• 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.

Origin Red Rocks, a debut property from the Origin Hotel Collection, has opened its doors just 15 miles west of Denver, in Golden, Colorado. The historic gold rush town is known for its outdoor music, red sandstone rocks, outdoor adventure opportunities and its beer (the town brews more beer than any other town in America).

 

There is not denying that something big has happened with Colorado’s culinary scene over the past decade. Throughout the state, from the Front Range and mountains to the Western Slope, creative chef/owners, research and development chefs for catering companies and resort executive chefs are using loads of local ingredients and shaking up menus and atmospheres in unexpected and delightful ways.

 

Luxury guest ranch C Lazy U Ranch recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the third year in a row and simultaneously announced the appointment of Certified Level II Sommelier Elise Blann. Blann will work closely with Executive Chef Dennis Kaniger at C Lazy U to select the perfect wine for each meal. The dining program specializes in regional ranch cuisine, such as Rocky mountain trout, rosemary rack of lamb and aged western beef.