What people are saying about Dave...
“This was the best historic tour I have ever attended. RMNP is lucky to have Dave Lively as a volunteer, and we hope the program continues for many years.”
– T. Pickett, Texas
“A true lover of Rocky and the many wonderful stories of the park and it’s people!”
– Mary Taylor Young, author,
“Rocky Mountain National Park-The First 100 Years”
“Dave Lively’s presentation “People of the Kawuneeche Valley” is superb. Probably no one knows more or tells the story of the valley so well. Dave’s own family has deep roots in that gorgeous mountain valley on the headwaters of the Colorado River, known by the Arapaho as Kawuneeche or Coyote Creek. Dave provides a unique mix of family history, hos own scholarship and his experience leading tours of that fabled valley noted for its dude ranches, spectacular scenery, trout fishing and moose galore.”
- Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel,
Professor of History and Director of Public History,
Preservation and Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver.
"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
"The Denver Westerners express appreciation to Dave Lively for an important contribution to western history."
“Dave Lively knows his stuff. He's a consummate storyteller who has done deep and admirable research to bring tangible life to true stories surrounding Colorado landscapes that we all love. His words and images create enlightening history lessons, engaging stories and a memorable experience.”
- Jennie Lay
Bud Werner Memorial Library
“The wonderful stories you tell give all of us so much appreciation for this wonderful valley in which we live.
Thank you ever so much, Dave.”
- Donna L.
“Rocky's West Side Stories”
Stories of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Do you ever wish you had lived in the pioneer days? You would have the inspiration to cross the Ute trails over the mountains to camp on the side of Colorado’s largest lake. You would discover the courage, and adaptability to live in a cave on the side of the mountain while digging a ditch to divert water out of the Grand River. You could work at the Hotel DeHardscrabble. You show the stamina to walk from Denver to work on the Harbison Dairy ranch. You could have seen the Arapaho horse pack trip wander through what would become Rocky Mountain National Park as they named the peaks and the area’s features. You would have heard them use the name Kawuneeche. You might have heard Enos Mills talk of preserving the land for all to explore and enjoy.
Living now you will explore all these experiences and more. You will be inspired to encourage your children and grand children to preserve the Wilderness, Wildlife and Wonder of Rocky Mountain National Park’s west side far into the future.
In “Rocky's West Side Stories” Dave takes you on a speedy tour of the recurring themes of survival and success the past 11,000 years in our high isolated mountain valley. Always transient, the ebb and flow of passing cultures has influenced life today in this unique alpine corner of our nation.
Come and enjoy stories of human nature encountering Mother Nature in what is now the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park.
This program is enjoyed most by ages 9 and up.
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“SISTERS OF COURAGE”
The Harbisons - An ordinary family who led an extraordinary life.
In “Sisters of Courage” Dave follows one family through the turmoil of the last half of the 19th century. The Civil War, Westward Expansion, the Panic of 1893 are all well known historical events that take on new meaning with this story of their impact on a single family.
Buffeted by the winds of national events, the family starts their life over yet again as Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded in our peaceful mountain valley.
Walk with them from Denver as they chose to operate a dairy ranch to supply fresh milk to the expanding Grand Lake population.
Come and enjoy their story leading up to the development (and underdevelopment) of Rocky Mountain National Park. Learn how the Harbison ranch buildings were removed to allow their ranch to become the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.
This program is enjoyed most by ages 9 and up.
"STEP-ON GUIDE SERVICE"
Enhance your visit to Grand Lake with stories from the past.
Allow Dave the opportunity to “Step On” your bus or van as you explore the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. He will bring new insight to your guests as they learn of the people who have enjoyed the area during the last 11,000 years. 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 found with the tourists.
This program is most enjoyed by ages 9 and up.
Arapaho horse racetrack