Never Goodbye, Just So Long For Now

It’s been a wild ride folks, but after 44 years living and working in Durango, andglenwood springs summer three and a half years working for Gateway Reservations, my family and I are off to explore other horizons.  As my soon-to-be former boss Bruce Moss says, “Living the Dream.” Tomorrow is my last day here at Gateway, and it is a bitter sweet moment for me. Not only will I miss the great people I work with, but all of the fantastic activities that I will not have at my door step.  The Durango & Silverton Railroad, riding through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Soaring Tree Top Adventures, I never thought I would be soaring through the Ponderosa Pines at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. Rafting down the Animas River in high rapids or just taking a lazy float trip on a hot late summer day. Jeeping at 12, 000 feet above Silverton, high above the tree line and being able to see as far as the eye can see.  I will really miss taking a drive by myself up to Mesa Verde National Park and rediscovering the amazing cliff dwellings while the wild mustangs run in the distance. Or snow shoeing on all the area trails while the snow lightly falls and then warming back up at Trimble Hot Springs.  Durango will always be my first home and I know I can come back and visit anytime my family and I feel the need. If you would like to experience any of these activities I experienced since childhood, then I encourage you to contact Gateway Reservations, right now! Don’t hesitate! Durango and the surrounding areas are just as wonderful as I have described, if not more! Not Goodbye, Just so long for now. Cheers!

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Hey Durango! The Fair Has Arrived!

I love all the events at the fair, however I mostly love the food! Where else can you get away with eating curly fries smothered in cheese sauce and green chili with a side of half a turkey leg? Lets not forget all the animals! The beautiful, and can I say “well groomed” cows, the just washed look of the rabbits and roosters, the soft and fuzzy new born lambs. I am always in awe of the 4H exhibits; the prize winning vegetables, and the arts & crafts.  These kids are amazing to say the least. The fair starts TODAY, August 7th and runs through Sunday,August 11th. There is still time to get here to Durango, stay the weekend and experience the best events! Call Gateway Reservations for last minute lodging options and have one of our agents help you with some fun discounted packages as well. laplata county fair

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Jeep Tours in the San Juans

Looking for another great way to cool off and enjoy the beautiful mountains in the Durango area?judysphoto  Last weekend we gave relatives from the desert of Phoenix a great adventure in the cool San Juan Mountains. We started in Durango and took the fabulous Million Dollar Highway north to Silverton, an interesting old mining town.  We then took part of the Alpine Loop that takes you over Engineer Mt Pass (at 12,700 feet you truly feel as though you are on top of the world!) and down into the tiny mountain town of Ouray.   Along with the incrediable views,  we enjoyed the beautiful wild flowers, wildlife and passing through the remains of many old mining sites.  Don’t have your own 4X4 vehicle? – Not a problem! There are plenty of jeep tours to choice from in the area.  Make your visit to our area even more memorable with a stay at the lovely historic General Palmer Hotel in Durango – one of my favorite places to stay in town.  Also enjoy a night in Silverton at another great historic hotel, the Grand Imperial.  When you’re ready for an adventure please call one of our knowledgeable agents at Gateway Reservations and we’ll be happy to help!

 

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Durango Named One of Top 5 Places Every American Should See

downtown durangoExcited to see that yet again, Durango has received some fantastic recognition for being one of 5 places that every American should visit! The Today Show on NBC recently did a piece on their top 5 picks of beautiful places that every person should see and we couldn’t agree more!

Check out the story below and make sure to make Durango a stop on your next great adventure in America! Let us help you plan your vacation to Durango and find the perfect fit for your lodging and activities to match your budget and interests.

Call us to plan your next amazing Durango adventure today at 800-828-4228!

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What a Cool Down This Was!

Doesn’t this look refreshing? There is nothing like ending a hot summer day with a exhilarating raft trip on our famous and beautiful Animas River.  raft 6My daughter and I hooked up with Durango Rivertrippers yesterday and had the best time ever.  Our guide was very professional, knowledgeable, and funny. The family we rode with were visiting from Oklahoma and had not been to the mountains before, let alone on a river rafting trip. After learning I am a life-long local and work for Gateway Reservations, they had all kinds of questions on other activities they could enjoy while visiting our beautiful area. By the time I was done I think I had them talked into 4-wheeling to our ghost towns, going to a show at the Henry Strater Theatre Melodrama, and having a relaxing evening at Fox Fire Farms.  If you would like to experience all of these activities and more, why not give us a call? We can set you up with a Southwestern trip of a life time. Discounted lodging, activities, and great LOCAL customer service! See you on the river!

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Gateways New Look

1980s KitchenAs we get ready to enter our 26th year of serving the visitors to Durango and the greater Southwest, Gateway Reservations is excited to show off our brand new look!  After many years with the quintessential aspen tree logo, we decided that we needed to get with the times and take on a fresh new look to match our long history of destination vacation planning services.  After all, most of us don’t still have the same look in the kitchen as we did in 1986 right?!

So after much deliberation, time, and development, we have a brand new look and feel for the Gateway Reservations brand.  Drumroll please….

Gateway Reservationsb- Now You're Going Places...

We think that this logo does a great job of communicating the wide variety of services that we provide, encompassing the mountain destinations that are our homes and the feeling of putting your mark on the map with the iconic map marker feel!  As your one-stop-shop for all of your Southwestern destination planning, whether you want to plan a quick romantic weekend getaway, you want a luxurious vacation to get away from it all, or you are looking for a family friendly vacation to create memories to last a lifetime, Gateway Reservations will help you go places!

Tell us what you think!

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Spring is Finally Here

So yes, it is snowing today, April 9. However that is spring time in Colorado for you. The daffodils are blooming, the grass is turning green, the birds are singing and we think its a great time to visit Durango! springIn less then one month the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad will start it’s 2013 summer excursions.  Soon after the snow will be melting rapidly in the San Juans and the Animas river will be willing us to hop aboard her rapids  for some much anticipated spring time water fun. The ATV’s and Jeeps are coming out of their winter slumber ready to tackle the back country trails in the majestic Weminuche wilderness.    Why not give Gateway Reservations a call and let our travel experts design the perfect spring itinerary for you. We have the perfect discounted packages to meet all your needs and your budget.  Don’t let the snow fool you, spring is here and it’s time for some fun in the warm sun!

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Durango – One of the Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns in North America

Named One of North Americas Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns by National Geographic

North Americas Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns by National Geographic

We always love to hear that Durango is back in the news for gaining yet another ski honor!   National Geographic has just named Durango one of the Top 10 Emerging Ski Towns in North America!  In publication known for understanding what makes a world-class destination, National Geographic noted that Durango’s friendly, unpretentious atmosphere mixed with a variety of outdoor adventure makes it a perfect place for families to enjoy epic skiing and snowboarding on a trip that won’t break the bank.  Our actual award from the  story was for being the “Best For: Budget-minded families with multisport inclinations and a taste for the Southwest.”

There is no better way to experience this than with Gateway Reservations.  We will help you customize your itinerary with big discounts on skiing, such as our Buy 3 Get 4 package or our Ski Durango package, as well as adding discounts to your other Southwest adventures.  For example, make more out of your trip with a snowmobiling adventure through the San Juan backcountry and then top off the day with a soak at Trimble Hot Springs, apres ski!

Visit our site or call one of our friendly travel experts at 800.828.4228 today and start planning your next trip to one of North America’s top emerging Ski Towns in Durango, CO!

 

 

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Durango – Most Affordable Ski Vacation In North America

Well, Durango is back in the news for being one of the best ski values on the continent!

Trip Advisor recently completed the Trip Advisor Index: Ski index for 2012 / 13 and we are excited to see something that we actually already knew… Durango is one of the best ski values in the world and the #1 value in North America!  When looking at the total package of what it costs for a hotel stay, lifts, rentals, a meal and, most importantly, a beer – Durango was by far the best value and most affordable at an easy going average price of only $209.65!

The Sacramento Bee is also touting Durango’s overall excellence in their coverage of the Trip Advisor announcement.

As you already know, Gateway Reservations offers Durango’s absolute best ski packages!  So visit our Durango Ski Package page today or call a friendly travel expert at 800.828.4228 and take advantage of North America’s best value today!

 

 

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Congratulations To Our Ski Free Promo Winner

How many contests have we entered in our lives where we never hear about a winner and find it hard to believe that they ever gave anything away at all?  How often have I said to myself, ” I never win anything?”  Well, sometimes it’s true – but just sometimes, there are contests with real winners!

So we wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Kelsey H. on winning our recent free ski package giveaway!  She will enjoy a free 2 night stay in Durango along with 2 days on the slopes at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort for 2 adults.

Even if you didn’t win this time, don’t worry, we will have more chances to win your free trip this winter…  Stay tuned to our blog and like us on Facebook to make sure that you don’t miss your chance to win!

 

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