Unique Times, Unique Meetings

Colorado is ready when you are! Here are the latest COVID-19 details.

Way before COVID-19 impacted the way we live, work and gather, Colorado’s meetings culture was laser-focused on healthy lifestyles, innovation, flexible venues that flow to the outdoors, unforgettable adventures and local experiences. And the best thing? After a long day of work and play, friendly Western hospitality awaits!

We’re all craving face-to-face interaction and looking for innovative ways to connect safely in these crazy times. There’s no need to do the planning alone as Destination Colorado and its partners stand ready to assist and provide the latest solutions and information.

Take a horseback ride from Gateway Canyons' Palisade Ranch, located in Gateway, Colorado. Courtesy Gateway Canyons.

A Destination for Inspiration

If adversity gives rise to greatness, then it’s an ideal time for great minds to come together in pursuit of innovation in the clean air and 300 days of annual sunshine that are Colorado hallmarks. Tap great speakers within the state, assist a local cause that’s helping others during the pandemic, and discuss strategy in a renovated barn before heading out on a guided hike or horseback ride.

Make sure to keep some time on the itinerary open. It’s simple to access world-renowned wonders like Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park and offer bucket-list experiences to attendees like snowcat skiing and sleigh rides.

It’s also easy to relax listening to live music on a patio, making s’mores or drinking a microbrew around an outdoor fire pit, or soaking in soothing hot springs in communities like Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Buena Vista, Durango and Salida.

From mountains and plains to cities and small towns, there’s always something unique for groups to discover in Colorado. It’s a year-round sanctuary where vibrant culture and outdoor adventure combine to inspire fresh, new insight.

We’re all craving face-to-face interaction and looking for innovative ways to connect safely in these crazy times. There’s no need to do the planning alone as Destination Colorado and its partners stand ready to assist and provide the latest solutions and information.

Colorado Is Built For This

Staying six feet apart isn’t difficult when there are 66 million acres of public lands. No joke! With so much open space in Colorado, safety measures are naturally in place for a vast range of activities groups can tap into. Cabins, yurts and glamping are fun ways to get into the Colorado spirit or check out other nontraditional venues like ranches that cover thousands of acres and amphitheaters and music tents in places like Vail and Aspen.

In Colorado cities like Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Pueblo, there are plenty of places to get outdoors. Rent a park pavilion for a picnic, head to a golf course, or get out on lakes to stand up paddle board, trails to bike or walk, and hip rooftop patios for views and a cocktail or two.

Plenty of ballrooms and meeting and event spaces throughout the state overflow onto patios to tap into Colorado’s year-round outdoor lifestyle.

We’re all craving face-to-face interaction and looking for innovative ways to connect safely in these crazy times. There’s no need to do the planning alone as Destination Colorado and its partners stand ready to assist and provide the latest solutions and information.

Pueblo Mountain State Park ©Journal Communications/Wayne Armstrong
Denver International Airport. Courtesy Denver International Airport.

Easy Travel

Colorado is an easy drive from many states and also has the award-winning Denver International Airport. What isn’t as known are the easy flights to regional airports sprinkled around the state, with direct options available from a variety of cities. Getting to off-the-beaten path destinations is more doable than you might think!

Denver International Airport has launched a new pilot program called Verifly. This program allows health-conscious travelers to move safely through security and to their gate with more reliability and reduced contact. This is a big step in creating a more touchless journey through the airport, while enhancing the travel experience during COVID.

Safety Precautions and Information

Colorado’s meetings industry, destinations, local governments, and state agencies are focused on providing safe, memorable and exceptional experiences for groups. Hotels, resorts, outfitters, restaurants and the whole range of suppliers have carefully restructured their operations and offerings to provide great indoor and outdoor options, implemented health and wellness protocols, and come up with cool new approaches to meet in-person or in a hybrid fashion.

We’ve come up with several helpful links to stay current with what is happening in the Centennial State. Always check with local destination marketing organizations for the latest COVID-related information!

  • The Colorado Tourism Office shares several traveling during COVID tips and recently released its Do Colorado Right campaign featuring locals like reality TV star Ben Higgins, pro snowboarder Red Gerard, celebrity chef Brother Luck and fashion blogger Esther Leach.
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has created a COVID status dial and offers guidance for wearing masks and hosting indoor events and outdoor events. The dial framework standardizes different levels of “openness” at the county level to help balance controlling the virus with recognizing social and economic needs as much as possible.
  • The Colorado Hotel Lodging and Lodging Association has posted a helpful COVID dial capacity chart.
  • Colorado’s 5 Star State Certification is set up at the county or municipality level to encourage businesses to implement safety measures beyond what is already required by public health orders and guidelines that will help slow the spread of COVID-19. Depending on where the county or municipality falls on the state’s COVID status dial, certified businesses are eligible for less restrictive capacity caps. The certification reassures employees and customers that businesses are adhering to enhanced guidance.
  • On the national level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides an abundance of helpful information on its website.

Here to Assist

Destination Colorado and its partner communities, venues and suppliers stand ready to assist groups with planning needs and questions. It’s time to refresh, reconnect and inspire greatness, so let Colorado be your guide. The safety and well-being of groups is our number one priority!

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Up-to-Date Local Information

If you are meeting or planning travel to a specific community or region within Colorado, check the websites of local destination marketing organizations for the latest recommendations, COVID guidelines, and updates regarding lodging, restaurants, meeting numbers and more.