Sorrel River Ranch
It’s a combination of participating in team, professional meetings and charitable exercises for successful events with a western twist. gave us teambuilding options for our ideal western meeting spot the
Ryan Hanley is the business development manager for DVIP Event Services in Utah and Wyoming. He says he has seen a fast-paced increase in outdoor meetings and incentives from his corporate clients. Hanley adds that his company gives back as part of their teambuilding efforts.
“We had a group go down and help build baskets or delivery boxes and put those together for them and that was kind of cool, too,” he says. “Some of the venues here are starting to pursue LEED certification and we’ve done some work or programs down at the new Utah History Museum in Salt Lake. They’ve got LEED certification down there and that’s been important for some of our clientele that have been interested in pursuing that element, as well.
On the adventure side, Hanley explains, “Aside from our headquarters in Salt Lake, we’ve got an office in Jackson Hole and an office in Park City where they do a lot of outdoor incentives. Certainly they get out and enjoy the environment, but a lot of the activities are tailored to improving the environment, that kind of thing. Almost every group likes to get out and enjoy hiking or a bike ride and get outside for some kind of teambuilding.”
We asked Hanley if the interest in CSR has plateaued or if it’s continuing to grow.
“We never used to get requests like that,” he says. “There was a time when nobody even wanted to do teambuilding, and now it’s how can we do it and do something for the local community and really give something back. That’s been something that’s been a good thing to be part of.”
SORREL RIVER RANCH
For a true Western experience, the 55-suite Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa. in Moab offers a variety of teambuilding activities, including group horseback riding, rock climbing and white water rafting. Groups are encouraged to stroll through the parks that are packed full of natural red rock arches, domes and spires, a scenic masterpiece that is 150 years in the making. Groups can rent 4-wheelers and take a rough road descent down the Shafer Canyon Trail.
The 260-acre ranch is located within a few miles of Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park and steps away from the Colorado River, providing easy access to wildlife activities. For thrill-seekers, the green pasture resort offers guided canyoneering and rockclimbing adventures. For more relaxed groups, packages include scenic hikes, off-road tours and photography guides for breathtaking views of the mountains.
For a private group meal, check out the outdoor River Deck. The impressive dining location has panoramic views of the beautiful Colorado River and includes an al fresco menu with specialty cocktails and crisp brews. For a more upscale dining spot, the 2,500-sf River Grill Banquet Room has a 19-foot vaulted ceiling, nine picture windows and a private outdoor deck for 120 pax. The experience includes good American comfort food with a refined twist. Be sure to try the flavorful Cherry-Pasilla Rubbed Buffalo Filet and other seasonal selections as you listen to the trickling river water just steps away.
Meetings are efficient and productive with conference rooms, media spaces and banquet areas easily outfitted with AV equipment arranged to your liking. The 8,000 sf of indoor/outdoor meeting space caters to any type of event. There are eight meeting rooms, the largest with 1,200 sf.
Sorrel River Ranch has previously hosted successful executive meetings and retreats with car companies such as Chrysler, General Motors, Land Rover and Volkswagen.