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Step-on Group Tours

Rocky Mountain National Park

Transform your group outing into an unforgettable expedition with Lively Tours and Talks. Our step-on guide services for large groups are tailored to delve deep into the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, offering a perfect blend of education, exploration, and entertainment. Whether it’s a family reunion, educational trip, or a special club outing, we promise a day or multi-day trip filled with scenic views, engaging stories, and memorable moments that will linger long after your journey ends.

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Group Tours with Lively Tours & Talks

Lively Tours and Talks provides step-on guide services for large group bus and motor coach tours of Rocky Mountain National Park–the perfect day trip offering for senior/rec centers, schools, vacation clubs, family reunions and other private group functions.

Each tour has a mix of sightseeing, historic tales and trivia, short walks/hikes to scenic views plus the opportunity for the group to become immersed into the wilderness, wildlife, and wonder of Rocky Mountain National Park. Long after the bus or motor-coach leaves our valley, photos will remind with your passengers of their personal and memorable experiences of ROCKY!

Dave Lively is a certified tour guide, celebrated historian and long-time Grand Lake local. Lively Tours and Talks conducts tours in Rocky Mountain National Park under a Commercial Use Authorization permit.

Available Group Tours

The below tours are available as standalone options or offer the flexibility to mix and match them together, creating a truly unique experience. Additionally, we offer a selection of historic tours into the northern Colorado mountains, each providing a glimpse into the area’s rich history and breathtaking natural beauty. Get in touch today to customize your group’s experience and explore all the possibilities.

Tour Details


4-10 Hours


Groups of 10+ people, ages 14 and up


Tours start from Grand Lake
or your location


Email Dave or
call 970-531-1211 for a quote


Rocky Mountain National Park

What memories will your passengers treasure after traversing 12,183′ Trail Ridge Road, the “Highway to Heaven,” along Native American pathways and stagecoach roads?

Let your passengers escape the heat and enjoy cool refreshing mountain air and bright, warm high-altitude sunshine. Herds of elk browse the wildflower covered slopes above timberline, while the occasional moose meanders the valley meadows or wanders the boardwalks of Grand Lake. The inspiring views of 14,259′ Long’s Peak and the Never Summer Mountains are as enchanting as the glimpses of deep canyons and high alpine lakes. During the excursion Dave shares hidden narratives of the Native Americans and pioneer settlers scratching out a living in the short summers of the high rockies.


Colorado River Grand Beginnings

High in the Never Summer Mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park, a humble trickle of water seeps out of the ground to form the beginning of the Colorado River. Flowing ever downward, the Colorado picks up steam from snowmelt, numerous springs, creeks and rivers before plunging chaotically through the granite Gore Canyon. The Colorado weaves together the lives and livelihoods of people living in many small valleys along its way.

In Colorado, the river is mostly a clear mountain stream, although just before it enters Utah the river begins to look more like the sediment-filled Grand Canyon carver it will become downstream, and gains the reddish color that gave the river its name.

Known for its dramatic canyons, whitewater rapids, and eleven U.S. National Parks, the Colorado river and its tributaries are a vital source of water for more than 40 million people.

Come explore with us and enjoy the beauty, wonder and stories along the banks of one of our nation’s great rivers, this excursion will knock your socks off!


Scenic Cache La Poudre

The Cache la Poudre River has been a source of life and destruction. It has provided recreational thrills and sparked innovations that have touched the entire country.

The river begins its journey high in Rocky Mountain National Park collecting from snowmelt and mountain springs into high mountain lakes then growing as it flows east through meadows and tumbles down narrow canyons of granite, eventually joining the Mississippi River and flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Visit these meadows and canyons with us as you learn the equally rambunctious human side of Colorado’s only Wild and Scenic designated river.


What is a Step-On Guide?

A Step-On guide works with your Tour Director providing local expertise, enhancing your time and providing hidden insights and a deeper understanding of the area.

Where do you meet the motor coach?

Generally, I step-on board at your departure point the morning of the tour, or I will step-on in the Grand Lake area.

Do you step-on for multi-day trips?

Certainly! I would be happy to provide you with itinerary suggestions.

We already have a Tour Director on board, why would we hire Lively Tours and Talks?

To turn a good tour into a great experience! We have the local knowledge and insights to provide you a deeper understanding of the area.

What routes do you suggest?

I will be happy to work with you for suggested routes from and to your departure depending on the timing of your day.

Will you meet our bus or motor coach anywhere beside the Denver area?

Yes, we have offered step-on service from and to other areas such as Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Please contact us to discuss the timing and a suggested itinerary.

Do you offer tours to other locations beside RMNP?

Yes, please contact me if you are interested in other aspects of Grand County or Northwest Colorado.

How long will we be out of the bus on an average day?

I work with you on the suggested itinerary to schedule one to four hours off the motor coach.

Will we have photo stops?

Yes, several are scheduled on each tour and we try to accommodate wildlife sightings if traffic conditions allow for safely pulling off the road.

Will we see animals?

Moose, elk and deer are commonly sighted… no guarantees, they are wild animals. Big horn sheep, mountain goats, black bears, and small animals such as pika, marmots, chipmunks, and squirrels are a possibility.

What should we bring on the tour?

Itineraries may consist of walking on uneven terrain or walking through the forest without an improved trail at times. Bring along sunglasses, rain jacket, and/or coat, camera, memory cards, batteries, sunscreen, hat, and closed-toe sturdy walking shoes or boots. We suggest you bring a daypack. Walking sticks are not mandatory, but they do offer a level of stability on uneven surfaces such as trails we may be walking. We recommend you dress in layers to be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions common at high altitude.
You are welcome to bring beverages and snacks, but please leave the alcohol, tobacco and marijuana behind.

What does RMNP charge for a group to enter RMNP?

The entrance rates are currently based upon the capacity of the bus ranging from $75.00 to a maximum of $200 for a full-size motor coach.

Where there be time for shopping at the visitor center?

The itinerary can be adjusted to accommodate shopping time at a Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Center and/or in Grand Lake if desired.

Will you step-on for a family reunion or wedding party on a tour?

Please call or email me for suggestions to make your gathering an experience your guests will fondly remember.

Do you supply the bus?

Lively Tours and Talks does not provide the bus or motor coach, but I will be happy to suggest suppliers to suit your requirements.

When is the best time of year to bring a bus tour to Rocky Mountain National Park?

Rocky Mountain National Park is enchanting 365 days a year, but Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide is only open late May – mid October.

What is the best route to tour from Denver to Denver?

There are several options depending on the starting location. I’ll be happy to discuss them with you.

What if the weather is less than a Colorado Blue Sky day?

The tour is “on” rain or shine. Weather in Rocky Mountain National Park varies from moment to moment sometimes. Please be prepared for bright sunshine, partly cloudy days, light rain that may last only a few minutes to rain that may pour for hours on end. Snow is possible any day of the year at higher altitudes.

Are gratuities included in the step-on tour price?

Gratuities are not included because we believe that recognizing excellent service is a personal matter. At the end of your experience, although not compulsory, if you felt your tour guide did an outstanding job, tipping is encouraged – and welcomed. The amount is entirely a personal preference, many people follow restaurant guidelines of 15-25%.

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Dave is a wonderful speaker and storyteller and any age would enjoy his stories. My group can hardly wait for the next tour!”

Lynn Weis
Recreation Coordinator, Apex Park and Recreation District


Dave Lively is the best local tour guide I have ever encountered in 19 years of leading group tours across Canada and the USA. If you are bringing your family or a group (we had 47!) anywhere near RMNP, do yourself a favor and hire Dave for the day–I promise you will be glad you did! Our group is STILL talking about our day with Dave!”

Debbie Pearcy
Tour Director, Knoxville Tours