Scottsdale offers many opportunities for groups to break out of the traditional team-building box with innovative and adventurous activities that challenge and reward. Here are just a few examples of extreme team building activities sure to test the mettle of even the hardiest of groups.
RIDING THE RANGE
Mosey on down to Arizona Cowboy College and learn how to rope like a pro! Your group will be trained on authentic cowboy skills such as riding, roping, cutting, shoeing, herding, branding and doctoring, all while emphasizing team building and cooperation. The college is challenging, and students are expected to pull their own weight with guidance from skilled instructors. One-day, three-day and five-day sessions are offered, and sessions can be tailored to fit the needs of each cowboy and cowgirl in training.
CRUISIN’ LIKE MARIO ANDRETTI
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is the largest purpose-built facility in North America, featuring a 1.6-mile racetrack and an 8-acre asphalt pad. There’s no better way to build trust and confidence among team members than driving door handle to door handle at 100 miles per hour in a Dodge Viper, Chevrolet Corvette or Formula Mazda. Attendees experience the art of high-performance driving; they may even drive from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds in these mean machines.
Stop by Octane Raceway, home to a one-third mile racetrack, which begins indoors then winds through an outdoor section that is covered by a permanent steel canopy. Enjoy teambuilding in the fast lane with state-of-the-art, high-speed electric karts that travel up to 45 miles per hour.
If your group prefers to admire racecars instead of driving racecars, bring your event to Penske Racing Museum. The museum showcases an extensive collection of cars, trophies and racing memorabilia chronicling Penske Racing’s 40 plus years of racing, including a replica of the 1963 Pontiac Catalina Roger Penske rode to victory in the 1963 NASCAR Riverside 250. The museum has 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, plus additional outdoor space. Music, food and beverage and activities, such as a Land Rover test climb, are available.
CITY SLICKERS IN THE SONORAN DESERT
At Fort McDowell Adventures, experience excitement and adventure on City Slicker Cattle Drives through the vast Sonoran Desert. Parties of 10 or more can participate in a two-hour excursion pushing cattle back to the stables. On the journey, get a taste of the real cowboy life and hear tales of the days when wild mustangs ran free across the landscape. Complete the cattle drive experience with a hearty meal on the trail, at the stables or back at La Puesta del Sol, a 7,200-square-foot Spanish Pueblo style Ramada with open courtyards, patios, fireplaces and an 1890s rustic saloon.
TAKE IT TO THE TOP
AZ on the Rocks, Arizona’s largest indoor rock-climbing facility, is home to 14,000 square feet of textured terrain. Groups can partake in an exciting team building program that will take them to an emotional and physical high. Learn basic knot-tying and equipment usage, then work together to make it to the top of the wall. The program helps build trust and improve communication and listening skills.
SURVIVING THE ELEMENTS
Arizona Outback Adventures offers invigorating outdoors experiences for groups including kayaking, hiking, biking and stand-up paddle boarding. Arizona Outback Adventures’ expert guides set up the challenge and are on-site throughout the program to ensure a successful experience.
A BIRD’S EYE VIEW
A trip to the Grand Canyon with WestWind Air Service is a great option for a thrilling half-day activity. Take in the magnificent sights of the natural world wonder as you fly through the grandeur of the South or West rims.
Professional climbing guides from Arizona Outback Adventures and 360 Adventures help your group experience the thrill of recreational rock climbing and rappelling amidst some of the desert’s most beautiful scenery, while building your self-confidence and enjoying a great sense of accomplishment. The McDowell, Granite, Cholla and Camelback mountains are hot spots for this booming sport.
Canyoneering might be a new word for your vocabulary but 360 Adventures guarantees that just one experience will have your group hooked. The journey takes participants to the Roosevelt Lake area for hiking, wading, swimming, scrambling and rappelling excursions through one of geology’s most impressive feats – a canyon. Professional guides navigate attendees through spectacular chasms as they encounter the stunning elements of the high Sonoran Desert.
A GROUP RIDE
Get your group behind the wheel of a Tomcar, a vehicle originally developed for use by the Israeli Defense Forces, with self-driven tours from Desert Wolf Tours and Green Zebra Adventures. Drivers and passengers romp through the desert at their own pace and learn all about Arizona’s varied desert terrain.
During Pink Adventure Tours’ Cactus Canyon Adventure, expert guides lead groups on an off-road adventure through the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in hot pink Jeep Wranglers. With sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert all around and rocky, dry creek beds ahead, groups will spot majestic saguaro, expansive ocotillo and pesky jumping cholla cacti while learning about the ecosystem, as well as American Indian history and culture. During the Sonoran Desert Adventure, groups will explore the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, 30,200 acres of protected land, on foot and nearby Saguaro Lake on the Desert Belle Cruise.