About Us

Over the past 39 years Shebby Lee Tours has developed a reputation for providing quality tour programs that provide more than just a scenic overview of an area.  Our tour directors are trained to provide the insights to the sights:  Who lived here first?  Why did they disappear?  Is the wildlife of this area endangered?  Why is Lake Powell so low?  They also encourage enlightening discussions among participants so that everyone comes away from their travel experience with a deeper appreciation of what they have just seen and explored.

Specializing in the historic and cultural heritage of the Great American West since 1978,  the company is a member of ABA (the American Bus Association) and a founding partner in the Travel Alliance Partners (TAP). Our staff is always on the hunt for tour components that will enhance these unique experiences for our clients.

Read about Shebby Lee Tours in Packaged Travel Insider.

Shebby Lee, CTP – President

Shebby Lee is a historian, researcher, and writer. She has a broad background in the arts, media, and publications prior to founding the tour company in 1978. She is a former “Sheriff” and long-time member of the Black Hills Corral of Westerner’s International, a foundation to stimulate interest and research in frontier history. Since 1979 she has participated and presented research papers (several of which have won awards)  at countless regional and state history conferences.

She served a term on the Board of Directors of Travel Alliance Partners from 2012-2013, has been President of the West River History Conference since 2008, writes a monthly travel blog called Trail Talk and a monthly travel trade advice column for ABA’s online Insider Magazine.

Oct. 9, 2014 Leisure Group Travel – Take 5 Interview with Shebby Lee

Shebby Lee, CTP – President

Shebby Lee is a historian, researcher, and writer. She has a broad background in the arts, media, and publications prior to founding the tour company in 1978. She is a former “Sheriff” and long-time member of the Black Hills Corral of Westerner’s International, a foundation to stimulate interest and research in frontier history. Since 1979 she has participated and presented research papers (several of which have won awards)  at countless regional and state history conferences.

She served a term on the Board of Directors of Travel Alliance Partners from 2012-2013, has been President of the West River History Conference since 2008, writes a monthly travel blog called Trail Talk and a monthly travel trade advice column for ABA’s online Insider Magazine.

Oct. 9, 2014 Leisure Group Travel – Take 5 Interview with Shebby Lee


Lorna Lee – Operations Assistant

Lorna is a native of the Black Hills of South Dakota and a graduate of Oglala Lakota College. She grew up in the travel business and took her first tour at the age of 12 to America’s Great Southwest. She has inherited the family love of history and is proud of her Native American heritage, both of which lend themselves to the production of unique and exciting western excursions.

Lorna Lee – Operations Assistant

Lorna is a native of the Black Hills of South Dakota and a graduate of Oglala Lakota College. She grew up in the travel business and took her first tour at the age of 12 to America’s Great Southwest. She has inherited the family love of history and is proud of her Native American heritage, both of which lend themselves to the production of unique and exciting western excursions.


Murray Lee – Tour Director

Murray grew up in and around the Black Hills of South Dakota and has insightful knowledge of the many breathtaking and storied attractions located here.  He is an enrolled Dakota Sioux tribal member and helped develop the Ft. Sisseton Festival program for Shebby Lee Tours in 2006.  Additionally, he assisted in the development of several of our newer, shorter programs as well as Custer’s Trail. In his free time he enjoys traveling, performing historical research, and hiking in the Black Hills.  Murray has a B.S. in History and Sociology, and is thrilled to share his heritage and knowledge of western history with travelers who find themselves out West on one of our unique departures. 

Murray Lee – Tour Director

Murray grew up in and around the Black Hills of South Dakota and has insightful knowledge of the many breathtaking and storied attractions located here.  He is an enrolled Dakota Sioux tribal member and helped develop the Ft. Sisseton Festival program for Shebby Lee Tours in 2006.  Additionally, he assisted in the development of several of our newer, shorter programs as well as Custer’s Trail. In his free time he enjoys traveling, performing historical research, and hiking in the Black Hills.  Murray has a B.S. in History and Sociology, and is thrilled to share his heritage and knowledge of western history with travelers who find themselves out West on one of our unique departures. 


Kris Lokemoen – Tour Consultant

As the group tour coordinator for the state of Missouri for many years, Kris developed the prototype for the Lewis and Clark Trail program, and for the Oregon Trail, another of Shebby Lee Tours’ Vanishing Trails Expeditions. Kris is now a tour planner in the private sector and makes her home in St. Louis, MO. Kris is a Certified Tour Professional (CTP), a professional designation earned through a prescribed course of academic study, professional service, tour employment, and evaluation requirements.

Kris Lokemoen – Tour Consultant

As the group tour coordinator for the state of Missouri for many years, Kris developed the prototype for the Lewis and Clark Trail program, and for the Oregon Trail, another of Shebby Lee Tours’ Vanishing Trails Expeditions. Kris is now a tour planner in the private sector and makes her home in St. Louis, MO. Kris is a Certified Tour Professional (CTP), a professional designation earned through a prescribed course of academic study, professional service, tour employment, and evaluation requirements.


Doris Bean – Tour Director

Doris has been leading group tours of most sections of the United States (including Alaska) since 1988 for many major American and international tour companies. Because of her vast experience she has also trained and mentored new tour directors both in the classroom and in the field, and filled the difficult position of Lead Tour Director for multiple coach moves.

Today Doris is a free-lance tour director for companies specializing in her particular interests of historic and educational tours. When not on the road, she serves as a volunteer step-on guide at the Garden of the Gods near her home town of Colorado Springs.

Doris Bean – Tour Director

Doris has been leading group tours of most sections of the United States (including Alaska) since 1988 for many major American and international tour companies. Because of her vast experience she has also trained and mentored new tour directors both in the classroom and in the field, and filled the difficult position of Lead Tour Director for multiple coach moves.

Today Doris is a free-lance tour director for companies specializing in her particular interests of historic and educational tours. When not on the road, she serves as a volunteer step-on guide at the Garden of the Gods near her home town of Colorado Springs.


Sally Bell – Tour Director

A native of Illinois, Sally Bell is now a resident of Rio Rancho, NM, a suburb of Albuquerque.  She credits her mother with instilling in her a love of travel, stemming from one memorable family vacation from Chicago to Santa Monica along Route 66. Sally has a degree in history, and began her career manning a computer at AAA, but soon took over the group department, which led to a 30 year career as a Tour Director and travel planner.

Sally likes to know and discover why people do what they do and that curiosity has served her well in her work as a tour operations manager and travel director. She is continually conducting research – both in libraries and in the field – and loves sharing her knowledge of the Western United States with people from all over our country.

Sally Bell – Tour Director

A native of Illinois, Sally Bell is now a resident of Rio Rancho, NM, a suburb of Albuquerque.  She credits her mother with instilling in her a love of travel, stemming from one memorable family vacation from Chicago to Santa Monica along Route 66. Sally has a degree in history, and began her career manning a computer at AAA, but soon took over the group department, which led to a 30 year career as a Tour Director and travel planner.

Sally likes to know and discover why people do what they do and that curiosity has served her well in her work as a tour operations manager and travel director. She is continually conducting research – both in libraries and in the field – and loves sharing her knowledge of the Western United States with people from all over our country.


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