When to visit

Rocky Mountain National Park

Discover the perfect time to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park with Lively Tours and Talks. From the vibrant reawakening of spring to the serene majesty of autumn, each season offers a unique palette of experiences for your passengers to cherish.


June Reawakening

Where else can your passengers ride through meadows filled with wildflowers in the morning and canyons of snow in the afternoon?

Fast Flowing snowmelt in the headwaters of the Colorado River wash spring across the Kawuneeche Valley. Your passengers enjoy the sight of a new generation of wildlife as Mother Nature wakes up from her blanket of snow. As you climb out of the valley on Trail Ridge Road, at 12,183’ the nation’s highest continuous paved road, they may experience the thrill of riding through walls of snow higher than the motor coach, that were carved by powerful snowplows just weeks before.


Rocky Mountain National Park in the cool summer

What memories will your passengers treasure after traversing Trail Ridge Road, the “Highway to Heaven,” along Native American pathways?

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 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.


Autumns Majesty

How many passengers have experienced the unique sound of a bugling elk?

Treat them to Rocky Mountain National Park’s glorious preparation for the long winter ahead. They will savor the quacking aspen with their shimmering gold leaves and white trunks against the dark green of the pines. The cool crisp mountain air will invigorate them as they experience Rocky’s wilderness, wildlife, and wonder. Autumn brings a slower pace to the unique shops along the boardwalks of Grand Lake and the Alpine Visitor Center.