consumed across the continent from November through March,” McClendon said.
“This healthy only-in-Yuma experience will
leave attendees full of knowledge and a
After lunch, groups can check out Yuma’s
new outdoor sports offering, FootGolf,
which doubles as a teambuilding activity.
Located at Desert Hills Par 3 Golf Course,
this variation on the traditional sport of golf
has players using their feet to get a soccer
ball into giant, 21-inch diameter cups.
“Groups could tailor the competition to
reward individuals or teams, or do variations like ‘best ball’ play,” McClendon said.
Perhaps a more scenic active group endeavor is to float or paddle on Yuma’s delightfully mellow portion of the Colorado River.
“Though much of the flow of the mighty
river has been diverted by the time it reach-es Yuma, getting out on the water is a great
way to experience nature in the world’s
sunniest destination,” McClendon said.
“That can include a lazy float on an inner
tube during warmer months or a paddle in
a canoe or kayak any time of year.”
McClendon noted that one of the put-in/
take-out points is just a five-minute stroll
from the Pivot Point Conference Center.
Southern Arizona, including Tubac, is
one of the premier birding regions in the
Southwest, according to Angela Kirkner,
executive director at the Tubac COC.
Groups can head out on either a walk
in Tumacacori National Historical Park
or along the Anza National Historic Trail,
where they may see flycatchers, hummingbirds, hawks and many other birds.
Also recommended in Tubac is the tried-and-true teambonding activity of golf.
Among the options for a group-friendly round are the three nine-hole courses
located at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa: Otero,
Anza and Rancho. A fun fact for players at
Rancho is that several scenes from the 1996
movie Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner and
Rene Russo, were filmed there.
After a golf tournament, planners can
either arrange a group meal function or
reception at the resort, which has covered
outdoor spaces, including a patio and
deck, or find a nearby restaurant with
“There are beautiful views from the
outdoor patio at Shelby’s Bistro,” Kirkner
said. “Alternately, the patio at Wisdom’s Dos
serves amazing, authentic Mexican street
fare and has an array of unique craft beers.”
Renting a bike from a local outfitter and
hopping on Sierra Vista’s nearly 30 miles of
multiuse paths is a great way to explore the
“These dedicated trails parallel roads
and cut through washes, parks and natural
areas, while offering paved pathways for
safe and easy cycling,” said Judy Hector,
marketing, tourism and public affairs man-ager/PIO for the city of Sierra Vista.
At The Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey
Canyon Preserve, which has a diverse hab-
itat for plant and animal life, groups will
find a more challenging active pursuit.
“The trail up Ramsey Canyon provides
access to the Hamburg Trail, a 2.8-mile trail
that passes through pine, manzanita and oak
forests while gaining 2,300 feet,” Hector said.
“The views at 8,075 feet are worth the trek.”
Groups interested in learning about
protecting a local hummingbird habitat
can watch a hummingbird-banding session
at San Pedro House, during which attend-
ees will see how researchers capture, band,
measure and release these birds. Sessions
run from late May to early October.
Among Sierra Vista’s group-friendly
options to grab a bite is Pizzeria Mimosa
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza, where Italian
specialties include handmade meatballs,
eggplant parmesan and various pasta dishes.
“Enjoy a glass of wine or one of the specialty cocktails, such as the house Sicilian
blood orange mimosa, while dining on the
patio,” Hector said. “Panoramic views of
the Huachuca Mountains, open grasslands
and the valley floor stretch to the Dragoon
and Chiricahua mountains.”
BIKING, SIERRA VISTA
Latest + Greatest
➜ Downtown Tucson’s AC Hotel by Marriott
( www.achotels.marriott.com) is scheduled to
open in summer 2017 with 130 guest rooms
and six suites.
➜ The 241-room Westward Look Wyndham
Grand Resort and Spa (www.wyndhamhotels.
com), which has more than 20,000 square
feet of function space, recently updated its
lobby, conference and meetings rooms, and
two on-site restaurants, GOLD and the Lookout
Bar & Grille.
➜ A project to upgrade and improve the
9,400-square-foot Sunset Terrace (www.
yumaaz.gov) is in the works at the Yuma Civic
Center. The Sunset Terrace is an outdoor patio
overlooking the Desert Hills Golf Course, adjacent to the 43,000-square-foot Civic Center
facility, which offers 25,000 square feet of
exhibit space and 15 meeting rooms.
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