Corporate retreats. We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking of trust falls and some fat guy cursing because he can’t make it up the rock wall.

Despite the cliches, corporate retreats are making a comeback. They serve an important role in helping companies to reinforce its culture, recommit to a long-term vision, realize some of its hidden strengths, and emerge as a more closely-knit organization.

And they don’t have to involve paint ball guns and silly games. Colorado is a great destination for corporate retreats because its natural resources provide the means for natural engagement and team-building. At the same time, the Centennial State also contains some of the finest spa resorts in the nation, giving you plenty of opportunity to indulge yourself once you get business out of the way.

Not convinced?

Here’s a short list to give you just some of the reasons you should consider bringing your next corporate retreat to Colorado.

1. We’ve Got Mountain Views to Inspire Your Vision

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains provide recreational and sightseeing opportunities all year long. Fall brings stands of golden aspen; in winter and spring, there’s a thriving ski culture; and summer is the prime season for high altitude hiking.

For a working retreat, it’s great to balance access to the scenic Rockies with all the amenities needed to conduct business. A well-situated retreat spot like The Estes Park Resort makes an ideal choice. During meetings and work sessions, you’ll be inspired by the vistas right outside your window. And in your down time? Choose from fishing, hiking, four-wheel touring, or simply communing with nature in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park.

2. We’ve Got Rivers to Strengthen Your Team Dynamic

Believe it or not, there are 158 named rivers in the Centennial State. The Colorado, Arkansas, Rio Grande and San Juan — to name just some of the big ones — start high in the Rockies. While all this rushing water yields multiple recreational and sporting opportunities, there are few better ways to build team rapport than white water rafting. A few days on the river, navigating rapids and making camp, will foster bonding in a way that is far more authentic than scripted “team building” exercises. And you’ll burn some excess calories, too.

3. We’ve Got Hot Springs to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

You may not think of Colorado as a premier destination for hot springs, but the state is full of them, including the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring, Pagosa Hot Springs. Yes, it really is the world’s deepest! A hydrologist from the Guinness World Book of Records measured the depth of a hole at the bottom of the mother spring and could not actually find the bottom, so no one knows the true depth.

The mineral waters have been long touted for its health benefits, and The Springs Resort and Spa has all the amenities you need to combine a successful work session with hours of rest and relaxation, including a personal concierge to help you plan adventures.

4. We’ve Got Wineries to Boost Your Networking Skills

When you stay at a place like Gateway Canyons Resort, you not only have state-of-the-art facilities for business meetings but also easy access to the prime wineries of the Western Slope. Planning a corporate retreat around wine tasting is a fun concept, especially for a company whose members enjoy good food and drink. The breathtaking scenery of Colorado’s Western Slope is just an added bonus.

5. We’ve Got Game to Sharpen Your Killer Instinct

Business guests at Colorado Springs’ The Broadmoor will not only find everything they need for planning sessions and business meetings. The Broadmoor also offers small corporate groups exclusive access to Eagles Nest Ranch. Once one of the oldest cattle ranches in the state, it is now an excellent location for waterfowl hunting. For those who prefer to attack inanimate objects, the ranch also has a nine-hole golf course.

6. And Yes, We Have Some of the Best Ski Resorts in the Country

We don’t like to mention skiing at Pink Monkey because — well, it seems a bit obvious. Of course we have skiing here. It’s Colorado!

We can’t really think of any better way to recover from a grueling year of making deals and overcoming obstacles than heading for the slopes. You have many excellent resorts to choose from, but we’d like to give a shout out to The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek. The resort gets great reviews for its customer service and exercise facilities, and it has easy access to one of our favorite ski destinations.

Still Undecided?

Give us a call or shoot us an email. We would be happy to make suggestions and lend a hand in ironing out the details of your next corporate retreat. At Pink Monkey, there is nothing we like to do more than create an event that inspires. Let us help you plan an event that sparks your next great venture and ultimately fuels your bottom line.