateway Canyons is ideal for adventure and respite-seekers alike. In its second year, the wellness event invites guests to find their center amidst the breathtaking red rock canyons of Colorado.

Each morning, health and wellness experts will host seminars for guests to attend before venturing off. Speakers will include Kristina Sampson, a holistic health coach and the founder of the Vail Diet; Jill Burchmore, owner of healthy living company 180 Wellness; and Dr. Robert Kramer, PHD, a national guest lecturer and certified life coach focused on meditation and hypnotherapy.

Outdoor dining area

Following the talks, guests can spend the day embracing the stunning nature encircling Gateway Canyons with a variety of outdoor pursuits. Then, unwind from the day’s activities at the full-service Gateway Spa (at a 20 percent discount for the weekend) offering massages, body treatments, facials and nail services. The spa has four treatment rooms, a sauna, hot tub and eucalyptus steam room. It’s always a treat when a spa offers treatments unique to their location and Gateway Canyons doesn’t disappoint. The Blooming Cactus Body Ritual includes a “stimulating prickly pear cactus” gel wrap followed by a relaxing scalp or foot therapy massage. For the event, the aesthetician will provide a complimentary customized, hands-on experience with Elemis products.


For your stay, we recommend the Stargazer Casitas. Spanning 1,650 sq ft, the Stargazer Casitas feature a master bedroom with king-sized bed, large bath with outdoor garden shower, walk-in closet, TV and fireplace. The spacious living room includes a fireside sitting area, TV, dining room table, desk, wet bar, mini fridge and additional bathroom. Living up to its name, the Casita’s loft boasts an outdoor terrace, telescope for stargazing, sitting area with sleeper sofa and an outdoor patio with fire pit. End each day of rejuvenation with an unparalleled view of the Colorado night sky. Rates for the Stargazer Casitas begin at $1,144 per night during Winter Wellness Weekend.

The Winter Wellness Weekend package will take place from February 17-20, 2017. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is located at 43200 Colorado 141, Gateway, CO 81522. For more information, please call +1 877 673 4733 or visit

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