• Expeditions at Echo Canyon River

    POSTED July 29, 2013

    Echo Canyon River Expeditions offers innovative team-building activities.

When it comes to common word association, normally watermelons, baby oil, popsicles, puzzles and the Arkansas River don’t exactly belong in the same boat. But they do in the Battle of the Bighorn team-building experience offered by Echo Canyon River Expeditions from May through September, depending on water levels. The timed challenge takes place on the Bighorn Sheep Canyon on the Arkansas River in Cañon City (about an hour from Colorado Springs).

Teams are assigned a series of challenges to complete while rafting the Class II and III waters, ranging from inflating rafts and paddling backwards to retrieving a watermelon coated in baby oil and putting on a wetsuit from a pool of ice water and removing it before returning to the raft (a.k.a. the Neoprene Squeeze). Groups can customize events to include T-shirts, team photos and prize packages and host post-race parties at the on-site 8 Mile Bar & Grill.

Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet, known locally as “fourteeners” or “14ers.” This is more than any other state and includes the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak, where standing at the summit in 1893 inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem “America” that today is known as the song “America the Beautiful.”


Keeping up with the ebb and flow of trends and best practices for meetings and events during the past few years has been like running a Colorado trail race without a map or directional signage. Where do you turn left, turn right, go straight, or temporarily stop at an aid station to take a breath and renourish?


With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.