Created in 1986, Great Basin National Park is the only national park completely within Nevada’s borders and features the diversity and beauty of the Great Basin Desert landscape. Key highlights are the 13,063- foot Wheeler Peak, ancient bristlecone pines (some dating back thousands of years) and Lehman Caves, an acclaimed marble cave system. The park is in northeastern Nevada, near the community of Baker and the city of Ely.

Who says you can’t have a meeting without some pampering mixed in? Several hot springs resorts in the U.S. Mountain West can accommodate smaller meetings complete with lodging, function space, din- ing and soaking. Some even have on-site spas and other standout features like an ice museum or microbrewery to include on an itinerary.

 

Erase any vision you might have of a dude ranch, especially the “City Slicker” version. For the purposes of this story, let’s use the name ranch resort and picture a big dose of vision and thousands of acres for both herds and people to roam. It’s a fairly different option, but one with similar friendliness and the Western spirit of a dude ranch.

 

Only 90 minutes from Portland International Airport, groups can ski with locals, enjoy a beer at a craft brewery, spend the night in a mountain resort and follow snowshoe trails through old growth forests on Mt. Hood. These three ski resorts offer a wealth of entertaining options. mthoodterritory.com