Your unique tour experience in Rocky Mountain National Park begins with Dave Lively as your step-on guide.  He will share with you sights and wildlife, and engage you with stories of the pioneer days like no one else can.  He also conducts tours of two of Colorado's most majestic scenic byways, Trial Ridge Road and the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway.

Dave lives less that 1/2 mile from where his family homesteaded what is now the Grand Lake entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.  He is a local historian, Certified Tour Guide and Certified Interpretive Guide with an unsurpassed knowledge and passion for the region.  He appears in the PBS documentary, "The Living Dream - 100 Years of Rocky" being shown nationally.  He is a regular step-on guide for History Colorado, senior centers, receptive operators and DMOs.  By specializing in tours in the Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park area I offer insight not often seen on "a trip passing through another national park".

Please visit LivelyToursandTalks.com to learn more or contact Dave.


 Name of Business:  Lively Tours and Talks                                                          

  Training & Accreditation:


 Primary Phone: 970-531-1211


  •  International Guide Academy​ - Certified Tour Guide                     


 Email: Dave@LivelyToursandTalks.com

  •  National Association for Interpretation - Certified Interpretive   Guide            


 Website Address:  https://livelytoursandtalks.com

  •  First Aid/CPR/AED qualified


 Years Experience:  17

  •   Rocky Mountain National Park - annual interpretation training


​Availability:  Half day, full day, multi day

Geographic Areas:  
Rocky Mountain National Park; Colorado Rocky Mountain area 120 miles northwest of Denver., Towns of Grand Lake, Granby, Fraser, Winter Park, Grand County historic roads, and US Highway 40 between Berthoud Pass and Rabbit Ears pass.

Special Sites: 
Rocky Mountain National Park; America's Scenic Byways Beginning at Grand Lake include Trail Ridge Road and Colorado River Headwaters; Historic areas and site; famous trails, early explorers, homesteaders, gold/silver mining sites; Ute/Arapaho battle sites; Arapaho horse racetrack, former hotel/lodge sites in Rocky Mountain National Park; Kauffman House Museum; Smith-Eslick Collage Court; 1870's original Grand Lake City; ranch site runway used by Charles Lindberg; Grand County Colorado.  

Special Groups:  Seniors, history buffs, historic roads, military, family reunions, corporate, banks, private party.

Special Interests:  Historical, Motor Coach tours, walking tours of Rocky Mountain National Park, fall color, sightseeing, cultural, historic preservation, ghost towns, Theme tours; Native American, restrooms on the National Register, CCC camps in Rocky Mountain National Park, Harbison sisters' homestead dairy ranch, grizzly bear attack survival.

Tour and Travel Services:  Step-on guide; Professional Speaker; guided walking/hiking tours; FAM tour guide. ​​