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Let’s explore together

We know the struggle of trying to figure out how to get around Estes Park and the surrounding area. Finding private, clean, and reliable transportation for your vacation can be a hassle, but that’s where we come in! Whether it is a trip down the mountain, a ride to the Stanley Hotel, or an exploration into Rocky Mountain National Park. We’ve got you covered!

Our Story About Explore Estes Park Taxi Alternative & Private Tour
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Our story

We are a husband and wife owned small business in Estes Park. We have traveled around the world, but no place has captured our hearts the way Estes Park has. We love this place so much that we got engaged and married within the Rocky Mountain National Park. Now, we want to share our love for the area with others by making transportation easy for anyone that comes to visit the Estes Valley.

Meet Your Team

Riley Higgins

Riley Higgins

Tour Guide + Driver

Creating lifelong memories, one tour at a time.

Marriah Higgins

Marriah Higgins

Admin + Driver

I’ll take care of the boring stuff, you go enjoy yourself.

Raffie Higgins

Raffie Higgins

Manager + Support

I could play (or nap) in the mountains all day.

Your Rides

Our Story About Explore Estes Park Taxi Alternative & Private Tour - Our Subaru

The Blubaru

Tours & Ride Services

Driver: Riley

 

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Rhonda the Honda

Ride Services

Driver: Marriah

 

Sit back and enjoy the ride as we pick you up in either of our comfortable rides. Both our 2020 Subaru Ascent and 2013 Honda CR-V are equipped with all-wheel-drive, so if your journey includes dirt roads, rain, snow, or ice, you don’t have to worry one bit. Our vehicles were made for the mountain roads!

Our Blubaru can fit up to 6-passengers total, but we take a maximum of 5 to keep your ride comfortable. (We advise leaving the third row for adults under 5’11” or children.) And Rhonda the Honda can fit up to 4-passengers total. Check out some of the awesome features that both vehicles have below.

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5-star NHTSA safety rating to keep your family secure

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Equipped with All-Wheel-Drive for dirt, snow, or icy roads

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Sunroofs that open up and allow for top views

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Tan leather seating that we sanitize after each ride

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Front heated seats to keep you warm in the winter

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Hatchbacks to maximize storage for your luggage or hiking gear

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What you can expect during our time together

When you ride with us, we will make sure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience no matter if you’re simply joining us to get from point A to B, or cruising through the Rocky Mountain National Park on one of our tours. To better accommodate our explorers, we will pick you up right at your location in Estes Park.

We offer only private rides to keep our focus entirely on your party. Currently, we require masks to be worn if you are not fully vaccinated. Our team is fully vaccinated and will wear a mask at your request.

During your ride, we like to tell interesting stories of how Estes Park came to be and the history of the Rocky Mountain National Park. So sit back, relax, and take in the beautiful views as we explore the Rockies together.

Licensing & Credentials

Licensed Transportation Business in Colorado

We are one of the few licensed transportation businesses in Estes Park. We are officially licensed by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Our PUC number is 55972.

Licensed Rocky Mountain National Park Tour Guide

We are fully licensed to operate as an official tour guide within the Rocky Mountain National Park. This includes driving and hiking tours, as well as trailhead drop-offs.

Fully Insured with Commercial Liability Insurance

We are fully insured and we operate under commercial auto and general liability insurance to keep our Explorers protected inside and out of our service vehicles.

CPR & First Aid Certified

All of our drivers are required to be certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and First Aid to keep your family safe in an emergency situation.

Clean Driving Record & Background Check

All of our drivers are required to pass a background check and have a clean driving record that is free of accidents, moving violations, or points.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are you keeping passengers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We are doing everything we can to keep our driver and passengers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We reserve the right to refuse or terminate our services without refund to any individual or group that does not adhere to our safety guidelines. Our safety guidelines include:

 

  • Our team is fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals, however masks that cover the nose and mouth to be worn by all passengers over the age of 3 who are not fully vaccinated when within the vehicle. No exceptions.
  • We are accepting groups of up to 5 passengers maximum.
  • Providing alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol for both our driver and passengers.
  • Routinely cleaning and disinfecting all door handles and inside surfaces with Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals.
What kind of vehicle will I be picked up in?

For our tours and some of our ride services, we pick up our guests in a 3-row blue 2020 Subaru Ascent. For a majority of our ride services, we pick up our guests in a 4-passenger gray 2013 Honda CR-V.

Our vehicles have an overall 5-star rating from the NHTSA. For our explorer’s safety, we make sure to keep our vehicles maintained on a regular basis as well as properly sanitized between every ride. Just look for our Explore Estes decals on the side of the vehicle when getting picked up!

What types of payment do you accept?

For our tours, we accept online credit or debit card payments from:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover & Diners
  • China UnionPay (CUP)
  • Japan Credit Bureau (JCB)

For our other ride services, we accept online and in-person credit or debit card payments from the above accepted card types as well as cash.

We do not accept check payments.

Do I need to tip my driver?

Tips are greatly appreciated and help us continue to run our business, but they are not mandatory.

Do you offer pickup outside of Estes Park?

All of our pricing includes free pickup from your location in the town of Estes Park for our tours. However, if you’re staying outside of Estes Park and simply need a ride to town for a day-trip, get in touch with us and we’ll send you our pricing depending on where you’re staying.

What if I want a longer tour?

At Explore Estes, we welcome longer explorations in Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park! If you want to add additional time to your tour we would be more than happy to accommodate you. Just let us know at time of booking if you want to take a special detour, or hop out and do a small hike, and we’ll make it happen!

Extra tour time will be charged at the additional rate of $75/hour due at the end of your tour.

What if I'm late to meet my driver at the pickup location?

We give our explorers a 10-minute grace period for pickup. If you anticipate you will be late, be sure to give your driver a call to let him know to wait for you. If we don’t hear from you within the 10-minute grace period, our driver will leave your pickup location and you will charged as if you had taken our transportation service or tour, without a refund given.

What if I have to cancel?

If you need to cancel, please let us know at least 48-hours before your departure time for a full refund. If we receive your cancellation request less than 48-hours before your departure time, there will be a 50% cancellation fee deducted from your deposit payment.

What if I miss my scheduled tour?

Our driver will wait up to 10-minutes at your pickup location. If we don’t hear from you within the 10-minute grace period, our driver will leave your pickup location and you will charged as if you had taken our transportation service or tour, without a refund given.

We’re sure to have a blast if…

You enjoy exploring at your own pace

You want to be chauffeured through the mountains

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You value safety and commit to wear a mask when necessary

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You appreciate learning small facts about where you are

You enjoy spontaneous detours and scenic routes

You love supporting small, family-owned businesses

Praise from Past Explorers

★★★★★

Did the tour with Riley yesterday and it was my first experience with a private guide. Riley did an amazing job taking the time to explain all the facts and details around Rocky Mountain Park. We even saw a black bear which is not as common to see in the park. You can tell Riley and his wife take a lot of pride in their business. They showed up early to pick us up, the Subaru was in perfect condition inside and out and the service with great. Highly recommend this company for your next tour in and around Estes Park.

– Jay K.

★★★★★

If you want an exceptional and personal experience getting acquainted with the Rocky Mountain National Park, I would encourage you to hire Riley! He picked up my cousin and me right on time in a very comfortable new Subaru Ascent, with water bottles, Kleenex, cell phone chargers and even binoculars! He hiked Sprague Lake and Bierstadt Lake with us, filling is in on all sorts of facts and stories (past and present) about the Park. Then he drove us all around other parts of the park, stopping along the way for photos of long horn sheep, moose, and vistas. Riley is engaging and knowledgeable and he and his wife have developed a fantastic business.

– Carolyn R.

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