Over the past 42 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.
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, served on the Board of Directors of the West River History Conference from 2008-2019 (ten of those years as President), and writes a monthly travel blog called Trail Talk. She also speaks frequently at various travel seminars and conferences around the country.
MURRAY LEE - SALES EXECUTIVE
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 holds B.S. degrees in History and Sociology, and a Masters in Strategic Leadership from Black Hills State University.
He is also an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe 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.
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.