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Curiosity Learning Center

Home to a diverse array of archeological information, Gateway Canyons is full of history!

Find out what makes Gateway Canyon's red rocks red (it's not what you think!) and why the Palisade, which is 4.5 miles long even though it looks much smaller, is called a palisade and not a butte. Discover gold, dig into an old uranium mine or join a dinosaur dig site for a day. You can do all that and so much more through our Curiosity Learning Center.

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Red Rocks Interpretive Center

Gateways are where the planet opens up to tell its story – John Hendricks 
If you have questions about the amazing area in which Gateway Canyons is located, you're not alone! Many people come here and wonder at the red rocks, the mesas and the pillars of rock that make up the backdrop of our awe-inspiring location. 

Learn about our gateway, the 5 canyons that surround us and the history of the region. You can dig up dinosaurs, discover a uranium mine, look for gold or see 1,000-year-old rock art. You can do all of this and so much more when you come to visit Gateway Canyons. 

If hiking to find history, nature and man's inventions isn't your idea of relaxation, we also have lectures and informational sessions about everything too! From following in the footsteps of dinosaurs to ancient astronomy to the uranium boom to the history of Gateway, you can learn about whatever interests you. 

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Curiosity Retreats

It is human nature to be curious. 
Over the course of our evolution, it is that same curiosity that has fueled invention, innovation and progress. The mission of Curiosity Retreats is to create a unique forum where the lifelong curious can gather to explore in-depth the great questions of today. Providing exclusive, intimate access to eminent visionaries, scholars and trendsetters, the retreats allow these luminary contributors to inspire one another and our participants on topics ranging from the mysteries of the Universe to the future of technology. 

We typically hold retreats twice a year. You can always find more information about the current retreat, including lectures, luminaries, activities on the Curiosity Retreat website. Our retreats have included topics as far reaching as neuroscience, astronomy, genetics, humanity and lessons from the Presidents. Speakers include such icons of knowledge as Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sean Carroll and Alan Stern.





Curator of Curiosity

Zebulon Miracle is the Curator of Curiosity for Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, located in the stunning canyon country at the foot of the Uncompahgre Plateau. The mission of the Curator of Curiosity is to enable guests and visitors to see, hear and experience first hand, the natural and man-made wonders of western Colorado. Zebulon is uniquely qualified to guide curious guests on fascinating journeys of both history and geology. A native of western Colorado with History and Anthropology degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Zebulon comes to Gateway after serving as Curator of Anthropology, Collections Manager and Curator of Cross Orchards Historic Site at the Museum of Western Colorado. 

Zebulon’s passion is connecting people with the lands, cultures, history, and heritage of the American Southwest. He has guided numerous tours domestically and internationally but Zebulon’s focus on Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico has allowed hundreds to marvel at the cultural history of places such as Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and dozens of rock art sites. Closer to Gateway, Zebulon has worked with historic preservation projects at Calamity Camp (a National Register of Historic Places-listed uranium camp), the Hanging Flume (a site that has been recognized by the World Monument Fund), and Driggs Mansion on the Uncompahgre-Tabeguche Scenic Byway.