Clients are picked up directly from their lodging location. We can pick clients up directly from any location along the Western Slope (includes: Grand Junction, Montrose, Ouray & Telluride).
Tours originating in the Denver or Moab areas can also receive door to door service for specific tours.
Yes you can. Big Sun offers Nikon full frame cameras including lenses (appropriate for the destination), tripod, camera strap, camera bag and cleaning supplies. (see pricing page) If you need something we don’t have we recommend using www.BorrowLenses.com . Using the link on this page will usually get you a discount. You won’t beat the prices (even locally), you can get insurance coverage on your rentals and it is all done quick and easy via UPS.
No, but it’s never a bad idea, especially if you are planning a long multi-day trip with us. Should anything go wrong (medical, injury, delays, breakdown) at least you will be covered for your losses.
No, you will receive professional instruction throughout the tour. Your instructor will be available at all times at each location. So come, enjoy AND learn.
Please remember that Colorado weather is quite variable. Even when it’s warm in Denver it can easily be 40 F colder at the top of the mountains. Snow and rain come and go with little warning. So please make sure you are suitably prepared for the season. If you are not sure what to bring please just give me a call.
If you have any specific food requirements please be sure to let me know now so that I can attempt to accommodate a suitable place to eat along the way. (no guarantees however, the mountains are limited in the type of food establishments available).
Some people (very few) do get altitude sickness during my tours. This is best combated by staying as hydrated as possible. If you get overly nauseous or dizzy, then please let me know ASAP so we can drop altitude (sooner the better).
We will likely be traveling on curvy roads and/or bumpy trails. If you are prone to motion sickness please take appropriate precautions (most people find Dramamine to be relatively effective).
Colorado mountains are big and steep. As such we will be on roads or locations with steep cliffs. If this is going to be an issue for you, please make certain you bring this to our attention BEFORE you book your tour. That way we can make suggestions for destinations that are more appropriate.
Only applicable to multi-day tours.
Since all tours are customized for the client, so too are the accommodations. You let us know what level of hotel you wish to stay (and what you are willing to spend), then we will find and book the hotels best suited for our destinations. It is important to note that some destinations may not have what you want.
Below are some example hotels that we often use.
Hyatt Place Hotel [visit website] Fancy Pants (high end) These hotels will have all the amenities that you may want usually with pools, spas, weight rooms and room service.
Comfort Suites Dillon [visit website] Mid-Level These hotels are pleasant, clean and comfortable but may lake any special features.
Argo Inn Idaho Springs [visit website] Colorado is full of budget friendly hotels that are still very pleasant, clean and get the job done. After all, in most destinations the hotel is not the attraction, it’s the nature around it. *This list should be considered a guide only.
LODGING REFUNDS: Money paid toward accommodations will always be refunded when possible regardless of notification times. Refunds for lodging are contingent on the booking terms of each individual lodging establishment.
IN WRITING: Cancellations and Reschedules MUST be provided in writing by email to be valid (so as to keep a proper record for both parties).