Private Summer Rocky Mountain Tour

Explore the Rocky Mountain National Park at your own pace

Join us for a pre-planned tour through the Rockies, or customize your route during the drive! We’ll create a unique experience that you’ll never forget.

Tour the Rockies

Not having any luck securing a timed entry permit? Skip the stress and hop on a private tour with Explore Estes! Let’s explore the Rocky Mountain National Park together in comfort. We have a pre-planned route that we take our explorers through, but we are ready to alter it at the drop of a hat depending on what you, the explorer, wants to do. Did we encounter a herd of Elk and you want to sit and take photos? Just let your driver, Riley, know and we will do whatever we can to give you and your party the most memorable experience that you can only get with Explore Estes.

The Itinerary

Tours available June 1st through August 31st:

Our general route on this 4 – 5 hour summer tour picks you up at your location in Estes Park, starts you in the lower valley meadows, then takes you on an off-road drive up the famous Old Fall River Road (when open – typically July through September) where you will see beautiful mountain views and waterfalls, we’ll stop at the highest visitor center in the US National Park system, and drive back down the highest continuous paved road in the United States, Trail Ridge Road (when open – typically June through September), on our way back to Estes Park.

When Old Fall River Road or Trail Ridge Road are not open, you will take alternate routes so you can still experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

This guided experience is not a hiking tour, and instead focuses on driving through the National Park with small strolls while learning about the early stories and history of Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Here’s what to expect

Tour Overview


Group Size: 2 minimum – 5 maximum

Tour Times: 8:30am

Duration: 4 – 5 hours. Can be extended for a fee.

Vehicle: We tour our Explorers in the “Blubaru.” A 3-row 2020 Blue Subaru Ascent.

Food & Drinks: Complimentary bottled water will be provided. Food will not be provided, be sure to pack a sack lunch!

Permits: Your entrance fee and timed entry permit are included. A $32 value that sells out quickly!

 COVID Procedure: Per the CDC’s guidelines, we sanitize our vehicle after each ride, masks are now optional, and your driver is fully vaccinated.

 Investment: Adult – $150 | 12 & under- $120
*Please note that we have a 2 adult minimum tour rate which applies to single passengers.

Praise from Past Explorers


“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.


“My wife and I had a fantastic tour of Fall River Rd and Trail Ridge Road with Riley. Riley was a perfect guide – personable and very knowledgeable about RMNP. He had some great stories about the history of the Park. The Outback was very comfortable and we could just relax and enjoy the sights. The Outback could easily fit 5 or 6 so it would be perfect for a family. Riley was very flexible in terms of what we wanted to see and even gave us time to do a couple of short hikes along the way. We saw a number of tour companies along the way which has a lot more people on their tours. I would highly recommend Explore Estes over these options for more privacy and flexibility. We even saw a couple of bears along Fall River Road which was a highlight.”

– Dana M.

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