Gateway, Colorado

A scenic and remote valley in Western Colorado ...
February 2013 - Today I visited Gateway, Colorado, a small town in southwest Mesa County that's four miles east of the Utah state line. The drive on State Highway 141 is scenic and mountainous, and with a world-renowed auto museum in Gateway, I had my reason for a day trip.

For those who are classic car lovers and collectors, I do recommend the Gateway Auto Museum. The museum has about 100 excellent old cars in its collection, and all of my photos can be seen here.

Gateway, Colorado
Tall red rock cliffs stand dramatically over Gateway, Colorado.

Photos and commentary by Steve Garufi in Fruita, Colorado. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Gateway, Colorado


Only a few hundred people live in Gateway and the surrounding area on a year-round basis. There are hardly any services, other than an unattended gas station that takes plastic and what the Gateway Canyon Resorts offers with a restaurant, lodging and the auto museum.
Gateway Canyons Resort

Gateway, Colorado

Beautiful orange rock structures in Gateway.

TOP PHOTO: Taken in the Gateway Canyon Resort, as I stood in the auto museum's parking lot.

SECOND PHOTO: A massive vertical rock structure with the town of Gateway in the foreground.

From what I've heard, the scenic drive south of Gateway toward Naturita is very scenic. The red rock scenery is comparable to the stunning canyon drive from Cisco, Utah to Moab, Utah. I didn't have time to do that drive (I only traveled from Whitewater, CO to Gateway, CO), but I'll surely update this page when I explore that section.

Gateway Auto Museum

Gateway Auto Museum

1930 Duesenberg Model J

Gateway Colorado Auto Museum

I don't want to reduce Gateway to only one attraction, but truly, if you have a love of old cars, classic cars, muscle cars, etc., then a visit to this place is in order.

Adjacent are three photos of the museum. My seperate page dedicated to all of the photos I took on my visit is here: Gateway Auto Museum Photos.

In my opinion, the best cars in the collection:

  • 1906 Cadillac
  • 1930 Duesenberg
  • 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible

  • Colorado Mountain Scenery Mountain scenery as I traveled west on Highway 141 toward Gateway.

    Colorado Mountain Photo

    Two more mountain photos as I returned toward Whitewater and Grand Junction.

    I really must return on a sunnier day and do the entire drive to Naturita. Someday soon! :)

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