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About Kaiyote Tours

colorado birding tripsHello fellow travelers! Thanks for visiting our website. We are professional guides based in Estes Park, Colorado. We live at the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park and we have been taking travelers on guided tours since the year 1998.

Kaiyote Snow is the owner and lead guide of Kaiyote Tours. She has been living in Estes Park and hiking and backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park since 1993. She has traveled much of the world in search of Birds & Adventure.

Kaiyote has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is a self- taught naturalist, an award winning photographer and artist. Kaiyote is a certified Wilderness First Responder, a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) graduate and a Leave No Trace Backcountry Master Educator. Kaiyote is an instructor for the Rocky Mountain Nature Association. Her passions are birding, botany and adventure travel.

Our specialty is International Birding & Adventure trips. We offer nine different international trips a year. We travel to Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, France, Denmark, Sweden, Åland, Norway, Iceland and Japan. Most of our trips last about 3 weeks.

When we are not out exploring the world we are at home and living in the mountains. Here we spend our time birding, wildlife watching, hiking, backpacking and sailing Lake Granby. In the winter, we are skiers, both Alpine and Nordic and we also love to snowshoe. We can guide you on any type of trip you would like, whether it is private or with a group.

We believe that travel and nature will show you a better way to live and will change your life forever. There is no better way to find a new part of you then to lose your old self in a new world.

We look forward to meeting you and showing you nature at its best!

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Colorado interpretive guide – Richard Gilliland

Since the 1960s Richard Gilliland has been leading natural history trips around the United States, in Europe and Central America. He has served three national parks as a seasonal ranger-naturalist and as a volunteer interpreter. Following his Eagle Scout achievement and corresponding immersion in the natural world in Tennessee, he served Mammoth Cave NP, Wind Cave NP and now Rocky Mountain NP providing many natural history trips, walks and events. His specialty is field ornithology and bird watching while possessing a broad understanding of the natural and human worlds. He currently provides the largest number of bird walks each year in Rocky Mountain National Park.

He has taught in the natural and social science areas at college and university levels and has been a college president for 23 years. The combination of Park Service experience totaling 14 years and 35 years as a college teacher and administrator has provided him with a very wide range of human and natural ecology experiences. He is a master teacher and interpreter and emphasizes Colorado, especially its great mountains, in his work.

Through graduate study and lots of experience in the U.S. and abroad, he has developed natural history interpretive programs that are especially tailored to the interests and needs of each person and group he leads.

Colorado Guides and Porters

Ryan Nordstrom, Kaiyote Snow, Rio Roman

Colorado porters: Jimmy Kuch and Matt Cohen

Sam Molina - backpacking porter


Early Explorers

Jeff Sigler & Kaiyote Snow



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