TEAM BUILDING EXPERIENCES
Plato once said, "You can learn more about a person in an afternoon of play than in a year of conversation."
The Bishop's Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa is proud to offer an expanded Team Building and Group Recreation program with a our trained Group Facilitator onsite. Team Building activities can be a fun and constructive part of any Business Conference or Corporate Retreat. Pricing ranges from $10 - $75 per person. Please call 505-983-6377 or 800-419-0492 for information and activity reservations. Listed below are the many experiences your group can partake in while staying at our Santa Fe Resort.
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GROUP ACTIVITIES - EXPERIENCES
These activities employ experiential techniques that can be tailored to the group’s needs and desires. Focus areas may include team building, communications and collaboration, problem solving, leadership development, trust building or celebration of group accomplishments.
Mountain Scavenger Hunt with GPS Technology: We add new excitement to a group hike in a beautiful setting by combining fun, physical activity and GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. Each team uses an advanced GPS device to search for a hidden location, where they unearth a clue, and sometimes undertake team challenges, to help them find the next destination. We emphasize team building, communication and fun! Organized for groups from 8 to 100 guests and can include lunch. During the winter months, the scavenger hunt can be conducted on snowshoes.
Santa Fe Geocaching Challenge: This new and exciting adventure involves the use of GPS devices to discover and explore some of Santa Fe’s most prominent historical and cultural landmarks. As part of the challenge, group participants will find popular sights and learn more about historic Santa Fe in a fun and adventurous way. At several stops, guests also undertake a team challenge before proceeding to the next destination. Upon completion of the Challenge, all guests will receive a themed gift for their accomplishment. Organized for groups from 8 to 100 guests and can include lunch.
Corporate Adventure Challenge: Groups that thrive on challenge and adventure will find our multi-sport Corporate Adventure Challenge stimulating and rewarding. Teams are given the unique challenge of navigating a scenic course while undertaking three exciting sports such as geocaching with GPS technology, mountain biking and wall climbing. Teammates—who must collaborate and support and encourage each other to meet the challenge—gain valuable insights into their colleagues as well as the northern New Mexico setting. Your group will rise to a new level in successfully completing this customized adventure race. Each guest receives a themed gift (an attractive pocket compass/thermometer) to recognize the achievement of completing the race. Organized for groups from 8 to 25 guests and can include lunch.
Western Adventure Challenge and Party: Upon arrival at the Ranch, guests are divided into “posses” and take on the role of a cowboy or cowgirl during the times of the Wild West. Posses compete in a Western Challenge involving a variety of adventurous team challenges and games such as dummy steer roping, archery, cowboy relays and casino gaming. Afterwards, the group enjoys a western themed party, Western stunt show, delicious BBQ dinner, and Western band at this famous and fun setting. Organized for groups from 40 to over 250 guests.
Rock n’ Raft Adventure: Start your day off by rappelling into the breathtaking Rio Grande Gorge. After an exciting morning of rock climbing, you’ll enjoy lunch along the famous Rio Grande River. In the afternoon, you’ll experience the most scenic and fun sections by raft on an adrenaline-inducing whitewater trip through the Class III Racecourse stretch of the Rio Grande. This trip can also be done in reverse order.
CASUAL TEAM-BUILDING ADVENTURES
Whitewater Rafting: The most fun and scenic sections of the Rio Grande—including the adrenaline-inducing Class III Racecourse stretch—are within striking distance of Santa Fe. Whether you choose a whitewater adventure on the Racecourse or a float trip on a calmer stretch, your group will experience the pleasures of navigating the Rio Grande, one of America’s most impressive rivers, through awe-inspiring canyons. This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 100 guests and can include lunch and/or a stop at a scenic and convenient winery on the return trip.
Fly-Fishing: The serenity that comes from casting a fly on a clear mountain stream is yours on a Pecos River angling outing. Northern New Mexico boasts some of the most enjoyable fly-fishing in the Rockies. Catch (and release) wild brown trout on private land along the gorgeous Pecos, northeast of Santa Fe, accompanied by experienced guides who will take some of the mystery out of landing a lunker. This event can be organized for groups from 6 to 18 guests and includes lunch.
VIP Golf: Your group will experience one of the finest courses around Santa Fe, among the most challenging and beautiful in the Southwest—and quickly discover why golfers prefer teeing off at altitude. Options include the spectacular Black Mesa, Towa Golf Resort, and/or exclusive access to the private Las Campanas Golf Club. This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 72 guests in leisure or tournament format, and can include cart set-up, club rentals, and snacks or lunch.
Bandelier Adventure and other Hiking Adventures: We customize guided hikes to premier destinations in the Santa Fe area. Learn about the history and geology of places such as Bandelier National Monument, Tent Rocks National Monument and the Santa Fe National Forest. Our hiking trips are tailored to your group’s desire and fitness level. The easiest outing is a gentle and rolling walk with stops to learn about history, native flora and local geology. A more strenuous hike may include more elevation gain and spectacular views. Our guides’ wisdom and encouragement will keep your group smiling. This event can be organized for groups of various sizes and can include lunch.
Mountain Biking: Your group can sample a fat-tire feast of exciting trail riding in the Santa Fe National Forest and other areas nearby. Our guided mountain biking is customized for a variety of skill levels and interests, from an easy cruise along the scenic Santa Fe Rail Trail to the more challenging singletrack of the Dale Ball Trails. Our expert guides are knowledgeable insiders, intimate with the terrain and handy with a spare tube. This event can be organized for groups from 4 to 20 guests and can include lunch.
Puye Cliffs Tour: For more than three centuries beginning in the late 1100’s, Puye Cliffs was home to approximately 1500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there. In the late 1500’s, Puye Cliffs’ inhabitants moved into the Rio Grande River valley likely due to drought. These inhabitants are ancestors of the present-day Santa Fe Clara Pueblo people. Knowledgeable native guides lead guests on an exploration of this recently re-opened monument, including close-up examination of the enigmatic cliff dwellings as well as the mesa complex, with anthropological interpretation. Native dance or pottery demonstrations can be arranged as an added part of the group experience. This event can be organized for groups of various sizes and can include lunch or dinner.
Taos and the High Road Adventure: Enjoy a journey to Taos to visit one of the most famous pueblos and to see other popular Taos sites—plus a lunch stop at Doc Martin’s in the historic Taos Inn. The group will take the scenic High Road to Taos with a stop in the old Spanish village of Chimayo where they will encounter the centuries old art of weaving. The group will then experience the culture epitomized by the Santurio de Chimayo—one of the most important U.S. Catholic pilgrimage sites because of the miracles attributed to the soil beneath the church. This adventure’s highlight will include a visit to the Taos Pueblo, a United Nations World Heritage Site. This ancient Native American village has been continuously occupied for over 1,000 years. The group will also have time to enjoy the many intimate shops and art galleries within Taos. This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 45 guests and includes lunch.
CULTURAL AND HOLISTIC GROUP ACTIVITIES
Santa Fe Cultural Tour: Enjoy a private walking tour of the oldest capital city in the United States—a memorable stroll through hundreds of years of history, beauty, culture and conflict. Your group will be led by entertaining and informative guides who will share the cultural impact of Santa Fe. The tour includes visits to major downtown historic sites and pointers to popular restaurants, shops and museums to enjoy during the group’s stay. Enhance this tour with stops at several premier museums and/or art galleries to create a full “Santa Fe Highlights Tour.” This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 100 guests and can include lunch.
Southwestern Cooking Class: Hands-on cooking classes are a great way to get your group interacting together in a fun, new environment. Participants break into small teams, and each team is responsible for creating a different part of the distinctive Southwestern menu. Everything is overseen by one of the Santa Fe School of Cooking’s outstanding local chefs, who help to ensure that everything is going to taste great! The chef will also share tips, techniques and hints about cooking all the while. Your event will end with everyone enjoying the meal that they created together. This event can be organized for groups of 15 to 35 guests and includes a gourmet meal.
Santa Fe Restaurant Walking Tours: Meet top local chefs and learn about Santa Fe’s diverse, culinary scene, while getting a chance to experience as many restaurants as possible in one outing! Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes and arrive hungry for the only tour of its kind in New Mexico. We'll start at the internationally recognized Santa Fe School of Cooking for a meet and greet with the chef/guide complete with a delicious sampling from their repertoire, then it’s out for a guided tour to four of Santa Fe's most prestigious dining destinations. Each stop will include a private tasting and audiences with the chefs, owners and other key players that make this city one of America's Top Culinary Capitals!
Museum Hill Adventure: Venture beyond downtown and Canyon Road to the cluster of Santa Fe arts institutions known as Museum Hill. Guests visit three of these delightful and varied museums, which focus on a range of themes from Spanish Colonial to American Indian to Folk Art, accompanied by expert guides who provide context, history and insight into the exhibitions. Enjoy a cornucopia of art in a beautiful hilltop setting. This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 36 guests and can include lunch.
Star Party: What’s up there beyond the Big Dipper? Blessed with high altitude and little artificial light, stargazing in New Mexico is a dream. In our unusually dark sky, there’s much to observe and identify. Our expert astronomers engage the group by bringing the more remote jewels of the night sky within reach. Using binoculars and telescopes, guests are introduced to close-up views of objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. This event can be organized for groups of 8 to 150 guests and includes refreshments.
Sundowner Hikes and Outdoor Cooking Class: Our knowledgeable guides will lead your group on an energetic hike to explore the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, an easy drive from Santa Fe. This late afternoon hike will be based on your group’s desire and will include stops to learn about flora and geology—plus views from high above the city. Afterwards, your efforts will be rewarded as our staff and a master chef meet you for a cooking class and sundowner treat. We have partnered with the Santa Fe School of Cooking to offer a full Southwestern cooking experience. Your chef will lead the group in whipping up a full sundowner meal in the mountains with the use of Dutch ovens. While preparing your meal, savor a glass of local wine and some fresh chips and salsa and enjoy a breathtaking sunset in the expansive skies of northern New Mexico. This event can be organized for groups from 12 to 50 guests.
Downtown Historic or Southwestern Cooking Scavenger Hunt with GPS Technology: These scavenger hunts, also using GPS devices, take place in the heart of Santa Fe with a focus on Santa Fe history and/or distinctive southwestern cuisine. Teams visit popular sites and learn about historic Santa Fe while gathering crucial resources and information for creating a gourmet meal or completing a history trivia challenge. The hunts focus on team planning, effective use of resources, leadership, and recognition of team and individual accomplishments. The Scavenger Hunt can also be modified to culminate with a “Build-a-Bike” “voluntourism” project, where the group assembles bikes for needy children in the Santa Fe area.This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 75 guests and can include lunch.
Ropes Challenge Course: Teams work together to navigate obstacles and barriers to promote trust and teamwork. Sample challenges include the High Y, in which participants climb in pairs, traversing a wire to a common goal (the climbers are attached to safety ropes and wear a harness and helmet); the Dangle Duo, in which participants, also climbing in pairs, ascend a shaky ladder to a common goal; and the Climbing Tower, in which groups of three are connected by a tether and climb to a common goal. This event can be organized for groups from 8 to 60 guests and can include lunch.