Southwest Colorado: Gateway Canyons Auto Museum
Southwest Colorado Vacation Stop on Your Way to Ouray
The farthest point from Ouray Colorado on the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway is the world class Gateway Auto Museum. This museum houses John S. Hendricks (founder and chairman of Discovery Communications) incredible automotive collection. There are at least 60 vehicles in the collection dating back to the late 1800s here and each one is in perfect condition. In the 30,000 square foot facility, at least 40 are on display at any one time. Most of the time, there are a couple of vehicles displayed outside the museum too!
The museum presents the exhibit in the form of a timeline to demonstrate the evolution and innovation of the american car for the last one hundred years. This museum pays tribute to the importance of the automobile on the American landscape. Each vehicle has been masterfully restored and stands as a work of art.
The cornerstone vehicle on display is a 1954 one-of-a-kind concept car, the Oldsmobile F-88, purchased at an automobile auction for nearly three million dollars, is the musuems highlight.
Multi-media presentations and vintage signs and displays throughout the museum provide context and history for the vehicles making this a very unexpected but delightful stop along this very remote scenic byway.
The museum is opened five days per week, Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Dedicate a minimum of one hour but, to absorb all the information and watch the videos, you will need at least two hours.