Located at the base of Arizona’s highest mountain, the 12,633-foot Humphrey’s Peak, Basecamp at Arizona Snowbowl has 26 newly renovated cabins and rooms that are the closest lodging to Snowbowl’s ski lifts. 

Everything is new in the cabins and rooms from the plank flooring, southwestern throw rugs, furniture, bedding, big-screen TVs, and accent art, including photography of the slopes at Snowbowl. 

Guests are sure to enjoy the cabins’ front porches that feature colorful Adirondack chairs and are perfect for stargazing just outside Flagstaff, which in 2001 became the world’s first International Dark Sky City.

After meetings and outdoor adventures during the day, groups and individuals can gather at the full-service Basecamp Restaurant with a full bar serving cocktails, wine and a vast array of Arizona microbrews and a menu featuring house-smoked barbecue entrées, burgers, salads and vegetarian options. 

Located approximately 7,400 feet above sea level, Basecamp is in the midst of the 1.8-million-acre Coconino National Forest, home to the largest stand of ponderosa pine trees in the world. 

Looking for something a little different to plug your group into and a venue they will be talking about long after a gathering concludes? Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the winter home and laboratory of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, might be the solution with its Sunsets and Sips and Wellness Series

 

Recently, I wrote about Santa Fe, New Mexico’s new Sky Railway, which made me think about all the train tie-ins for groups in the U.S. Mountain West and western Canada. Several tourist trains offer special events that groups can tag onto and allow private rental of train cars, and there are venues and museums that celebrate the railroad’s front-and-center place in the development of the West.

 

One of the meeting trends coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the focus on attendee wellness. Three hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona, are going beyond the norm with wellness-focused guest rooms and sleep packages. When people feel well rested and fit, they give their best to learning, brainstorming, networking and planning business strategy.