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.
Availability & Booking
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: year-round
Join one of our Biologists on a Wolf & Wildlife Watching tour in Yellowstone's intact ecosystem with 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 private and offered year-round. Max 6 guests.
- Departures: from 7 am (earlier in summer)
- Duration: 8 to 10 hours
- Price: from $780
Birding Tours in Yellowstone: May - September
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. Private trips, max 6 guests.
- Departures: between 5 & 6 am
- Duration: 6 to 8 hours
- Price: from $700
Guided Day Hikes: May - October
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. Hikes are private, max 10 guests.
- Departures: from 7 am
- Duration: 6 to 10 hours
- Price: from $700
Private Tours Outside Yellowstone
Breakfast & Bears: August - November
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.
- Departures: from 5:30 am
- Duration: 5 to 7 hours
- Price: from $650
Guided Day Hikes: April - November
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. In Our Nature Guiding Services is an authorized permittee of the Gallatin National Forest. Guided day hikes are private and available for groups of up to 10 people.
- Departures: from 7 am
- Duration: variable
- Price: from $450
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.
- Departures: depend on location and duration booked
- Price: from $250 per person (min. 4)
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.
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.
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.
Backpacking in Yellowstone & Surrounds: May - October, 2023
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.
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 trips, birding expeditions, day hikes, overnight backpacking trips, night sky photography tours, cross-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.
What others have to say about their experience with us....
Angela was amazing. She taught us how to take night photos. This was the highlight of our trip. Unbelievably beautiful experience.
March 28, 2022smanikoth
My wife and I along with our 2 kids spent the Christmas break over at Yellowstone National Park. One of the days we were there we did a half-day snowshoeing... read more
January 27, 2019krystical0420
We booked a cross country ski experience with Cara and we could not have been more pleased with the experience. She was very knowledgable, kind and even (physically) supported... read more
January 12, 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.