Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa hires new general manager

Stephen Johnson has more than a decade of executive-level experience

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, a world-class destination in the heart of the American West, has appointed Stephen Johnson as general manager. Johnson has more than a decade of executive-level experience with expertise in strategic leadership, hotel and resort development, operations, sales, marketing, and revenue management. He will be responsible for all guest and hotel associate experiences at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, as well as the financial success of the property.

“As a seasoned hospitality professional with exceptional experience, Stephen is the ideal candidate to join our elite team of hospitality professionals,” said Pat Colee, the founder & chairman of Noble House Hotels & Resorts.  “His unique expertise will certainly complement Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa’s position as a leader in delivering one-of-a-kind adventure and luxury to our guests.”

Before joining the team at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Johnson served as a task force general manager at the award-winning Sante Fe, New Mexico property, The Inn & Spa at Loretto. Johnson also previously served as the general manager for Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, where he oversaw the luxury resort’s operations, leadership team, and sales. 

During his time in Phoenix, Johnson developed and executed several innovative solutions across the business.  Before his successes in Phoenix, Johnson grew his career at the iconic Ventana Inn & Spa in Big Sur, California, where he served as food & beverage director for three years followed by general manager for five years.  Johnson has also held leadership positions at Sea Island Beach Club in Georgia, The Lodge at Woodloch in Pennsylvania, Primo JW Marriot Star Pass in Tucson, and many more.

Located in the spectacular red rock canyons of western Colorado, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa features 72 luxury guest rooms and suites, including 14 private casitas. The property offers guests dining at Entrada Restaurant, wellness-focused treatments at The Spa at Gateway Canyons, canyon air tours and trips aboard a luxury helicopter, privileged access to more than 100 years of automotive history and design at the Gateway Canyons Auto Museum, and a variety of self-selected experiential activities offered through the on-site Adventure Center and Driven Experiences programs.

In 2016, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa was honored by being named the #1 “Best Resort in the West” in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards competition, as well as the #1 “Top Resort in Colorado” and #3 “Top Resort in the United States” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. 

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is an independently-owned destination resort property managed by Noble House Hotels & Resorts.  For more information, please call Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa at 1-866-671-4733 or visit  

About Noble House Hotels & Resorts

A privately held company for more than 30 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, transitioning in 1994 to a hotel ownership management company. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., the corporation owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 15 distinct and visually captivating properties spanning the U.S.  From the historic passenger Napa Valley Wine Train, to luxury resorts in Seattle, Jackson Hole, Wyo. and the Florida Keys, each property maximizes and showcases its physical setting.

Noble House is continuously growing, operating 43 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, showcasing local culture and inspiration from local surroundings.  With a philosophy that emphasizes “location, distinction and soul,” Noble House Hotels & Resorts exemplifies individuality, dedicating itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that contribute to their communities, staying true to local history, culture and ambiance. 

For more information, visit or call Noble House Hotels & Resorts at 877.NOBLE.TRIP.

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