Gateway Auto MuseumDate: 5/27/2007
Type: Restaurant/Site seeing/tours
Miles from Grand Junction: Approx. 53 miles one way
Access: Passenger Car Friendly
Although the Gateway Auto Museum is an indoor attraction, I thought it would be fitting to add to my site. The trip to Gateway is a beautiful drive, there are plenty of places and things to see on the way there. The Museum is a little over an hours drive South from Grand Junction, CO. To get there you take highway 50 out of Grand Junction then turn south onto highway 141 which is the Unaweep-Tabaguache Scenic and Historic Byway.
As you pass through the winding canyons be sure to keep an eye out on the side of the road for bighorn sheep. We were fortunate enough to spot a herd of them just off of the road. Throughout the drive there are numerous pull offs that describe various rock formations and events that took place in these spectacular canyons. A little over halfway to Gateway on the left you will see the remains of Driggs Mansion which was built somewhere between 1914 and 1918. The walls of the building are sandstone cut from Mayflower Canyon and rising high in the sky behind the mansion is Thimble Rock.
The Gateway Auto Museum is part of the Gateway Canyon Resort. The museum is open 7 days a week excluding Christmas and some of the other major holidays. Once you get inside you will be treated to some of the nicest and perfectly restored automobiles I have ever seen all the way from a 1906 Cadillac H coupe to a 2006 custom Mustang “Stallion”. The highlight of the museum of course is the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept car. The car is one of only two confirmed made and is the only one left. The F-88 was purchased by John Hendricks at the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Arizona for a record 3.2 million dollars.
The resort has a couple nice restaurants you can eat at as well as a grocery store and of course lodging. There are a multitude of things you can enjoy if you plan on visiting Gateway such as horseback riding, offroad tours, hiking and rock climbing to name a few. Click on this link to see a list of their activities.
If you like cars or just want to get away and have some fun this would be a great place to go.