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John K.

Boulder, Colorado, United States

I've found leading my Colorado guided tours is an especially enjoyable way to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm for Colorado, along with my love of photography.

I don't have routine tours. My guests are unique, the seasons change, the weather throws us a curveball.
For me, Boulder and its surroundings are ideal, even idyllic, and I enjoy showing the area to visitors. Most tours are a comfortable mix of driving, walking and sightseeing, the exact blend is up to you. We can spend the day mostly driving and seeing the best sites or we can meet nice and early, and hike into the high country to see the wildflowers.

I've had the good fortune to explore Colorado like few others and have the skills to provide a truly unique travel experience. I've photographed and written six books, four on Colorado, and can provide professional photographic instruction. My captioned photos which accompany my tour descriptions give you an idea as to the possibilities. Many of my guests are passionate about photography or want to experience a once-in-a-lifetime Rocky Mountain sunrise tour, so meeting at 4 AM isn't unusual at all.

Born and raised in Iowa, I was always fascinated with travel and the outdoors, especially Colorado. So when given the opportunity, I moved to Colorado, graduating from CSU in zoology. My wanderlust persisted and I was soon off to experience Washington and complete my master's degree in entomology at WSU. Upon graduation, I was as much a 'naturalist' as a scientist. Eager to return to Colorado, I visited Boulder and decided this was where I was going to live. After eight years of scientific research related jobs, I took the plunge into photography and writing.

I guess, my experience as a tour 'leader' began in 8th grade, when my mom would drop-off my younger brother and I for a weekend of tent camping, with me supposedly in-charge. On a more serious note, I was a senior instructor for five years with the Colorado Mountain Club's rock climbing and mountaineering school. Over the many years, I've led countless guided hikes, nature tours and photo workshops in Boulder and our nearby mountains, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Indian Peaks Wilderness and Mt Evans.
My wife Beth and I live in Boulder and have two grown daughters. I have taught and continue teach a variety of photographic subjects from landscape and wildlife photography to travel and people photography. We love to explore Europe and ski the magnificent Alps.

A Recent Review of this guide

John was an amazing guide. This was my first experience with ToursByLocals and it was probably the best tour I have ever had, it was like I was hanging out with a friend. John had a lot of knowledge about all things nature in Rocky Mountain National Park and could answer all my questions. I got to see so much of the park including the animals and hiked as well. I feel like we covered it all during this tour!
Natalie Cheung

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Credentials

Photographed and wrote six books on photography, four on Colorado.
Masters of Science degree in entomology from Washington State University.
Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Colorado State University.

Restrictions

My car can fit up to 4 people comfortably. I have a 2018Honda CR-V, with all-wheel drive. Please inquire for larger groups.

Guide Requirements for United States

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Tours by John K.

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Private tour guide John

Colorado's Majestic Wildlife

Experience Colorado's Observable Wildlife with a private guide

400 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

14 hours

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Rocky Mountain National Park Tour

The Park's Best Views and Sites with your private guide

400 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

14 hours

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The Best of Boulder Tour

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Boulder's Best Sites, Chautauqua Park, Pearl Street Mall and others,,...

275 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours

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The Best of Denver Private Tour

Best of Denver's best sites including Civic Center Park, the 16th Street,...

275 USD per tour

(for up to 3 people)

4 hours

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Colorado autumn tour with a private guide.

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Tour Colorado's mountains and view it's fall aspen trees.

400 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

12 hours

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Professional Nature Photography Workshop,...

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Landscape and wildlife photography instruction for every level.

400 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

12 hours

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Two Day, Best of Colorado Private Tour

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Explore Denver, Boulder and Colorado's Mountains with a Private Guide

725 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 days

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Royal Gorge Bridge Park and Garden of,...

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Experience Colorado's most unique amusement park and dramatic natural,...

425 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

14 hours

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