Welcome to In Our Nature Guiding Services

    • Expertly Guided Yellowstone Tours and Hikes

Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, with 2.2 million acres (1 million ha) of incredible wildness, abundant wildlife, geothermal wonders, and fascinating history. This huge intact ecosystem has an incredible variety of landscapes and activities for you to enjoy. Whether you want world-class wildlife viewing opportunities, a beautiful day hike, a few nights in the backcountry, or you'd like to create your own fully custom tour; make the most of your visit on a private tour with In Our Nature Guiding Services. One of our local wildlife biologists or naturalists will craft your day to your personal interests.

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Wildlife & Wolf Watching Tours

Join one of our Biologists or Naturalists on a wildlife watching tour in Yellowstone's intact ecosystem. Our expert local ecological knowledge will help you see the wildlife you're interested in. This is the best place in the world to see wild wolves and the best place in the lower 48 states to see grizzly bears. Tours are offered year-round.

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Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing in Yellowstone

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Tours

Indulge in winter's splendor: exploring varied terrain, searching for fresh animal tracks, and taking in stellar views of Yellowstone's northern range. There are different routes to choose from depending on your abilities, snow conditions, and weather. Snowshoeing and XC Skiing tours are offered December - March

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Private Winter Tours and Lodging

Choose the winter tours you would like and stay at Wanderlust Haven, an ideally located house in Gardiner with amazing views! Wanderlust Haven is only available to In Our Nature clients this winter.  We are so excited to get to offer this to amazing package to make your visit extra special!

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Guided Day Hikes

Yellowstone has over 900 miles (1,450 km) of trails in a variety of habitats, from lush pine forests to stark thermal basins, from steep mountain treks to casual strolls along boardwalks. Take a closer look by getting off the beaten path and onto a trail with a biologist or naturalist guide to show you what you would miss on your own.

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Backpacking & Backcountry Cabin Trips

Get off the beaten path and enjoy parts of the park others rarely see on a Yellowstone backpacking trip. We offer fully custom, private backpacking trips throughout Yellowstone with a duration and difficulty level just for you. Backpacking is a great way to recharge your body and mind, meet your own challenges, or just relax and ponder the wonders in front of you.

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Yellowstone has hundreds of birds to see. Your biologist guide will help you see them on your on private Yellowstone tour.

Birding Tours in Yellowstone

Birding in Yellowstone is incredible! Yellowstone is home to about 300 species of birds during the summer months, creating a unique birding opportunity in the Rocky Mountains. Mountain bluebirds are a local favorite, Yellow-headed blackbirds sing to their mates in the wetlands, and Sandhill cranes make their eerie call as wolves howl in the distance.

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Night Sky Photography Tours

Although Yellowstone National Park has not yet been recognized as a Dark Sky Park, it is 2.2 million acres with few light sources, and supports the most remote areas in the lower 48. With all the other amazing aspects of the Yellowstone, it has been easy to overlook the importance of its pristine night skies. Explore and connect with a part of Yellowstone unseen by most.

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Yellowstone Geology Tour

Yellowstone is one of the largest volcanoes in the world, with a chamber of partially molten magma underneath which causes all of the thermal activity in the park. There is no other place like this on earth! Visit several famous features including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, and other geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles. Learn about the Yellowstone volcano and how the thermal features work.

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NEW!  A Week In The Wild

An exciting program for adults in a group tour format

Enjoy a week in the Yellowstone Ecosystem with like-minded folks, daily excursions, cozy lodging, evening events, speakers, and more.

A Week in the Wild is a great opportunity to discover and enjoy the spirit and splendor of Yellowstone’s wilds at a deeper and more comprehensive level. You'll stay at North Yellowstone Lodge near the Northern entrance to the park with meals catered from dinner on the first evening until breakfast on the last day. You'll spend your days enjoying a variety of activities including hiking, watching wildlife, checking out geysers and hot springs, and a scenic float on the Yellowstone River. Choose the activities that most interest you. In the evenings, enjoy a group dinner with new friends in the lodge. Evening programs include talks from local experts on current issues in Yellowstone. Learn more here. 

Upcoming Dates
May 9-14 2022: Baby Season
July 4-8, 2022: Holiday Week*
August 8-13 2022: Bison Rut
September 12-17 2022: Elk Rut

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

About Us

In Our Nature Guiding Services is a small, woman-owned, community-minded, sustainable business operating in Yellowstone National Park, founded in 2015 by Cara McGary. She settled in the tiny town of Gardiner at Yellowstone's northern gateway with a vision to create personalized, educational and fun tours for visitors from all over the world, while committing to sustainability and a respectful way of life on the edge of a wild and fragile ecosystem. Today, In Our Nature is a successful custom tour provider offering exceptional wildlife watching tours, day hikes, multi-day backpacking trips, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as custom adventures in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Our team of experienced local biologists, naturalists and environmental educators is looking forward to guiding you through Yellowstone and providing you with exciting journeys and unforgettable nature experiences.

We operate year-round out of Yellowstone's north entrance in Gardiner, Montana. No matter where you're staying in or around Yellowstone, we can meet you at a central location for our tour. Choose from wildlife watching tripsbirding expeditionsday hikesovernight backpacking tripsnight sky photography tourscross-country skiing & snowshoeing, or make your own custom adventure.

 

In Our Nature Guiding Services LLC is an Authorized Permittee of Yellowstone National Park.

We acknowledge that we operate in Yellowstone National Park, or as the Apsaalooke refer to it, Land of Steam. This is a traditional shared homeland for dozens of Nations for at least 13,000 years including the Blackfeet, Shoshone, Salish, Kootenai, Pend d’Orielle, Nez Perce, and Northern Cheyenne. The Sheepeaters-Shoshone were the only known group who lived in the park year-round. We honor, with gratitude, the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.

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What others have to say about their experience with us....

  • star rating  This was our first time cross-country skiing and Cara made sure we learned how to properly put on our skis, move, stop and enjoy our selves for the duration of... read more

    gordonr1234
    January 24, 2021

    star rating  It was a pleasure setting up my tour with Cara. She gave tips not just on the snowshoe excursion but my visit in general.

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    G8803OAjosephp
    March 9, 2021

    star rating  Great tour. Cara was awesome, fun to hang out with on the full day tour and very knowledgeable about the land and animals. We saw piles of animals, including all... read more

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    December 20, 2018
  • star rating  Met Audra at our specified meeting point (Tower Junction) and she jumped in the car with us to head to our hiking spot with guide books, walking sticks, snacks, and... read more

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    September 19, 2018

    star rating  This was an amazing day for us! Cara is very personable & casual, but very professional. It really was like going out with your new best friend! She clearly loves... read more

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    September 17, 2018

    star rating  We had a great day with our guide Nancy! She communicated from the start all that we would need for the trip and gave text and email updates to... read more

    Margaret H
    October 1, 2021
  • star rating  Cara was a wonderful guide in every way. Within an hour of our time with her we saw the wolves of Yellowstone! Cara was super smart, informative about... read more

    julie z
    September 1, 2021

    star rating  We had a fantastic time in Yellowstone courtesy of In Our Nature Guiding services. We actually spent two days with them: one watching wolves and wildlife and one snoeshoeing... read more

    wess699
    March 15, 2022

    star rating  Great trip. Cara is awesome. We had a group of 8 and Cara took very good care of us. We watch 17 wolves for over an hour.... read more

    Travel139554
    October 7, 2020
  • star rating  From the time that we booked Cara, we were excited with her excellent communication with us in order to learn more about what we were interested in for Yellowstone. ... read more

    AugustusTheTraveler
    August 21, 2020

    star rating  From the moment I contacted Cara, I knew I chose the right person to book a tour with. Cara is a biologist, communicative, knowledgable, and easy to work with. I... read more

    johnshaftjones
    August 21, 2020

    star rating  To view and to truly understand the wildlife of Yellowstone, In Our Nature Guiding Services is a must! On June 29, our family of eight experienced the perfect Wildlife Watching... read more

    Barbara D
    July 7, 2021
  • star rating  Cara was all we could have asked for in a nature guide in Yellowstone. Very knowledgeable on everything from the history, geology and animals of the area. What... read more

    656gerrys
    November 15, 2020

    star rating  I highly recommend In Our Nature Guiding Services. My family enjoyed spending the day looking for wildlife. Cara made it so much better than going out on our own because... read more

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    June 7, 2019

    star rating  My wife and I spent five days with Cara In Yellowstone National Park. One day was better than the next. Wolves going in dens, Black Bears chasing siblings up a... read more

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    May 2, 2019
  • star rating  There were 15 of us taking the guided hike with Audra. We had a great time learning about the different birds and animals. The scenery was great and... read more

    Sharon R
    July 7, 2019

    star rating  Brief summary: In Our Nature provided two fantastic hiking trips for my dad and for me in Yellowstone National Park. Their communication was excellent before the trip, their knowledge of... read more

    David K
    June 11, 2019

    star rating  When you travel to a national park like Yellowstone to view wildlife in their natural environment, you need a professional biologist to make that happen. To find those animals that... read more

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    February 14, 2019
  • star rating  I had a great day out with Audra exploring Yellowstone and all it’s surprises! She told me a lot about the animals and the nature, and showed me some amazing... read more

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    June 4, 2019

    star rating  We spent a day with Cara in early August and had such a fantastic time! It was the perfect way to start our trip as we got a great overview... read more

    exploreforaliving
    August 22, 2020

    star rating  Cara is a true professional, we started early and the fog was pee soup. Yeah it was not what anyone wanted, but Cara made it work, and put in... read more

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    September 4, 2018
  • star rating  Cara rocked it! Our family was able to see amazing wildlife that would not have been possible without her keen knowledge and fantastic scopes. In addition, her appreciation... read more

    Navigate802764
    September 24, 2020

    star rating  My husband and I enjoyed a truly memorable day with Cara from the wildlife sightings to the excellent food and professional service. Cara can spot wildlife that we... read more

    avatar thumb Susan M
    October 19, 2018

    star rating  My husband and I had a full day of viewing wildlife in Yellowstone which was so informative and exciting. Cara picked us up at our lodging in Gardiner very... read more

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    October 1, 2018
  • star rating  Cara is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. We spent two days with her and were very pleased. She went out of her way to make sure our... read more

    rgandel
    February 17, 2022

    star rating  Cara is the best. She was an amazing guide, well prepared and knowledgeable! She listened to what we wanted to do, and she gave us an awesome day. Best Day... read more

    carrietA3237HH
    April 8, 2020

    star rating  On our trip we were very lucky to see a grizzly bear, a black bear, wolf cubs interacting with bison and mountain goats. This wasn't just down to luck but... read more

    Glenda S
    November 16, 2019
  • star rating  Our guide, Audra, spent two days with us in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. Her goal was to find us a wolf sighting. What she ended up finding... read more

    ALeigh75
    October 18, 2019

    star rating  We spent 10 days in and around Yellowstone, and we both agree that our day spent with Mike from In Our Nature was the highlight of the trip. We were... read more

    Megan W
    November 1, 2021

    star rating  This was a fantastic tour! Cara was so knowledgable about the area and the wildlife. We saw so many animals that we had not expected to get to... read more

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    June 4, 2019

Meet Our Team

Owner: Cara McGary MS Biology

On a winter visit to Yellowstone, Cara was smitten by the wonder of this "American Serengeti". As a result, she decided that she wanted to spend her life helping others develop and feed their fascinations with the natural world in Yellowstone. Cara is a qualified biologist (B.S. Aquatic Biology and M.S. Biology). Before settling in Gardiner MT, she worked extensively in the forests of Redwood National Park, the outback of Western Australia, and the jungles of Papua New Guinea. When not in Yellowstone, she likes to explore places where there are likely good tidepools or snorkeling.

Naturalist Guide: Nancy Lewis

Nancy has been a naturalist guide and educator in the Yellowstone area since 2015, but she has been fostering a passion for the outdoors and wild places since she first became a naturalist leader in junior high school. Now, she combines her experience in education with her love of the park to help lifelong learners look closely at nature. With In Our Nature, she leads wildlife and thermal basin tours, guided hikes, and birding trips. She takes her passion for the outdoors south for the winter, working as a naturalist guide in Arizona. Nancy speaks Chinese conversationally and Spanish fluently.

Biologist Guide: Claire Lacey

Born and raised in Alaska, Claire developed a passion for wildlife ecology and environmental studies leading her to Montana in 2017 for the opportunity to study the wolves of Yellowstone National Park. Her curiosity prompted a three year, self-directed undergraduate research project, which she finished in 2020 while earning her Bachelor of Science in Fish & Wildlife Ecology and Management from Montana State University. She has spent hundreds of hours watching wolves and studying their interactions with each other and with other species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Claire continues to follow her passion by inviting clients to share the same incredible experiences in Yellowstone that captivated her during her research.

Naturalist Guide: Ben Buescher

Ben developed his passion for wildlife visiting and working as an educator for the zoo in his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri. He later moved to Fort Collins to earn his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University where opportunities opened up for him to study in South Africa, Baja California, and CSU’s satellite campus in the Rocky Mountains. At school, he worked as a technician for an acoustic ecology lab where his love for communicating and weaving together the stories of ecosystems blossomed. After graduating, he spent a year as a park ranger and educator for the national wildlife refuge system in Kauai. Landing in Bozeman following his move back to the mainland, Ben is now excited for the opportunity to work as a guide in Yellowstone, using his background in conservation biology and environmental education to share the world-renowned stories of Yellowstone National Park with our guests.

Snowshoe & Ski Guide: Kody Marr

Kody first visited Gradiner, MT back in 2016 while on a 10-day backcountry fly fishing adventure and once he laid eyes on this stunning small town he was hooked, he moved out of his home state of Colorado the following summer and hasn't left since. Kody learned to ski about the same time he was potty trained as he grew up in a ski bum family with his mom being a member of the US Ski Team through his childhood. He now spends his time guiding fly fishing trips during the summer months and guiding over snow activities during the winter months. When Kody isn't in the field you may find him scouting the local mountains for wildlife or traveling the Rockies looking for exotic trout species.

Night Sky Guide: Angela Tempo

After 12 years of working in the corporate sector in sales and marketing, Angela decided to become a Certified First Responder in Natural Disaster. Angela has worked for FEMA and BLM as a swift water rescuer, EMT, and Wildland Firefighter, and has responded to a variety of hurricanes and wildfires. In 2018, she moved to the edge of Yellowstone National Park and has focused her efforts on night-sky and long-exposure photography, as well as wildlife and landscape photography. Angela speaks both Spanish and English.

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PO Box 501, Gardiner MT 59030