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4 Ultimate Team Building Activities Near Vegas

If you’re in Las Vegas for an industry convention or corporate meeting, count yourself lucky! There’s plenty to do around town, from seeing Cirque on the strip to visiting the casinos and shops at Fremont Street. Your department can bond over breakfast at Hash House a Go-Go or try to solve a crime together at CSI: The Experience.

The best way to get to know your teammates on a Vegas retreat is by escaping the glittering lights and bustling vibe of downtown Las Vegas. Venture off the strip and you’ll find dozens of teambuilding activities that foster cooperation and teach valuable skills. Here are four of our favorite group activities around Las Vegas, perfect for any work team.

Black Canyon Raft Tour

Located about 45 minutes southeast of the city, Hoover Dam is the tallest concrete dam in the United States. Around 21,000 workers contributed to the building of the dam – and many more have maintained it – making this the perfect day trip for work-related travel. Catch a rare glimpse of the dam from below on a Black Canyon Raft Tour down the Colorado River. This three-hour guided trek takes travelers from the base of the dam through the Black Canyon National Water Trail and down to Willow Beach. Along the way, look for native wildlife including Bighorn sheep, blue heron, and the occasional coyote. The journey takes place on a motorized raft suitable for any employee, with no major rapids to disrupt your sightseeing and icebreaker activities.

Hoover Dam Tour

After your raft has beached, beeline for the hour-long Hoover Dam Tour. The official tour takes visitors 530 feet down inside the rocks of Black Canyon and through the power plant to view the generators and penstocks (floodgates). You’ll also explore tunnels inside the plant, and see markings left by inspectors in the dam’s early years. Groups of up to 20 can take the tour, which is offered every half hour. Afterwards, navigate your co-workers up to the exhibit gallery and observations decks for more mini-lessons and exhibits related to this massive marvel of modern engineering. This tour is especially relevant for architects, engineers and those in the construction industry.

Dune Buggy Chase

Is your group adventurous? Thrill-seekers will get a rush out of cruising the desert on a dune buggy or ATV. Sunbuggy Fun Rentals caters to groups with 2, 3 or 4-seater vehicles and facilities large enough to accommodate up to 1,000 people. The deal is straightforward: take a free bus ride from your Vegas hotel to the dunes, get a quick overview of your vehicle, and take off on an open desert track, racing against your teammates to get to the finish. This activity can be as cooperative or competitive as you want, but if you’re looking to build teamwork skills you’ll want to stick with smaller groups.

Mind Games   

Thought leaders, creatives and problem solvers will appreciate the cerebral activities at Adventure Games. Taking a more traditional teambuilding approach, this company has around a dozen skill games aimed at boosting communication, leadership or cooperation. Race against the clock to find a hidden treasure, or surprise your team with a room escape when they think they’re showing up for a one-hour motivational seminar. Other options include a spy game that’s set up like The Amazing Race, a survival skill camp, and a musical competition where teams must work together to form the best rock band. No matter what your team’s skill set or interest, there’s an activity here to match – and push your employees or co-workers to the next level.

Employee retreats don’t have to be filled with boring meetings and training workshops. Take a break from core tasks and spend some time working on communication, cooperation and other interpersonal skills that can help your team come together. Call 800-455-3490 or contact Black Canyon River Adventures online to get your Vegas teambuilding vacation started, and make us the first stop on your next company retreat.

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