Hiking & Climbing

Find your ultimate experience in the high desert or in the canyons.

Hike into the surrounding canyons and high desert Ponderosa Pine forests on expert led guided hikes or use our adventure maps for a self-guided experience of a lifetime.

Find your ultimate experience in the high desert or in the canyons.

Hike into the surrounding canyons and high desert Ponderosa Pine forests on expert led guided hikes or use our adventure maps for a self-guided experience of a lifetime.

Hike near Gateway Canyon Resort

Hiking & Climbing

Whether heading out into the vast high-desert landscape or meandering along the resort grounds, you’ll find a hiking adventure to suit your interest and ability. While here, take a leisurely hike through desert ranch land or get your heart pumping with a climb to the top of the Palisade for a spectacular view of the world.

Expert led hiking tours are offered as half- and full-day journeys. Self-guided/hiking experiences are charted on adventure maps for guests. 

For more information and prices, contact our concierge:
970-931-2778

Girls Hiking near Gateway Canyon Resort

Hiking

Juanita Arch Hike 
A favorite among Gateway Canyons staff, this is a multi-sport trip beginning with a canoe trip across the Dolores River. You’ll then cross through Maverick Canyon to Juanita Arch, a beautiful natural bridge. This is rugged canyon country, with an out and back trip of about five miles taking 5 to 7 hours. Guides promise cool surprises along the way. This is a hike that will test your endurance.

Level of Difficulty
Intermediate 50%

Gateway Canyon Hikes 

Traveling through the canyon for which Gateway Canyons is named, you will learn cultural and historical background of the area during this hike. Using game trails as their path, most of the hike is in open desert canyon terrain, with gradual elevation gains. Other popular hikes in the trail network include Lumsden Canyon and Cutler Trail.

Level of Difficulty
Easy 25%
Man rock climbing near Gateway Canyons Resort

Climbing

Climb to the top of the landmark Palisade rock formation or set a course in Unaweep Canyon. We will provide you with transportation, guidance and instruction on the route as well as climbing shoes, ropes and a harness. Our rock-climbing destinations often require some hiking to access the route, sometimes through technical scree fields. The climbing itself consists of moderate pitches of no more than 30 feet vertical. While our rock-climbing program is not designed for the novice climber, we do offer alternate excursions appropriate for a beginner. Just give us a call and we can find the perfect spot for you.

Level of Difficulty
intermediare 40%
Level of Difficulty
Advance 70%