10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN PALM SPRINGS

A sun-drenched city on the western edge of the Coachella Valley.

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Palm Springs in southern California is an adventure lover’s paradise. Set within the Sonoran Desert on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, the city offers many outdoor team-building activities such as hiking, biking and ATV tours.

Sightseeing fanatics can opt to take the aerial tramway that rises 8,500 feet from the desert floor to the summit of Mount San Jacinto. The tramcars rotate, giving you 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape and dramatic canyons below.

With up to 350 days of sunshine per year, Palm Springs is the ideal year-round location to host your team-building retreat. In the following resource, we’ve listed some of our favourite team-building activities to help you compile ideas for your next retreat.

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Soar above the mountains in a rotating tram car

  • Take in the stunning cliffs and canyons that surround the city in the world’s largest rotating tramcar.
  • The tram transports riders from the Chino Canyon to Mount San Jacinto State Park.
  • During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below.
  • At 8,516 feet, step out to enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, the natural history museum, two documentary theatres and a gift shop.
  • Once at the top, riders can enjoy 50 miles of spectacular hiking trails.

Explore the city on two wheels with a guided cycle tour

  • Cruise around the city, taking in the incredible architecture, celebrity homes and stunning scenery.
  • See the landmarks of Palm Springs and hear fascinating tales of life in this desert oasis.
  • The full tour lasts approximately two and a half hours.
  • Participants are provided with a 7-speed bike, helmet, water and audio receiver with an earpiece.
  • Make sure to visit the bathroom before starting, there are no bathroom facilities on the tour.
  • The flat terrain makes this an accessible tour for all fitness levels.

Uncover hidden clues to escape the room

  • Experience an unforgettable team-bonding experience as you attempt to escape a series of rooms by solving puzzles and uncovering clues.
  • No special physical strength is required, teams must work together, using teamwork, problem-solving and communication skills to overcome the challenges.
  • The escape room venue can accommodate a group of up to 110 players.
  • All the rooms are the same difficulty, but designated gamemasters are on standby to assist when necessary.
  • Teams have just 60 minutes to solve the mystery and escape the room.

Discover the Indian Canyons on a guided hike

  • Explore the famous Indian Canyons with over 60 miles of hiking and walking trails.
  • Hikers are advised to bring plenty of food, water and other essential supplies.
  • Take in the majestic scenery and see the beautiful wildlife.
  • With trail difficulties varying from easy to very hard, there are plenty of routes for all fitness levels.
  • The perfect activity for burning some calories while bonding with your colleagues.

Rent an ATV and take your journey off-road

  • Enjoy an adrenaline-pumping self-guided tour as you race through the desert sands.
  • No driving license is required.
  • All drivers are provided with a helmet, goggles and a disposable hygiene cap.
  • Only one rider is allowed per ATV.
  • An exciting team-building activity, suitable for all ages. 
  • The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

Munch through the city on a guided food tour

  • Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience as you sample delicious foods at five to seven locations.
  • For most, the total portion size equates to a standard-sized lunch.
  • The tour covers approximately one mile across flat terrain.
  • Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • The tour is conducted at a relaxed pace, suitable for all fitness levels.
  • The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and courteous.

Let the good times roll on the pedal-powered bar

  • Step aboard the cycle-powered by as you pedal through the city, stopping at several bars and pubs along the way.
  • Specific bar stops are at the discretion of the Captain based upon traffic, parking, game days, street closures.
  • At least six passengers are required to power the bicycle.
  • You’ll visit approximately three partner bars with 25-30 minutes at each stop.
  • The bike has plenty of storage space for your drinks and snacks.
  • Your captain breaks down the trip and provides useful information about the local area.

Paint and sip together with an art workshop

  • Build stronger relationships with your coworkers as you paint and sip on wine.
  • Choose to paint a picture from the extensive library or design your own.
  • The expert teachers work with you to help you create a unique masterpiece.
  • In-studio groups have the entire studio to themselves.
  • All painting equipment is provided including Canvases, brushes, paints, palettes, aprons and more.
  • All instructors are professional artists with years of experience in the industry.

Channel your inner pop star at the karaoke bar

  • Private karaoke events are available for groups of 25+ people.
  • The perfect place to come and sing, drink and hang out with your colleagues
  • All rooms are fitted with a state-of-the-art karaoke PA system.
  • The bartenders are friendly and make you feel very comfortable.
  • Delicious food is available from the on-site kitchen.

Practice power yoga with certified instructors

  • Stretch and strengthen your body as you learn new poses in a guided power yoga class.
  • Practising yoga as a group gives you the chance to develop lasting relationships with your coworkers.
  • Depending on the weather, your class can take place in the studio or on the rooftop.
  • Yoga mats are provided to all participants free of charge.
  • The instructors are calm, methodical and personable, helping you to feel right at home.
  • Enjoy the most beautiful views of the surrounding mountains while practising yoga.

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You can book these team building activities exclusively as a part of our retreat package.

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