When it comes to company retreats, there are few better places in America than our National Parks. From the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone and Yosemite, these parks are some of the most breathtaking natural wonders on the planet. Plus, they're full of adventures that your employees will never forget. In this blog, our team retreat planners discuss the benefits of taking your company to a national park, our favorite destinations, and more.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is located in Northern California and is one of the oldest national parks in the United States. It's known for its waterfalls, granite cliffs and giant sequoia trees. With over 800 miles of hiking trails you can choose from a variety of activities such as horseback riding or whitewater rafting on this vast expanse of land that covers an area about equal to Rhode Island.
A short drive from San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento makes this an ideal location for a team retreat or company outing.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains, in the north-central region of Colorado. What makes Rocky Mountain one of our favorite parks is the epic wildlife including moose, bear, elk and bighorn sheep. What's more, the park is an easy drive from Denver, a major airport hub making it convenient for bi-coastal companies.
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is located in Wyoming and bordering the town of Jackson Hole. The park features the dramatic Teton Range, which includes 13 peaks over 12,000 feet high and several smaller ranges including the Gros Ventre Range and the easternmost portion of the Snake River Range. The area has long been known for its wildlife viewing opportunities including elk, moose, mule deer and bighorn sheep; however it also offers excellent hiking trails such as Jenny Lake Loop Trail or Sky Pond Trail. In addition to wildlife viewing and world-class hiking, teams can enjoy fly fishing, whitewater rafting the Snake River or enjoying the shops and restaurants in Jackson Hole.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park offers an abundance of activities for any company retreat. There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails, geothermal pools unique to the region, horseback riding and of course, viewing of bears, moose, elk and the elusive grey wolf.
Companies can choose from lodging inside the park or just outside the borders, whether in West Yellowstone or Paradise Valley. For more upscale lodging options, Big Sky is the perfect basecamp for team adventures.
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most striking places on earth. It's ideal for companies who want to escape the noise of the everyday and give their employees a setting to reconnect naturally. In addition to standing in awe of the massive canyon, private guides will reveal the geological and indigenous history, giving you a greater sense of time and scale.
Nearby Sedona offers a magical and even mystical setting for your company offsite. Beautiful lodges nestled in the red rocks and ponderosa pine are the basecamps for inspiring hikes, mountain biking and outside-of-the-box team meetings.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is on the bucket list for many and for good reasons. The Narrows in Zion are like no other, with massive sandstone cliffs displaying brilliants shades of oranges and reds. While there is a range of hiking trails, many are friendly and accessible, allowing all team members to marvel in the beauty.
Zion's basecamp is Springdale, Utah, a quaint mountain town located just outside the park border. It's also a 2.5-hour drive from Las Vegas, an experience unto itself and a popular compliment to the National Park.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is a stunning desert park, with fascinating rock formations and home to the Joshua Tree itself. Companies choose Joshua Tree for their offsite for many reasons, including the epic hiking, mountain biking and bouldering. In the evenings, enjoy a private star gazing experience -- Joshua Tree National Park has some of the darkest skies in the country.
Companies can choose to stay in a boutique lodge just outside the park entrance or in Palm Springs, an eclectic desert oasis with boutique galleries and restaurants. Palm Springs is a 45-minute drive to Joshua Tree and an ideal setting for team meetings and dinners.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains are a great place to go on a company retreat. It’s located in Tennessee, which means it’s close to many east coast hubs including Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington DC. If you want to get out of the city and see some natural beauty then this is the perfect spot for your next corporate retreat. Don’t worry about getting lost because there are plenty of signs along the way so no one gets lost trying to find their way around these mountains.
The best part about going on a trip here with your team is that everyone can do something different; there are activities like hiking, horseback riding, rafting and wildlife viewing where people of all abilities will be able to experience nature up close.
The National Parks offer incredible opportunities for your corporate retreat to connect with nature and inspire your team. What's more, National Parks are accessible and meant to be explored by everyone, regardless of your team's physical abilities, so take advantage of them!
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