Bus Tour Guides
The Lakeshore offers a park volunteer as a step-on guide for bus tour groups. Our volunteer guide will join your group on the bus, providing you with a custom experience through the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Guides will provide insight on Sleeping Bear Dune’s history and point out geological features. If time allows, visitors will have the opportunity to get off the bus at select overlooks. A typical tour is approximately 2.5 hours, which includes the Visitor Center in Empire and viewing the park video prior to the guided tour.
To make a reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information.
* Your volunteer guide will meet you at the Visitor Center. They will board your bus and will need to be dropped off at the Visitor Center after the tour. If you will not be going back towards the Visitor Center, other arrangements can be made. Please note that here.
9 am: arrival at Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire
9:30 am: View park film: Water, Sand, and Sky (30 minutes)
Explore the stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and captivating history of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
10 am: Board bus and travel to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
10:15-11:30 am: Tour of the drive
Learn about the history of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pierce Stocking, the formations of the dunes, and cultural history. If time permits, visitors will have the opportunity to get off the bus at the following overlooks: Glen Lake (#2), Dune overlook (#3), Lake Michigan overlook (#9), and North Bar Lake overlook (#11).
11:30: Drop the volunteer tour guide off at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center.
Passes for motorcoach busses (26+ Person Capacity) is $100.00. Payment must be made at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center or the kiosk station at Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.
Checks can be made out to NPS and MUST include a tax id number.
Credit Cards are also accepted.
Please visit the fees and passes page of the Sleeping Bear Dunes website for additional fee information.
The National Park Service strives to make Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as universally accessible as possible. On the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, accessible parking and toilets are at four locations: the entrance trailer parking area, #2 Picnic Mountain, #9 Lake Michigan Overlook, and #11 North Bar Lake Overlook and picnic area.
The #3 Dunes Overlook has a ramped deck with two levels lined with benches. The stunning panorama of dunes and lake views may also be seen from the circle drive. The #9 Lake Michigan Overlook and #10 Sleeping Bear Dune Overlook are not handicap accessible and require following a steep asphalt trail and boardwalk. Number 11 North Bar Lake Overlook picnic area is fairly flat with tables and raised grills located near accessible parking. Accessible vault toilets are provided, but there is no running water at this location.
For more information visit Accessibility - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) and Physical / Mobility Needs - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Programs are listed on the Lakeshore's calendar.
Our partner Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear offers tours of historic properties in the park. www.phsb.org
Authorized Commercial Services
The following businesses and organizations are authorized to provide visitor activities in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. They provide a variety of ways to see and enjoy the Lakeshore through unique and specialized trips, tours, adventures etc.
Last updated: July 6, 2023