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>>  Ski or snowshoe to Tennessee Pass Cookhouse near Leadville, Colorado, for a gourmet dinner featuring Colorado foods such as trout, rack of lamb and elk tenderloin. The off-grid yurt is lit by candlelight and warmed by a wood stove, and there are yurts for those who want to sleep in the woods in winter or summer.

>>  The family-owned Waunita Hot Springs Ranch east of Gunnison, Colorado, is a remote lodge where groups can relax, meet in a casual setting and enjoy the hot springs pool and homemade meals. A wide range of activities are available throughout the year.

>>  The Garcia River runs through the 240-acre Oz Farm, a working ranch in Point Arena, California, that uses solar energy and wind for power and features a wide range of lodging from rustic cabins and yurts to geodesic domes and campsites. Help with farm chores, hike and take part in seasonal activities like yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, cooking and artist workshops.

>>  The 250-acre Blackbird Farm and the Farm Stay Inn in Philo, California, has four cabins, two farm houses and yurts for guests interested in learning about sustainable farming.  Take to the trails on horseback, relax by the lake or plug into Foodology University classes addressing cheese making, preserving, and mustard and jam crafting.

>>  Tucked on 37 redwood-rich acres, New Mendocino Campground in Mendocino, California, is approaching its third season as a glamping location. Eighteen campsites have elevated safari tents outfitted with queen beds, down comforters, cotton linens and slingback chairs. Guests dine on a light breakfast served in the Meadow Tent.

>> Next to Montgomery Woods State Park in the backcountry, the 27-acre Orr Hot Springs in Ukiah, California, is the real deal. Groups can stay overnight in guest rooms, cottages, yurts and a cabin, and relax in warm hot spring tubs, a large cold pool, sauna and steam room.

As the gateway to several of the state’s mountain resorts, Salt Lake City boasts a booming dining and nightlife scene worthy of checking out including a new beer hall and downtown theater and several restaurants with private dining space that recently joined the scene.


Active groups are often happy groups, at least those that are visiting the U.S. Mountain West. Why stay inside meeting rooms all day when there is so much more that can be incorporated as demonstrated by these new ideas from Wyoming, California and Arizona?


There is still time to enjoy spring on the slopes and adventure in the mountains once the sun starts going down in Snowmass

>> A Moonlight Trek on snowshoes or cross-country skis follows a 1.2-mile loop under the moonshine from Snowmass Cross Country Center to Anderson Ranch Arts Center, stopping at stations along the way for hot cocoa with local firefighters, selfie breaks and more. Head down the hill for live music and a pasta dinner at Snowmass Club’s Black Saddle Bar and Grille.