Cañon City’s Echo Canyon River Expeditions offers a Battle of the Bighorn package from May through September (depending on water levels) that combines physical and mental challenges in a competitive and fun format for corporate team-building. Although navigating Class III-IV rapids through Bighorn Sheep Canyon might be the most exciting part of the exercise, there is much more such as tackling four challenges before getting on the Arkansas River; retrieving a watermelon thrown from the Five Points overlook and carrying it to the finish line; completing a water shuttle and helmet brigade; and paddling backwards. Prize and video/photo packages and a post-race catered party at the company’s 8 Mile Bar and Grill also are available, as well as lodging in cabins and glamping tents.
Sometimes small communities are overlooked as meeting and event destinations when frequently they have the capacity to host moderate-sized groups in an affordable and enjoyable fashion, especially if the towns are used to welcoming tourists. It may take some piecing together of lodging and venues, but Minturn (located between Vail and Beaver Creek) demonstrated how by hosting MountainCon 2019 from May 3-5.