• Colorado Sunsets, Stars & Evening Fun for Groups

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    The Adventure Company

    The Adventure Company

There is no denying the stunning daytime scenery of Colorado, but the state’s amazing celestial landscape after normal meeting hours provides all sorts of great options for groups.

Twice each month from May through September, groups meeting in Leadville or nearby can enjoy a stagecoach ride beneath a full moon with Halfmoon Packing & Outfitting. Based on the 19th-century tradition of mail delivery by stagecoach, moonlight rides are offered on the eve and night of the full moon.

Experience Colorado’s legendary Browns Canyon in the Arkansas River Valley during a full moon raft trip with The Adventure Company offered from May through August. Groups will relish illuminated water and beautiful views of the Collegiate Peaks and can add on the Ultimate Fajita Buffet dinner served as the sun sets.

Strap on a headlamp and experience five zip lines in the moon glow during Alpenglow Zip Tours at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash. Tours are available from May through September on full-moon nights and include post-zip beverages. 

The Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues team up to offer Film on the Rocks from mid-May to mid-August at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. There is a great view from any seat in the house, and guests are treated to live music followed by the scheduled movie under a blanket of stars. Each showing begins at dusk.

Experience a Rocky Mountain sunset, entertainment, dinner and the bright light of the moon at Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad themed sunset dinners. During summer and autumn, each sunset dinner offers a different theme like murder mystery, fiesta, speakeasy and more.

Groups can experience Colorado’s celestial landscape at Chimney Rock National Monument, located 20 miles from Pagosa Springs, during a Full Moon Program that occurs against the backdrop of the Great House Pueblo at the top of Chimney Rock Mesa. The program lasts approximately three hours and includes an informative lecture followed by watching the full moon rise to the music of Charles Martinez’ Native American flute.

Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort.

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.

 

When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.

 

The commoditization of the live events industry causes concern and prompts discussion.