It’s about the scenery…

It’s about the history…

It’s about the PEOPLE!


“An engaging and informative storyteller, Mr. Lively shared a great deal of intriguing information about the Native Americans and early settlers in the valley.”

Christopher R.

Overland Park, Kansas

“Very Interesting – very fluid – very knowledgeable.”

Diane B.

Group Tours

“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

“I highly recommend Dave Lively for a Rocky Mountain National Park tour. I booked a “Step-On” tour with Dave for my family reunion. I rented a coach bus, and Dave met us at our Hotel in Broomfield and guided us through the day tour. He was extremely knowledgeable about Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as the surrounding area and Colorado in general. His narrative was engaging and informative. His organizational and customer service skills are excellent. When I called him on the phone to discuss booking a “Step-On” tour, he gladly answered all of my questions and provided lots of details for planning this type of trip. He also prepared a draft itinerary and suggested coach bus rental companies I could contact. He was very open to my suggested itinerary changes, and very happy to accommodate them. Additionally, on the day of the tour he thought ahead about every detail, not only about the information he would share with us as the Historian Guide, but also providing printed maps of Colorado, as well as printed Lunch Maps of Grand Lake for Lunch. Additionally, he brought a cooler full of bottled water to share with my 40 family members, to ensure no one got altitude sickness. On the day of the tour, Dave also worked directly with the bus driver to ensure they were both on the same page about which route they would take, and exactly where they would stop along the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I highly encourage you to hire Dave Lively for your next tour!”

Private Tours

Great Tour of West RMNP with Dave Lively of Lively Tours and Talks – Tom De (TA)
“My wife and I took a private tour of western RMNP last week with Dave of Lively Tours and Talks. We had heard good things about his tours, but we both agree that the experience exceeded our already high expectations! The tour was an excellent combination of historical fact and anecdotes, practical knowledge concerning trailheads and hikes, and some amazing scenery with time to enjoy it. He even pointed out some of the best fishing spots along the Colorado River in the Kawuneeche Valley! We felt like we learned as much history, both ancient and relatively recent, to fill a semester’s worth of classes. So, if you have the opportunity, book a tour with Dave. You will find it time and money well spent!”

Educational and Fun Tour of Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake Area – Linda S (TA)
“I highly recommend this tour with Dave. He is knowledgeable of the area, and has great personal and historic stories. The time went fast and I was sorry when our tour was completed. This is a real opportunity to learn the history behind Rocky Mountain National Park.”

“I had the pleasure of taking one of the tours early this spring with Dave! He is a wealth of knowledge about the history of Rocky Mountain National park along with Grand Lake’s history. I found the tour to be very interesting and informative and FUN! I have been in Grand Lake for over 20 years now and I learned a lot! I highly recommend any of the tours that Dave conducts! You’ll learn so much!!! Thanks!”

Great Story Teller – Brey H (TA)
“My wife and I went on a 3hour trip on the Grand Lake side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Dave is a great story teller and knows not only the Grand Lake areas Like Rocky Mtn. NP but the original part of Grand Lake called Grand Lake City.He has Photos to give you an idea what it looked like before modern day progress. It is interesting and fun to see animals like Elk and deer on our tour. It’s worth the time.”