From the Rocky Mountains to the Telluride Film Festival, Colorado is full of scenic wonder and creativity all year-round. If you’re looking for retreat activities in Denver to bond your team, you won’t have to go far to find beautiful venues and activities indoors and out. Whether you prefer relaxed team-building games or thrilling outdoor adventures, check out our list of activities for inspiration. Host an epic retreat that your teammates will remember for years to come!
1. Take the Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience
You don’t have to head to Disneyland to ride a convertible racecar through the country. You can experience the real thing on a Cars-style adventure through the switchbacks and straightaways of Colorado’s canyons. Choose from a short 15-mile drive, all the way up to a 105-mile tour through multiple state and national parks with scenic views and elevation changes. A staff photographer will be in the lead vehicle to get shots of your team as you take turns behind the wheel of several stylish supercars. Plus, the Oxotic Event Center in Golden offers a high-tech facility where you can take your team members for further activities after your adventure!
2. Learn a new recipe at the Cook Street School
This aptly named academy is Denver’s go-to spot for culinary events of all kinds. From private cooking classes to team-building competitions to employee appreciation events, the Cook Street School of Culinary Arts offers a range of fun retreat activities in Denver to bond your team. Their educational kitchen space in the Golden Triangle accommodates 35 hands-on participants, but they can also create a customized event at your retreat center or Peerspace venue. Whatever your team’s experience level or dietary needs, Cook Street can design the perfect meal.
3. Rent a unique venue on Peerspace
If you’re looking for a memorable location to host your event, browse the listings on Peerspace to find a collection of unique venues offered by local hosts. Since many of these spaces aren’t available anywhere else, you’ll have your pick of many one-of-a-kind, off-beat locations.
Try this industrial multi-level loft space in the Cole district, or a coworking and meeting space in Englewood, CO. Or, take your team to this private mountain retreat near Boulder, with a wall of windows looking out over the landscape. Hosting your retreat at a Peerspace venue is a great alternative to booking a hotel or a convention center — without missing out on any amenities. Many of these spaces have A/V gear and furniture included, and you can always call up the Concierge service to book a professional caterer or rent any other gear that you need.
4. Have a craft night at Grandma’s House
Does your grandmother’s house have local beer on tap and food trucks parked outside? Well, this one does — making it an excellent choice for a team retreat activity in Denver. This Antique Row taproom has 2,000 sq.ft. of event space available to rent for your team. There’s seating for 50+ people — including a 12-person lunchroom table — as well as a sound system and an LCD projector. Plus, there’s a 30-inch chalkboard, a dry erase board, and even a piano.
Their public events include pottery painting and foul-mouthed cross-stitching. And the best part? The beer is served in those Looney Tunes jam jars you’ll remember from your childhood!
5. Volunteer at the GrowHaus
Despite its progressive reputation, some neighborhoods of Denver are still food deserts, which means there aren’t enough local grocery stores that residents can afford. A non-profit called the GrowHouse is working to change that, with a 20,000-sq.ft. greenhouse that produces fruits and veggies for locals of any race, class, and gender without access to fresh food.
Your team can get involved by volunteering to help with food prep, assembling produce boxes, and helping in the “Growasis,” the indoor permaculture garden. This is a great retreat activity in Denver if you’re looking for a way to give back to the community and learn some new skills.
6. Explore the Rockies with the Colorado Mountain School
Not every team is lucky enough to be so close to America’s biggest mountain range. With the Colorado Mountain School, you can explore the Rockies with professional guides. They offer a range of outdoor activities, including skiing, rock climbing, and avalanche safety training. Book one of their team building activities or their “Pinnacle of Purpose” fundraiser challenge. They also have a classroom and hostel in Estes Park, if you want to combine your adventure with indoor activities or an overnight trip.
7. Learn about street art on the Denver Graffiti Tour
Whether you’re based in Denver or planning a retreat from out of town, there’s no better way to get a new perspective on the city than to explore it on foot. On the Denver Graffiti Tour, you’ll get to see some of the city’s best street art, followed by lunch at the Denver Central Market in RiNo. Each tour has at least one guide per 25 people, with a maximum of 150 guests on a private tour.
8. Make sandwiches with the Peanut Butter Plan
Another great team retreat activity in Denver that can make a difference in the community is to volunteer with the Peanut Butter Plan. This group meets up to make PB&J sandwiches to pass out to people in need at parks, shelters, and other places around the city. All you need to do is bring a few jars and loaves of bread per person, then join the PB&J production line.
9. See the laser light show at the International Church of Cannabis
Finally, we’re not saying you should get high as a team, but there’s no denying that many people come to Denver to learn more about its cannabis culture. You can choose to (legally) partake on a Buds and Beers Tour or at a Sushi and Joint Rolling class. But one of the most unique events you can attend is the guided mediation and laser light experience at the International Church of Cannabis, an all-ages event where, ironically, consumption isn’t actually allowed.
Denver is the perfect retreat destination for locals and visitors alike. With plenty of sunny days, and just the right amount of snow, your team can cook, hike, craft, and drink local beer to your heart’s content! Retreat activities in Denver abound. And remember, you’ll find dozens of great Peerspace locations within the city limits, and some memorable outdoor spaces just outside of town. Just browse the listings by event type and size, and call up the Concierge service if you need any additional support.