Your local Step-On guide, Dave Lively, offers a special insight to the best of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Colorado and Grand County, Colorado.
Dave is a resident and well-known historian at Grand Lake, Colorado. His family homesteaded what is now the Grand Lake entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, allowing him the opportunity to have a unique, detailed knowledge that no one else does. His ability to share this knowledge has been well received for over ten years in Rocky Mountain National Park. He uses his local color to shine light on the hidden narratives and insider stories from throughout the area.
Dave is the only Certified Tour Guide in Grand County. He is also a Certified Interpretive Guide. He is able to produce motor coach programs for assorted levels of activity and interests. Specializing in historical programs, he understands his audience and his resources to combine for a memorable experience with each tour. Visitors enjoy his popular walking tour programs in RMNP and often return on their next visit to Rocky.
He has combined his always popular guided interpretive walking tours and his auditorium programs to create a unique motor coach tour experience. Through helping the pax visualize historical people and events, Dave brings them one step closer to experiencing history, which in turn helps them remember history.
Dave partners with you to combine your itinerary and schedule with his suggested points of interest and sites to offer an incredible experience on a ½ day, full day or multi-day excursion.
Use the contact tab to email Dave or call him at 970-531-1211
to discuss suggested itineraries.
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.
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