Welcome to Guided Tours in Rocky Mountain National Park

It’s about the scenery…

It’s about the history…

It’s about the PEOPLE!

I simply can’t imagine a better way to immerse yourself into the hidden narratives of a region, to explore quiet corners and appreciate the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling in a small group with your own tour guide. These are the experiences you cannot have behind the wheel of a car, or a train, or a tour bus. Participating in a Guided Tour with Lively Tours and Talks is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the nature and settings of a national park. Sure, Lively Tours and Talks provides access to historic photos and opportunities you could never arrange on your own. But all of our comprehensive planning and support is aimed at something far simpler; bringing you the immediate, highly personal satisfaction of discovering the past on your own terms.

Dave Lively

Take a personal and transformative experience into Rocky Mountain National Park where few others go.


“Taking the road less traveled” is a phrase sometimes over used, but Chief Experience Officer, Dave Lively, will unlock hidden narratives unavailable to the casual observer. He will guide you beyond closed gates leaving the pavement, parking lots and heavily used trails to reveal the stories of the valley’s people.

He will shine light on the rich history of Rocky in a way that brings the adventures of the people of the past to life. With stories and one of a kind photos he will connect you to events and personal journeys from the past, transporting you back in time and allowing you to visualize this wilderness in a new light.

Dave is a resident and well-known historian in Grand Lake, and the only Certified Tour Guide in Grand County, Colorado. He lives less than ½ mile from Rocky Mountain National Park, his backyard. His family homesteaded what is now the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, giving him generations of unique detailed knowledge, stories and photographs.

Dave will bring new insights as you learn of the people who have enjoyed the area during the last 11,000 years. You will hear stories of Native Americans naming many of the mountains and rivers we now enjoy, miners searching for that elusive “gold in them thar hills”, and pioneers who started ranching only to find more riches could be gained from tourists or supplying fresh milk to the growing population of Grand Lake.

Three distinct, four-hour, guided tours are offered

“Sisters of Courage”, “Rocky’s West Side Stories”, and “Lost Lodges of Rocky” with each tour offering walking to historic sites and additional travel by pickup truck to view areas offering many opportunities for stunning photos and possible wildlife viewing.


Sisters of Courage

The Harbisons – An ordinary family who led an extraordinary life…


Rocky’s West Side Stories

Do you ever wish you had lived in the pioneer days?


Lost Lodges of Rocky

Do you know there were more than 30 lodges in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Through helping you visualize historical people and events, you become one step closer to experiencing history, which in turn will help you better remember how history brings us to today and influences our efforts to preserve this special place.

You work hard to be able to travel, so we work hard to ensure your guided tour is everything you dreamed of. Each tour has a mix of sightseeing, history, points of interest, and short walks/hikes, plus the opportunity to immerse yourself into the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder of Rocky Mountain National Park.

All of our tours allow you plenty of time to enjoy your surroundings away from other people and are paced to your comfort level. Long after you leave our valley, your photos will remind you of your personal and memorable experiences of ROCKY!

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