Gateway Canyons, one hour southwest of Grand Junction, Colo., has opened the Palisade Event Center and the Mission Bell Amphitheater. The Palisade Event Center, named after the landform that dominates the skyline of the area, offers almost 12,000 square feet of interior and exterior space for events. The recently completed facility features the Grand Hall with the Sunset Atrium for up to 300 people, the Old Sage Boardroom, a 56-seat HD theater, the Storyteller Library, and the Paint Horse art studio. The Entrada Restaurant and Lounge is scheduled to open in May 2010.

The Mission Bell Amphitheater adjacent to the Palisade Event Center is an outdoor stage and seating venue that holds up to 300 people for plays, lectures, music concerts, and special events.

Gateway Canyons was created by the founder of the Discovery Channel, John Hendricks, who envisioned a location that appeals to the mind and body. Visitors to Gateway Canyons have their choice of lodging accommodations at either the Dolores River Inn or the deluxe Kiva Lodge. The 54 upscale units have easy access to a large outdoor swimming pool, spa services, and an in-house Adventure Center that can arrange hiking, biking, horseback riding, all-terrain vehicle rental, kayaking, rock climbing, and river rafting.