Colorado is a place where you can nurture your team in nature. Across the state, you will find group spaces for outdoor meetings with inspiring scenery, clean air and enthralling activities for all four seasons. Upscale meeting areas in Metro Denver are perfect for an intimate wedding, family reunion or business gathering. Or you can head into the majestic Rocky Mountains just west of the Mile High City and explore world-class ski resorts in Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail and Winter Park. For a completely different vibe, Southwest Colorado’s wide-open skies and rustic yet upscale towns like Durango and Telluride provide an authentic Old West experience seamlessly melded with 21st Century comforts.
When you hold your corporate meeting or event in Colorado, you open the door to creativity, imagination and motivation. Start indoors with a captivating meeting, tradeshow or seminar at a premier venue in Denver or up in the mountains at an elite resort. Then, open the door to the most adventurous state in the West for activities after the meeting is over: professional sports, world-class galleries and museums, casinos, stand-up comedy, headliner concerts, epic skiing and snowboarding, gold-medal fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and championship golf.
From reward trips to conferences, the state has the facilities and entertainment to make a distinct impact. Facilities all over the state have the ability to tailor to your needs and create outdoor meetings that are memorable, engaging and impactful.
Outdoor Meetings for All Seasons
Denver is the largest city in Colorado and has several large and small venues around the metropolitan area. The city has more than 60+ parks, so there’s always space for a family reunion, corporate picnic, larger gathering or intimate affair. There is an assortment of larger hotels with sizable meeting spaces both downtown and in the suburbs. Visit Denver and the Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau for the city can be valuable resources to put together a notable event.
Springtime is a great time to visit Denver and catch an early season Rockies game at Coors Field. Situated in the heart of downtown Denver, Coors Field is a option for laid back networking or hosting a high-class, polished event. Your family, group or corporate experience can be a home run – even if your attendees aren’t baseball fanatics, everyone loves a day at the ballpark.
Summer is the time for hiking, outdoor concerts, wine and beer fests, and art shows. Rocky Mountain National Park is a tremendous spot to view indigenous wildlife like bighorn sheep, elk and mule deer. The highest paved road in the county, Trail Ridge Road goes from Estes Park to Grand Lake, and is one of the most inspirational drives in the country. Spring and summer also provide a prime opportunity to fly-fish the many Gold Medal rivers of the state. Summers are an opportune time to meet in the morning, then break out of the conference room for an afternoon pursuit.
Wide-open spaces with outdoor events with families, friends and team members beckons from Boulder just north of Denver to Grand Junction on the stunning Western Slope. South of the Mile High City, in Colorado Springs, free outdoor performances occur all summer, so you can plan your next gathering around a performance at Bancroft Park or a free summer concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Fort Collins is home to Anheuser-Busch and 70 percent of the craft breweries in Colorado. You can tour many of the breweries, which also offer event and meeting space, and enjoy a cold one afterward. The state also has a booming wine industry, with vineyards in Palisades, Boulder and Denver. Just outside of Grand Junction is Palisades, where you can take a unique sip-and-soak rafting journey through working vineyards.
A trek into the Rockies in autumn will help you understand fully why the state is known as “Colorful Colorado.” You can watch the glorious colors change sweep across the mountains in late September and early October, either from your car, on foot or on two wheels. From Farmers’ Markets to harvest festivals to beer festivals, mountains come alive in autumn.
Colorado is a winter wonderland of incredible sports and resorts like Steamboat Springs, Snowmass, Breckenridge, and Winter Park. The state’s epic skiing runs the gamut from easy, beginner trails for those just learning “pizza and French fries,” to more seasoned skiers and snowboarders who love double-black diamonds, exhilarating bowl skiing and untouched backcountry. Off the slopes, winter activities like ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling and fat tire biking offer more fun in the snow. Colorado everything from no-frills ski resorts that get waist-deep powder like Arapahoe Basin and Loveland to world-renowned luxury destinations like Aspen, Beaver Creek and Vail. A single corporate event or family activity in the mountains unlocks a world of adventure.
City Vs. Mountain Resort: Which is Best?
Our comprehensive directory allows you the flexibility to pinpoint exactly which Colorado venue is best for your gathering. We have access to larger convention centers to more intimate venues for smaller meetings. There are meeting venues in Denver and the Front Range near vibrant cities with lots to do. There are also venues for outdoor meetings in the mountains, Southwestern and South-Central part of the state, and the Western Slope that puts you amid nature and a plethora of outdoor activities when the meeting’s over.
Front Range cities like Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Estes Park provide the best of both worlds: Premier meeting spaces with top-of-the-line technology and amenities coupled with endless activities in the city to keep attendees entertained. Denver offers major league sports, museums, world-class chefs and a chic downtown district. Aurora, a suburb of Denver, has upscale facilities and is near downtown Denver and Denver International Airport.
Boulder, Golden and Colorado Springs each have a rich, unique culture with amazing restaurants, breweries and wineries, and a happening night scene. Further West, cities like Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Durango embrace a more laid-back Southwestern lifestyle, and have some of the nicest meeting venues in the state.
Quite simply, a business meeting at one of Colorado’s breathtaking mountain resorts really makes an impact. When you make the decision to hold your meeting at a Colorado resort, there are endless meeting and event spaces, lodging types, activities, amenities and cuisine.
Full-service resorts like Keystone and Copper Mountain in Summit County have large conference centers with added function spaces and lodging choices of all kinds. Aspen has four amazing ski mountains and is known as a premier luxury playground. Winter Park has some of the best runs in the Rockies and is accessible from Denver on a one-of-a-kind mountain train. Steamboat Springs has bluebird skies, mounds of fresh powder and an authentic cowboy spirit. Telluride is the gem of southwestern Colorado, with everything from hip festivals to epic skiing.
Colorado resorts are attractive to attendees because it’s a desirable location to work and play. It’s a perfect destination to treat employees and their families for a job well done, or to announce a brand-new initiative or launch a new product line. The unconventional setting and fresh air of the Rockies is the ideal environment to promote new ideas and re-energize your team.