• Summer Adventures for Groups in Grand County, Colorado

     
    POSTED May 1, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of the Grand County Colorado Tourism Board

  • Summer Adventures for Groups in Grand County, Colorado

     
    POSTED May 1, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of the Grand County Colorado Tourism Board

  • Summer Adventures for Groups in Grand County, Colorado

     
    POSTED May 1, 2018
     

    Photo courtesy of the Grand County Colorado Tourism Board

Summer is just around the corner, so I’ll be sharing some great options for groups that didn’t make it in time for the summer 2018 issue of Colorado Meetings + Events, which is heading to the printer soon. What I like so much about Colorado is that even though the state has its fair share of mountain towns, no two are alike. Here are some fun options for groups to consider in Grand County, home to Winter Park and other great towns like Fraser, Grand Lake, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby.

At YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch, fly down the 300-foot-long summer tubing hill that is just the third of its kind in the country and the first ever in the state of Colorado. The good news is there is a conveyor belt so you don’t have to climb back up! Like tubing, dog sled tours are one of the most popular adventures in the winter. Now, the same rush is available in summer through Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park. The dogs pull a cart rather than a sled, but the excitement remains the same.

Winter Park Adventure Quest is an aerial adventure park and climbing experience that features 24 separate challenge elements on a self-guiding system. Attendees can pick and choose the elements they want to tackle using a self-guided “smart belay” system that connects to a harness and allows participants to easily clip on to different routes. Aerial daredevils and cautious climbers alike can enjoy the park together. Plus there are zip lines at Snow Mountain Ranch and Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa for additional high-flying fun.

For groups that want to offer golf on their itineraries, Grand County has four stellar courses. Plus, golf balls fly farther at 8,000 feet above sea level; so get ready for attendees for some long drive stories.

Or explore the vast terrain in Winter Park’s Arapahoe National Forest with an ATV Continental Divide Tour. Ride 15 miles up historic Corona Pass road to the Continental Divide and Corona Pass at nearly 12,000 feet in elevation. Participants drive their own machines while following a qualified guide.

Groups can channel their inner cowboy than Grand County at four dude and guest ranches, including Bar Lazy J, the oldest continuously operated ranch in the state. After a ride on a horse or ATV or just for some time to relax between sessions, check out the natural hot springs at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort. There are 22 mineral indoor and outdoor hot pools and private baths as well as a swimming pool in the summer.

With all these options, as well as one of the entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park in Grand Lake, groups are sure to have plenty of options to get outside and enjoy summer while meeting in Grand County.

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, a Noble House resort located in the heart of the American West, has created a new all-inclusive group retreat program allowing attendees to experience an action-packed, motivational, and customized four-day trip in western Colorado.

 

Two years ago, the Colorado Meetings + Events Best of 2017 readers’ choice awards was held at The Hangar at Stanley, a brand new venue in Stanley Marketplace, a cool new market hall that brought life back to the former Stanley Aviation factory after it sat empty for many years. It was a signal that things big things were happening in Aurora to host a broader and larger range of meetings and events and to up the ante for leisure guests as well.

 

There is a flurry of new and upcoming venues that have been announced in the Denver metropolitan area, Longmont and Fort Collins that are worthy of mention because they are distinct. There isn’t a cookie-cutter, you’ll-find-it-elsewhere space in the bunch!