About Denver Adventures
Denver Adventures was founded in 2005. The adventurous activities are spearheaded by the company’s founder, Stefan Van der Steen, an outdoor adventure enthusiast with a dream of bringing people closer to the outdoors in a fun and active way. The Rocky Mountains close to Denver are the perfect platform for easy access to a wide variety of terrain and natural scenery to suite anybody’s needs. Every one of our adventures invites you to enjoy and use nature’s wonders but at the same time respect, admire, and learn from it.
Our team of experienced guides has had more than its fair share of enjoying the Rockies. Over time, they all have built extensive knowledge of physical exercise, altitude, trails, parks, and natural attractions but are also active participants of races and volunteer efforts. Stefan, for instance, focuses on endurance events such as The Triple Bypass, Ultra100, Olympic distance triathlons, marathons, and even an IronMan!
Denver Adventures was set up to provide hassle-free, tailor-made, adrenaline-fueled adventures. Denver Adventures is run by extreme sports enthusiasts specializing in ziplining, hiking, mountain-biking, rock climbing, snowshoeing and whitewater kayaking. We are passionate about sharing our love and enthusiasm for adventure with other thrill-seekers like you…
MEET THE GUIDE STAFF
STEFAN VAN DER STEEN / OWNER
When I’m not leading groups I am always on the lookout for my next adventure! I am committed to giving people the chance to explore places that they wouldn’t normally get to, pushing themselves beyond the limits of what they thought they were capable of, all while having a safe and enjoyable adventure.
KATIE / MANAGER
Hi! I moved here from a small town in northwest Iowa about 6 years ago and fell in love with Colorado! I have worked at Denver Adventures and Zipline Tours for 5 years and wouldn’t change it for the world! I truly believe your job should be something you enjoy. My favorite things about my job are my co-workers and meeting people from around the world. I look forward to meeting you and sharing an adventure in the beautiful state of Colorado!
PAUL / CUSTOMER EXPIERENCE MANAGER / LEAD GUIDE
I’m a Hoosier at heart and a Coloradan in spirit. After growing up in Indianapolis, IN and graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Geology I moved to Colorado to take full advantage of this extraordinary states access to the great outdoors. I’ve lived here for over 15 years now spending every available moment in the Colorado wilderness. Whether it’s skiing, canoeing, hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, sailing, backpacking, kayaking, climbing, or zip-lining where ever adventure takes you, I’d love to come along for the ride!
“PULSE” / SR. GUIDE
“Hi there! We all have one and that’s why they call me, Pulse. It’s nice to meet you. I’ve been an outdoor enthusiast for 34 years and happen to be 34 years old. My specialities include long walks on the beach, botany, active sight seeing, and my most adventurous self can be found on our zip lining course. There’s an adventurous side in every soul and my main duty is to help you find it. I look forward to elevating your pulse whether it be on mountain trails or hanging high above on our lines!”
MATT/ SR. GUIDE
CONNER / GUIDE
Hi I’m Connor! The outdoors has been something that’s been part of my life all my life and I love it. Always looking for my next adventure and love too help people find there next adventure as well.
NATHAN / SR. GUIDE
Hey everyone! I am Nathan Deakin and I have been with Denver Zipline Tours since 2013. I moved out to Colorado from West Virginia after I graduated from college to explore the outdoors and be with friends. soon after moving here I started at the DZT and have loved it ever since! I love snowboarding, rock climbing, trail running, ultimate frisbee, cycling, and really anything else you can do outside! FYI for all of you coming to zipline, I always have the best helmet hair afterwards!
ALEX / GUIDE
Alex has been a professional outdoor educator for more than 10 years. He has worked trips from Alaska to Florida, but has called the front range of Colorado home since 2011. Originally from Vermont, Alex has spent his adult life traveling around the west climbing rocks and worked` for a wide variety of outdoor companies and agencies. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder, and has lead trips in conservation work, canoeing, kayaking, SUPing, rock climbing, mountain biking and has more than 365 days sleeping under the stars guiding backpacking trips. His free time these days is spent exploring Colorado with his 3 year old daughter: be that hiking, swimming, or sampling the growing organic, free-range, grass feed, non-GMO, gluten free sarsaparilla market.
GARY/ LEAD GUIDE
I have been involved in outdoor activities most of my life. Accomplishments include: Certified Skiing Instructor; avid Mountain Biker: 2 time 1st place division finish at 24 Hours of Moab, Triple By Pass, Ride the Rockies, multi day mountain bike trips across the Western U.S.; Road Cyclist: completed multiple century rides. Denver Adventures Lead Guide for Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowing Shoeing, Skiing, Hut Trips, GPS Navigation.
FRANK / LEAD GUIDE
With his roots originally from the sunshine state, Frank has been an outdoor enthusiast and world traveler for a good majority of his life. With a degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida he has had a long appreciation and respect for nature and the great outdoors. With a lifelong love for the mountains Frank and his wife moved to Colorado for a change in scenery and life style, and embrace an adventure of a different flavor. He has traded his surfboard in for a snowboard (almost) and baggies for more appropriate winter attire. As a tour guide with Denver Adventures, Frank enjoys sharing in the experiences with his clients making sure they have a safe and enjoyable time while in Colorado.
KIPP / GUIDE
What’s up guys! Kipp’s the name, adventure’s my game! From running half marathons to zipping through the skies to ski instructing to cliff jumping to ocean kayaking to hiking 14ers I have always had a love for the outdoors. And there aren’t many places to enjoy the amazing creation we have been blessed with than the Colorado mountains! I have also been a drummer and a vocalist for many years and recently picked up the acoustic guitar. Hope to see you mountainside!
PETE / GUIDE
I am (almost) a Colorado native and have been stomping around in the woods and falling off rocks since I first learned how to walk. An active member / board member of one of our local Colorado Search and Rescue groups, I am always working to grow and leverage my outdoor skills and knowledge. I love hiking, skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing, kayaking, and taking the occasional break to read good novels.
TYLER / GUIDE
I love anything outside. Clibming mountains makes me happy, even more when I get to ride down on a 50 mph zip line! blood is 80% NOS and I like it that way!
LUKE / SR. GUIDE
Luke grew up in Lakewood CO and has been outside all of his life. He has been skiing, camping, backpacking, and mountain biking most of his life. At the age of five he started rock climbing and has competed in climbing on a national level. He has tried just about every discipline of adventure sports but has a strange obsession with climbing, skiing, and Doritos Locos Tacos. Luke has recently moved to Bozeman, MT to study English Writing and the outdoors. He still works during breaks from school and has worked for Denver Adventures for a whopping four years now, loving every moment of it.
BRYCE / GUIDE
I don’t think I’ve ever ran barefoot on a trail and not had a smile on my face or joy in my heart afterwards.
That phrase may just sum up why being an adventure guide is a good fit for me. It was the mountains to climb and the sunshine that brought me out of the Northwoods near Lake Superior to venture into Colorado and it is a pleasure to be here. Besides running, I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, making music and singing, and learning about anything and everything under the sun. I’m a bit of a science and environmental nerd at times and I also love a good joke. Expect a fun-filled adventure if I end up being your guide. I look forward to meeting you and guiding you through whatever excellent time we have together.
SAM / GUIDE
Sam started working with Denver Adventures in 2011 and was part of the original construction crew on the ziplines. Many people ask, “Who was dumb enough to be the first one down the line?” well that was Sam. When he isn’t guiding here in Colorado he is designing and building ziplines all over the world. He has worked on projects in Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Turkey and South Korea. Sam is also an avid skier and ski patrols at Arapahoe Basin.
McGUIRE “MAC” / GUIDE
McGuire hails from the tiny town of Cleveland, WI! His love of the outdoors has been there since the beginning. He was a hunter, fisherman, bmx biker and swimmer in WI. Upon moving to Vail in 2002 he discovered a love of snowboarding, mountain biking and climbing which he continues to enjoy in Denver these days. As with most experiences, they are often enjoyed most when shared with others. This is why he got into guiding with Denver Adventures. “Mac” truly hopes you have one of your best days while spending time with us!