Alpine Scenic Tours
Why choose Alpine? We offer a unique experience..there is a difference.
Our group tour trucks are the best the industry has to offer. Our competitors load up to 12 passengers per truck on bench seats. Alpine only takes 9 guests in comfortable bucket seats giving everyone their own space and room to stretch out. Other companies will give you a rain jacket (maybe) if it showers. Alpine covers the whole passenger compartment to keep you dry.
Our private tour truck is a customized 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Yes other companies use Jeeps for private tours but only Alpine equips out Jeep with a fully convertible passenger compartment and 2 of our signature bucket seats in the truck bed. We have modified the truck bed with a full roll cage for safety as well as a rain fly to keep you warm and dry in case it rains. Only Alpine has these details for safety and comfort.
Our philosophy. "go higher, see more." We prefer to give you info via a PA system while we drive, and allow you to see more sights. Other companies do a lot of talking on the side of the road as we drive higher. There are also plenty of stops to get out, ask questions and see the mountains up close. We also give you a choice of tours. Some companies decide for you :(
Our guides. Alpine employs only the most experienced and friendly guides around. We are knowledgable on local history, geology etc. Most of our guides are CDL holders and drive year round as a profession. You are in the best hands with Alpine.
Can I book online
Yes. Just click the "book online" button and you will be walked through the booking process. It is quick, easy, secure free. It is also the best way to collect your booking info in the most accurate fashion.
What is the best group tour, Yankee Boy or Corkscrew?
That just depends on your preference of views. The Yankee Boy Basin Bonus Tour has slightly lower elevations (11-12,000') and features waterfalls, mining ruins and terrific wildflowers. You will see more visitors as it is very popular. We take various side roads for the bonus section of your tour to get to tree line and escape the mid summer crowds. Corkscrew Pass takes you to higher elevations (13,000) with 360 degree views and features secluded lakes, mining ruins and wildflowers. Not as busy as Yankee Boy and a bit more exposed on the climb up the pass. Either way you will not go wrong. They are just different views. We suggest taking both tours to see the best of the San Juans.
I don't see the tour I want at the time I want. What should I do?
Unfortunately we do sell out, expecially from mid June to mid August. Feel free to give us a call. Sometimes we have last minute changes or can possibly add a trip. It never hurts to ask.
Do you still go out if it is raining?
Usually yes. If safety is an issue we do not go out. It is rare for rain or thunderstorms to last for more than an hour in the San Juan Mountains. All vehicles have a great rain cover, wind/rain screen and heated seats. We have blankets and ponchos as well. If visibility is limited at higher elevations we tour various locations down lower so you can see. We keep you warm and dry.
Are there restrooms along the tour?
Yes. There are several different locations on both of our group tours. Imogene Pass does not have restrooms. Please try to go before your trip.
Do you stop to see different things?
Yes. Your guide stops at many locations for photos but we also go for short walks to get close looks at waterfalls, wildflowers or mining ruins. During wildflower season guests sometimes like to just take all in for a bit, so we spend some time for that too.
Will I get car sick or altitude sick?
Due to the open air seating area guests never get motion sickness...really. Some guest get a little hard of breath hiking around but are walks are short, slow and relatively flat. Most folks handle it just fine. Many guests know their limitations and elect to stay on the vehicle during a excursion.
I am afraid of heights. Are there cliffs or drop offs?
Yep, there sure are, but not everywhere and not all of the time. Some guests like the middle seat to limit exposure to these areas. There are not any areas where the vehicle is forced to be right on the edge of things. There is plenty of room to navigate. Our guides and vehicles are the best available. Some guests start out a little nervous and end up saying that things were not as scary as they thought. We also get many compliments on our driving skills. Feel free to call Michael at 970-318-6513 to get a better idea of what your tour will be like.
Where is your office located?
Our office is located at 920 Main Street in Ouray. We are in Unit 3, it's on the left as you look at it from Main Street. There are signs on Main Street guiding you in. Stop by the office to check in and we will get you seated.
Can I bring young children?
Sure! Our bucket seats accommodate car seats and or booster seats. Alpine has taken kids around 1 year old. Some parents prefer a private tour in our Jeep Gladiator for their younger children. The Jeep has a elevated rear seat for kids or smaller folk that gives a great view.
What is your cancellation policy?
We ask minimum of 48 hours if you need to cancel or change your trip. We realize things can happen and will work with you if your plans change. As mentioned above trips go out rain or shine, however, If your guide or management determines that conditions are unsafe for a tour your trip fare will be fully refunded. If you have to cancel your trip in less than 48 hours you will be charged half of your tour charge. No shows or less than 24 hour cancellations are charged normal trip fee.
Can I bring the dog?
Sometimes yes. We can only small well mannered lap dogs on our group tours. There is just not any room for larger dogs. We have tried to take larger dogs in the past and they just don't like the experience. The motion of the truck on 4x4 roads do not allow them to lie down and they slide around when standing. Not much fun for them. We do allow one dog up to 65 lbs on our private tours. We can set up a dog bed in the rear compartment of the jeep to keep them comfy. You must call us first to get approval for your pet prior to booking.