The 160th anniversary of the Colorado Gold Rush is underway. While settlers originally migrated west in hopes of striking gold, groups and leisure travelers today head to Colorado in fall to strike it rich with adventures. Here are two fun ideas for groups during this golden season.  

FALL COLOR TRAIN, LEADVILLE

Ride into the San Isabel National Forest aboard the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad and see the mountains decked out in yellow, orange and red. The train departs daily at 1 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and offers a variety of special outings as well. Three-hour rides allow guests to experience the wilderness aglow in autumn beauty, headwaters of the Arkansas River Valley and sweeping vistas of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. leadville-train.com

ROYAL GORGE BRIDGE & PARK, CAÑON CITY

The highest suspension bridge in America, Royal Gorge Bridge, marks its 90th anniversary in 2019. To celebrate, Royal Gorge Bridge & Park opened a brand new Via Ferrata climbing experience. Trained mountain guides lead all climbs and show participants the breathtaking beauty of fall from new heights. royalgorgebridge.com

The City of Bryan has announced that Jamie Cox will be the general manager of the Legends Event Center, a 122,300-square-foot indoor event facility scheduled to open in late 2022. Most recently, Cox served as general manager of the Publix Sports Park in Panama City Beach, Florida. 

 

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.  

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.