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    • 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.

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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                                                      

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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: 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   

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

  • Departures: depend on location and duration booked
  • Price: from $250 per person (min. 4)

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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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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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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.

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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  My 12-year old daughter and I were looking for an experience of a lifetime while visiting Yellowstone. One of these was an opportunity to see lots of wildlife while... read more

    Mark H
    August 26, 2019

    star rating  Our family of 5 went on an all-day wildlife watching tour with Cara and it was worth every penny. We saw a ton of wildlife, including a black wolf, we... read more

    lucky171717
    July 24, 2020

    star rating  My friends and I spent two wonderful days with Cara exploring Yellowstone. She is very knowledgeable and personable. We saw wildlife we would have never spotted on our... read more

    avatar thumb Cheryl B
    February 16, 2019
  • 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

    maggiewave8
    October 14, 2021

    star rating  Our adult family of four spent a marvelous Christmas Eve day with Cara touring Yellowstone on a wildlife viewing tour. She picked us up first thing in the morning with... read more

    krystys2020
    January 4, 2020

    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

    kmcontino
    January 3, 2020

    star rating  Cara was great!!! My wife and I hired Cara as a cross country skiing guide in Yellowstone but we got so much more than that. Cara knew were... read more

    brianrO8103HE
    December 13, 2020

    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  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  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  This was a once in a lifetime experience! Anyone can go see some animals in Yellowstone but to really see all of the amazing animals in the park you need... read more

    Kendra W
    June 1, 2021
  • star rating  Our day long tour with Cara made our Yellowstone trip rich and fascinating. Her skills at finding Animals are exceptional. We learned a ton of interesting details about the Park's... read more

    eb3b
    October 29, 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  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  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  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  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

    krystical0420
    January 12, 2021
  • star rating  This was our first time in Yellowstone in winter, and it was incredible. We came for animal watching and a little skiing. We booked Cara, the owner of... read more

    philmI5895AO
    January 19, 2020

    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

    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  Another great day spent with Cara in Yellowstone! It is my second time seeing the park with her and her tours are worth every penny. We saw many adult wolves... read more

    malsno
    August 18, 2020

    star rating  This was a once in a lifetime experience! Anyone can go see some animals in Yellowstone but to really see all of the amazing animals in the park you need... read more

    537kendraw
    June 2, 2021

    star rating  Cara and Audra were excellent guides for our eight-person group. They were well-equipped with binoculars and scopes as well as hot drinks and snacks to ensure we got the most... read more

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    January 11, 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  What an AMAZING day we had out in the Serengeti of North America! Our guide, Cara, was absolutely super! Her passion and knowledge of the area and the... read more

    MtnGorillas
    July 19, 2020

    star rating  Because of the date uncertainty for Yellowstone's opening of its northeastern entrance and our scheduled itinerary, my husband and I had to cancel our guided tour with In Our Nature.... read more

    Carla46998
    May 15, 2020
  • star rating  Our guide, Cara, did an amazing job during difficult circumstances. We contacted her at the last minute about leading a trip as we were passing through Yellowstone in November. ... read more

    U1035AUjamesm
    November 15, 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  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

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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