Welcome to In Our Nature Guiding Services

    • Expertly Guided Wildlife Watching Tours and Hikes in Yellowstone and Gallatin National Forest

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. It is surrounded by additional 1.8 million acres of wild, rugged lands in the Gallatin National Forest. 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, 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.

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, Dunraven Pass and Little America and Slough Creek.

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.

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

Private Yellowstone Tours

Wolf & Wildlife Watching Tours in Yellowstone

Join one of our Biologists on a Wildlife Watching tour in Yellowstone's intact ecosystem we premium spotting scopes. 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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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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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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Private Tours Outside Yellowstone

Breakfast & Bears?

Join one of our Biologist Guides on a Wildlife Watching and/or Birding Tour on stunning ranch and Gallatin National Forest lands (with or without hiking). Safely watch and learn about grizzlies, moose and a host of other animals through premium spotting scopes. Enjoy a delicious picnic breakfast. Learn about sustainable ranching practices and wildlife coexistence strategies that make ranchers successful on the edge of Yellowstone. A beautiful hike with views and geological features is optional.

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Guided Day Hikes

Explore around Gardiner, Emigrant, Pray or Paradise Valley in the Gallatin National Forest OUTSIDE of Yellowstone. Join us for a day hike in beautiful reaches of Gallatin National Forest - start times, duration and difficulty are all flexible. We can take you on an easy stroll to a waterfall or up into stunning high country with views you'll hope remain in your memory for all time.

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Llama Day Hikes

Llama hikes are among the many incredible adventures available in Yellowstone OR Paradise Valley and Gardiner area, on Yellowstone's fringe. You're lucky to have multiple ways to join Susi from Yellowstone Llamas, who can answer all of your questions about the llamas. Susi also has in-depth knowledge of Yellowstone National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, its wildlife, history, and geology.

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Backpacking in Yellowstone & Surrounds

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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Winter Yellowstone Adventures

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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Wolf & Wildlife Watching Tours in Yellowstone

 

Join one of our Biologists on a Wildlife Watching tour in Yellowstone's intact ecosystem we premium spotting scopes. Our expert local ecological knowledge will help you see the wildlife you're interested in. Winter is the best time and this is the best place in the world to see wild wolves. We often see otters, moose, red fox, bighorn sheep and scores of bison, elk and pronghorn.

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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 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  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  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  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 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  We had an awesome time exploring Yellowstone on our day hike with Audra. She shared so much knowledge of the natural history of the park, and helped us spot and... read more

    isabel0k
    July 29, 2019

    star rating  My Wife & I had a full day Wildlife tour on 9-14 with Cara and had an excellent time. She is extremely Knowledgeable and Personable. We saw Wolves, Big Horn... read more

    avatar thumb mrokmurphy
    September 26, 2018

    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  It was almost as if Cara made appointments with all the animals! She knew just where to take us to see the wildlife of Yellowstone. And she was fun and... read more

    sharon c
    July 11, 2021

    star rating  My favorite part of the experience was the time and patience Cara took to teach me about wolves and bison, and other wildlife in the park. I wanted to... read more

    Renai S
    December 1, 2021

    star rating  Tour guide Cara provides a great view and education of Yellowstone. We were fortunate and had sighting of wolves, moose, bison, deer and coyote. Cara is very knowledgeable... read more

    avatar thumb bconley8262
    January 15, 2019
  • star rating  July 8th 2019. Our group of 4 adults booked Cara 2-3 months in advance,,( after reading her reviews ) We have traveled all over the world together. In Africa we... read more

    oldracer y
    July 30, 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

    avatar thumb Cindy G
    February 14, 2019

    star rating  Mike was great! He met me and my wife early in Gardiner, MT and we headed into the park - Mike used all of his resources to provide us the... read more

    Pat D
    September 1, 2021
  • 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  We had a great trip with Kody. He found the perfect place to XC-Ski. On the way there and back he stopped numerous times for wildlife viewing. ... read more

    jeff417Grove
    March 1, 2022

    star rating  I took a trip to Yellowstone in mid-December. I engaged Cara for the Wolf/Wildlife Watching excursion all day. While we saw no wolfs, Cara was well aware of... read more

    francescah496
    January 23, 2022
  • star rating  We had an amazing day of wildlife spotting with Nancy in Lamar Valley. She did a great job of explaining the relationships and interactions of all of the various animals... read more

    Chris C
    September 1, 2021

    star rating  Picked up before daybreak, our guide Audra was on time and ready to show us Yellowstone in ways we could not have imagined. As the tour began, both my... read more

    avatar thumb eric s
    January 3, 2019

    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  Cara was a wonderful guide! She provided coffee, hot cocoa, and muffins to start our day. After some awesome animal watching she provided quite a brunch spread followed... read more

    ris1350
    August 12, 2019

    star rating  Cara is amazing!!! We booked 2 days with her the first day Wildlife viewing and the second day we went cross country skiing after more viewing of the animals who... read more

    avatar thumb Audigirl24
    February 15, 2019

    star rating  My husband, 14 yro son and I traveled to Yellowstone in Dec 2018. We hired Cara as our guide for 2 days; the first day I went cross-country skiing with... read more

    avatar thumb Indygirl575
    January 5, 2019
  • star rating  Absolutely stunning Experience!!!
    My wife and I spent the day with Cara our guide who knew everything there was to know about Yellowstone !
    She told us all about... read more

    ChistooherT
    April 15, 2021

    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  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

    avatar thumb RichZ76
    February 18, 2019
  • star rating  Michael took us on a great tour in the Lake area with a friendly pre-dawn pickup at our RV campsite. We told him we were interested in wildlife but did... read more

    Lou_per
    August 17, 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

    avatar thumb kullen_6
    December 20, 2018

    star rating  Thank you Cara for making this day with you the highlight of our trip. Despite the rain (and a little snow!) - we were amazed at your ability to... read more

    SheilaA600
    October 9, 2020

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.

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