Active groups are often happy groups. Why stay indoors in meeting rooms all day when so much more can be incorporated as demonstrated by these new ideas from Wyoming, California and Arizona?

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole in Wyoming has created a three day, three river fly-fishing experience led by the property’s in-house guide. The excursion is ideal for groups or incentive trips with all skill levels and includes the Snake, Salt and Green rivers. The excursion includes daily transportation in one of the Four Season’s luxury SUVs, a gourmet lunch prepared by resort chefs, and custom-made, handcrafted drift boats from Montana. fourseasons.com/jacksonhole

In California, Napa Valley Paddle offers two kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours on the Napa River that work well for groups. On the Living River Tour, witness the Napa River’s transition from saltwater wetland to the clear fresh waters of the Oak Knoll AVA, where the tour finishes. The Carneros Wildlife Preserve excursion (with two route options) explores the northern reach of San Pablo Bay, including Skaggs Island, a former top-secret naval installation during the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis. napavalleypaddle.com

In Arizona, treetop thrills at Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course are soaring to new heights with the addition of Adventure Zip Lines. A network of 30 zip lines zigzag through the Ponderosa pines of Fort Tuthill County Park, with riders climbing seven ladders and traversing eight bridges to access zip line takeoff platforms. The zip lines join the popular adventure course that already offers more than 70 aerial challenges.  

This summer, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is debuting $25 million in expansions. The new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge features a central gathering building, communal outdoor fire pits and more than 50 two-bedroom cabins. Also, the lodge recently introduced new Glacier Point at Sunset Tours that run from May through September and combine the expert knowledge of a local guide with the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Groups can enjoy wine, cheese and crackers or their own picnic dinner while enjoying the alpenglow.

 

Originally built in 1927 and located in Death Valley National Park, the mission-style Inn at Death Valley celebrated its $100 million transformation with a grand reopening celebration in November 2018. The property, owned by Xanterra Travel Collection, features 66 updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, the new Tranquility Spa, and a spring-fed pool bordered by a new café and cabanas. Twenty-two one-bedroom casitas have been added along with Mission Gardens, a prime location for outdoor events.

 

The Josie Hotel, a ski-in/ski-out boutique property in Rossland, British Columbia, opened its doors in November at the base of RED Mountain Resort’s slopes. The 106-room property, named after one of the town’s most notable mines, Josie Mine, also is located along Canada’s world-renowned Powder Highway in the heart of the West Kootenays. Key amenities include more than 1,500 square feet of function space, a spa (opening winter 2019) and fitness center, and The Velvet Restaurant & Lounge.