Yellowstone Flood Update

Yes! We have resumed Yellowstone tours from Gardiner MT as of July 2, 2022! Gardiner MT is safe and ready to welcome you! Please come support our amazing little community as it recovers from the mid-June floods. Businesses are open!

Yellowstone is accessible via the North Entrance in guided tours only at this time. Lamar Valley is not accessible by vehicle, but we can get to many other incredible locations for wildlife watching, such as Hayden Valley.

The upper and lower loops roads, West, South and East entrances are open to regular entry, without restrictions. The alternating license plate system ended on July 2, 2022.

Thank you everyone for your patience and kindness as we navigate the challenges of recent flooding and infrastructure damage in Yellowstone National Park and our gateway town of Gardiner MT. We are deeply grateful to local, state and federal teams, particularly Yellowstone's Superintendent and staff, who are working diligently to rebuild infrastructure and safely re-open all of Yellowstone for our benefit and enjoyment. Here is a link to Yellowstone's Flood Recovery Information Page for more information.

Below are some OPTIONS for you to consider if you are planning to visit:

Gardiner and Paradise Valley

If you will be joining us in Gardiner, Emigrant, Pray or Paradise Valley, we can offer you the following options right now...

Day Hikes in stunning reaches of Gallatin National Forest

Birding and Wildlife Watching Tours on stunning Ranch and Gallatin National Forest lands (with or without hiking).

Llama Day Hikes with our colleagues at Yellowstone Llamas

Get Into Yellowstone

We can bring you into Yellowstone from Gardiner MT or meet you centrally within Yellowstone for the following tours...

Wildlife Watching

Day Hikes

Backpacking Trips

Birding 

Custom Tours

Rest assured that there will be accommodations available. We can even book those for you (from $200 per night for a double queen room) at the Yellowstone River Motel.

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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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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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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Private Winter Tours and Lodging

Choose the winter guided activities and tours you would like to do and stay at Wanderlust Haven, an ideally located, beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom 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!  Transfers to & from Bozeman or Mammoth can be arranged.

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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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Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing in Yellowstone

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Tours

Yellowstone is a winter wonderland! Come indulge in winter's splendor: explore varied terrain, follow & identify fresh animal tracks, and take in stellar views of Yellowstone's northern range. We will access different routes depending on your abilities, snow conditions, and the weather.  Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing tours are offered December - March.

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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 and Gallatin National Forest

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  We were so fortunate to book with Cara for our private wildlife tour! She was a wonderful guide in every way, and the 8 1/2 hour day flew by for... read more

    dec38647
    August 5, 2020

    star rating  Angela was amazing. She taught us how to take night photos. This was the highlight of our trip. Unbelievably beautiful experience.

    Katherinethegreat200
    March 28, 2022

    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  We spent a full day with Cara hiking on a beautiful trail in Yellowstone that she chose for our skill level. She brought us to a beautiful lake for our... read more

    lucilachicago
    August 13, 2020

    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 on a guided hike of the Garnet Loop Trail in Yellowstone and she made it the most comfortable experience for us. She was available... read more

    divyanairss
    September 5, 2020
  • star rating  We hired Cara for a day in order to get an introduction/overview of Yellowstone in the winter before going out on our own to explore. She planned the day's... read more

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    February 18, 2019

    star rating  We had a great half day tour with Nancy! Originally, we had planned to go on a hike around the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, but steady rain was forecasted.... read more

    sandiegotravelers
    August 22, 2021

    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  My husband and I cannot say enough wonderful things about In Our Nature Guide Service! It was our first time to Yellowstone, so we knew we wanted to book a... read more

    aconklinalexander
    March 28, 2022

    star rating  We scheduled a Yellowstone tour with Mike and a follow up wildlife tour on another day. Mike was incredible. Would highly recommend him. He was very personable and knowledgeable. Could... read more

    Diana H
    November 1, 2021

    star rating  Cara was an extremely knowledgeable guide but also excelled in customer service. She was able to accommodate our party of two and adjusted for our skill level. Qould recommend seeing... read more

    Larali1121
    January 9, 2021
  • star rating  We just got back from a trip of a lifetime to Yellowstone National Park with ten of my family and friends. In a week of the highlights spending the day... read more

    Bob G
    August 27, 2019

    star rating  We loved our Lamar Valley hike with Mike. He was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. He let us set the pace and went out of his way to make it enjoyable... read more

    Laura H
    June 27, 2021

    star rating  This is the second time we have used Cara for just an eye opening outdoor experience. It was a full day of excitement and beauty. We were able to view... read more

    Michael B
    October 8, 2019
  • star rating  We had a wonderful day spent with Audra. Her knowledge of Yellowstone and the animals that inhabit it is vast and she loves sharing that with her clients. We had... read more

    graham p
    October 20, 2019

    star rating  Literally, the best way you can spend a day in Yellowstone. Cara took us around to all of her favorite spots and of course, we saw grizzly's, a wolf pack... read more

    jeffreys857
    August 23, 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  We had a wildlife tour with Cara - we did the half day. It was phenomenal. We saw so many amazing animals and she even got it on video... read more

    Voyager35635681148
    August 14, 2020

    star rating  The best way to see Yellowstone in winter is with a guide and Cara certainly didn’t disappoint. She is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and created an incredible experience seeing wolves,... read more

    GeorgeW0
    January 6, 2022

    star rating  Amazing wildlife spotting with Audra who made the whole day enjoyable.We had great views of Grizzlies, Wloves, Coyotes etc and plenty of birds including Sandhill Cranes, White Pelicans and numerous... read more

    mikehoward6993
    August 7, 2019
  • star rating  Our day started at five in the morning. By six we were watching wolves and coyotes through a magnificent telescope. It never ended. Bears, wolves, coyotes, bison, and more. Then... read more

    John D
    July 6, 2019

    star rating  To say that our time with Cara exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. My new husband and I spent our honeymoon in Montana. We wanted to spend a few... read more

    Krysta C
    January 3, 2020

    star rating  Kody Marr was a wonderful guide. He picked a hike that was exactly what we were looking for- deep snow and not many people. He is very knowledgeable about the... read more

    Climber37165216272
    February 15, 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  It was a pleasure setting up my tour with Cara. She gave tips not just on the snowshoe excursion but my visit in general.

    I went out with... read more

    G8803OAjosephp
    March 9, 2021

    star rating  We spent two full days with Cara looking for wildlife. As all the other reviews have stated, she provides an outstanding experience. She comes with high-powered scopes that... read more

    Buhbabe
    September 24, 2020
  • star rating  Where do I begin? First, Cara was such a joy to work with. I reached out to Cara to inquire about quite a few of their services and she was... read more

    ColleenMcQ
    December 1, 2021

    star rating  We had the best afternoon with Mike! He took us on a gorgeous trail where we only encountered 5 other people in 4 hours. We learned about the geology, topography,... read more

    DeborahGR
    September 1, 2021

    star rating  We scheduled a Yellowstone tour with Mike and a follow up wildlife tour on another day. Mike was incredible. Would highly recommend him. He was very personable and knowledgeable. Could... read more

    W2018AQdianah
    November 17, 2021

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.

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