Outdoor Meeting and Event Ideas

Colorado is all about the great outdoors and is the place to go for outdoor meetings and events at any time of the year. With its low humidity, moderate temperatures, and an average of almost 300 sunny days a year, the Metro Denver region gets more sunshine than San Diego or Miami Beach. Located on the high planes at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is a smart choice for any outdoor event—from an intimate wedding to a family reunion or business meeting. With the city boasting 60 metro parks and 11 mountain parks, Denver is ideal for family occasions, corporate picnics, or invitation-only functions.

In Denver and beyond, summer is a time for hiking, outdoor concerts, picnics, and art events. From Boulder to Grand Junction, the wide-open spaces beckon for outdoor events with families, friends, and business associates. In Colorado Springs free outdoor concerts are on the calendar all summer long. How about combining a family reunion with a blues concert in Bancroft Park or a free summer concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic?

Colorado’s sunny skies and warm valleys are also perfect for growing grapes and the state’s 100-plus wineries are booming. Most wineries are open to the public and can be rented for outdoor events. Or frolic among the flowers at one of the state’s botanical gardens in Grand Junction, Denver, Fort Collins, or Montrose.

Autumn gives way to pleasant afternoons and cool refreshing nights. If you take your group horseback riding, fishing, or hiking in the fall you’ll see why the state is called Colorful Colorado. September is a time of splendor in the Rockies when shimmering yellow aspen leaves line the trials and mountain peaks glisten with freshly fallen snow. Plan your autumn events in Gunnison or Crested Butte, where the state’s largest aspen stand along Kebler Pass produces a riot of color. And there is never a dull moment in the region where self-guided walking tours, farmers’ markets, art walks, and harvest festivals add a cheerful touch to the season.

Of course Colorado is renown its incredible winter sports and world-class ski resorts from Arapaho Basin to Wolf Creek. Where else can you plan a mountaintop wedding complete with the bride and groom on skis? While flying down a black diamond trail may not be for everyone, resorts in Telluride, Vail, Aspen, and elsewhere offer a plethora of outdoor activities for families and corporate events including ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, and even dog sledding.

You can bet the fish are jumping in spring and so are the grounders at Coors Field in Denver. The season baseball opener is in early April and provides a perfect backdrop for your event. Even if some of your guests aren’t big baseball fans, the scenery, food, and atmosphere is enough to keep anyone entertained. Spring is also prime wildlife viewing time in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park and your event might attracts mule deer and elk as special guests. From the blazing days of May to the snowy nights of January, Colorado offers endless opportunities for unique and fun-filled outdoor events and meetings.