• Colorado Sunsets, Stars & Evening Fun for Groups

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

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.

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

 

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.  

 

While attending the 22nd annual Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado Educational Conference & Trade Show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on March 1 – 2, I was reminded about the important work We Don’t Wastehas been doing across the Denver metro region for more than a decade.