Planning trips that are distinct can help inspire top performances and loyalty. Grand American Adventures, which specializes in small group excursions for 35- to 65-yearolds, has launched a series of in-depth, guided tours in the Mountain West that also can work well for incentive trips. The excursions feature an element of luxury and accommodations in upscale boutique lodges, ranches, yurts and cabins.

On Canyon Country in Utah – Canyoneering, Hummer touring, mountain biking, floating the Colorado River. Departures: April to October

Winter Wildlife in Wyoming – Snowshoeing and tracking wolves, elk, bighorn sheep and more. Departures: January

Alaska and Kenai In-Depth Tour – Watching wildlife from kayaks and hiking across glaciers and ice fields. Departures: June to September

Yellowstone and Teton In-Depth Tour – Exploring and tracking wildlife in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Departures: June to September

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.

 

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