Our Private Step-On Guides are ready to go!
Whether your motorcoach tour is stopping in Denver for just a few hours,
or you plan to be here for a longer visit,
we can't wait to meet you and provide a tour you'll always remember.
Shared with wit and enthusiasm,
And, of course we are all just a little prejudiced about our
Your Tour Group is Unique
The famous highlights of Denver on a City Tour?
The exact spot where the Pikes Peak Gold Rush began in 1859?
Our spectacular Western National Parks?
We're sure you have seen pictures of Colorado on television or the internet, but nothing compares with seeing it "up close and personal."
See the perfect place for a photo at sunset
Enjoy a short walk along a cold mountain stream
See the riot of mountain wildflowers
Pick up an old pan and find your own gold
Denver is on the move!
We are rich in history, but even richer in vision and western spirit.
Learn about our famous and infamous natives
See our modern Queen City of The Plains
See our amazing new architecture and civic buildings
Gaze on our latest whimsical public art
Steam engine trains
Lunch and dinner trains
Canyon trains and mountain trains
We even have our very own Train Museum to house all that train lore.
It's pure nostalgia for collectors and train buffs, and fun for kids of all ages.
Our Step-On Guides are so challenged by all there is to show you,
it's difficult to choose which route to take on any given tour, on any given day.
And, we believe that a motorcoach full of discerning Denver visitors these days
are not so interested in the usual “touristy” sites and sights.
That’s why we like to say
“Come for a visit … not just a view!”
Naturally, we highlight the cultural and sports venues and historic venues,
along with Victorian and ethnic neighborhoods.
But our Step-On Guides don’t provide any scripted, memorized or “canned tours"
you find in some cities. Designed for today's travelers, every tour is customized
for your group. We love special requests. Our guides are specially trained and flexible,
and so is your tour, based on your guests' interests and Itinerary.
For instance, say your group decides to visit the State Capitol Building,
the famous gold dome with all that splendor and history at your fingertips. Almost all motorcoach tour groups make a stop there. It’s iconic all right, but how about learning a little more about the folks who actually built it
and why Colorado is such a popular place for politicians to practice their politics?
What’s up with the Civil War Monument on the plaza … did we actually
have a Civil War Battle way out here in the West?
Why are those huge canons sort of pointed at the City and County Building?
Why is that Big Blue Bear peeking into the Convention Center?
After all, we’re not the Chicago Bears. We're the Denver Broncos!
Why did Colorado steal Buffalo Bill away from Wyoming,
our nice neighbors to the north?”
Well, if you want the answers, you have a couple of choices ...
1. If you love research and have the time,
sit down and find out for yourself.
2. Do it the fun and easy way with
A Guide Out West
The most important
question of all ...
just who are our
Specially selected for
each group request
Ready to show you everything
from a local's perspective
Dedicated to making the West come alive
OUR ONLY GOAL?
Making sure your tour is a great travel experience that you'll remember for the rest of your life
and Senior Guide,
Gaye Buzbee Jacobs
is proud to be the great-great-granddaughter
of Cornish immigrants, whose family traveled around the world in order to find a new life. She'll regale you with stories of the famous Tommyknockers, the Piskies and Giants who followed her ancestors to the gold and silver mines of Colorado.
(They found riches and then
lost it all ... a true riches-to-rags story waiting to be shared.)
A western historian and horsewoman, she is an avid genealogist who engages her tour groups with local tales, while encouraging visitors to share their own histories, weaving them into her custom commentaries.
p.s. She loves some of her dad's OLD Colorado jokes and most will make you groan.
One of our most popular Guides was pressed into service as
A Guide Out West
grew and our other guides were booked and busy.
is a premier historian who
loves to play the old tour game, "Stump The Guide!"
Even though he is not a native Coloradoan, he says
"It still counts, because I married one, and I got here
as soon as I could!"
He's climbed several 14,000 foot mountains, and specializes in mountain tours through the Rockies, jaunts through the
iconic Foothills, and the National Parks. He is expert at scoping out
the best vistas for photos, snow fields, alpine flowers, and your best chance to see the abundant resident wildlife (appearing upon request,
Frank is not only a very
savvy planner, he is
highly entertaining and
committed to exploring and surpassing your tour expectations.
You'll relate to several of our other guides who descend from pioneer farming
families and ranchers, way out in Nebraska and Kansas. Their goal was to find a new life, overcome a difficulty, or maybe just feel better in the mountain air. (Just like some modern-day pioneers who are
moving west these days!)
Having grown up and lived all over the world and speaking several languages
in the process, one of our most knowledgeable guides is Brad Hatfield.
He really likes to lead adventurous
tours of all kinds, from an easy wander in the hills to the challenge of a mountain trail.
A tennis pro in his free time, Brad
hikes, bikes, skis, rides snow-mobiles and more. He'll add in a short hike at any of his destinations, both easy and
a little more challenging.
But even though he's a mountain man, his city tours are just as fun.
He claims "My family is not the one
who fights with those famous
rascals, the McCoys!"
And, he's a great choice for more
active groups and and international visitors of all sizes.