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.

Winter Yellowstone Adventures

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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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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Wildlife Watching

Yellowstone 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: approx. hours
  • Price: from $780                                                      

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Breakfast & Bears - Outside Yellowstone: August - November

Join one of our Biologist Guides on a Wildlife Watching 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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Day Hiking: April - October

Yellowstone 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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Guided Day Hikes Outside Yellowstone: 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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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 trips, day hikesovernight backpacking trips, cross-country skiing & snowshoeing, or make your own custom adventure.

 

In Our Nature Guiding Services LLC is an an equal opportunity provider and Authorized Permittee of Yellowstone National Park. We operate under Special Use Permits in Shoshone and Gallatin National Forests. 

We live and 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 known to live in what is now 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  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  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  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

    Renaii777
    December 29, 2021
  • star rating  Cara was just wonderful! She was knowledgable, friendly and carefully listened to our requests and tailored the trip accordingly. I highly recommend people use her. We plan... read more

    peter31414
    May 5, 2022

    star rating  We had an amazing day with Cara spotting wildlife . She pitched it really well for our two teenage daughters and was great company .

    VoyagerFTR
    July 21, 2019

    star rating  We saw so many animals Grizzly, Mountain Goats, Wolfs, Buffalo, Pronghorn, Bald Eagle, and another special bird. We had brunch in a very special place near a river. Cara... read more

    856myrah
    September 23, 2020
  • 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

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    February 14, 2019

    star rating  Cara is amazing! This is our second year of snowshoeing in the park and will definitely be back! She is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and great fun! We truly recommend her as... read more

    Pamela D
    March 1, 2021
  • star rating  My wife and I had an excellent snoeshoe trip with Cara! We got to see amazing views and learned so much from Cara. Can't wait to go again! Highly recommend... read more

    dandP3306ZC
    April 5, 2022

    star rating  We had an amazing day with Cara. We had 3 kids (one is a baby) along with us... She had so much patience with us and still made it possible... read more

    NKB122
    October 12, 2020

    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  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  My wife and I recently hired In Our Nature for a day long tour of Yellowstone. It was our first visit to the park so the goal was to use... read more

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    October 9, 2018

    star rating  Outstanding day. My skiing buddy and I added a day to our trip to Big Sky so we could see some winter wildlife in Yellowstone. Cara... read more

    I36IPthomasm
    March 20, 2021
  • star rating  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

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    January 27, 2019

    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  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  Nancy was an excellent guide and was very knowledgeable about the birds in the area. We saw so many new birds.would definitely r

    LizStak
    September 1, 2021

    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  Nancy & Mike were fantastic & very personable guides who went all out for us. We were able to see bison, elk, pronghorn, black bears, and osprey (each with young... read more

    KALC
    July 25, 2021
  • star rating  Cara's wildlife tour is a day NOT to skip in your plans to visit Yellowstone. We viewed the famous Junction Butte wolf pack, elk, pronghorn, bison, eagles, osprey, magpie... read more

    CKNC11
    September 28, 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  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  An absolutely wonderful experience. Cara really cares about giving here clients the best experience possible. She knew exactly where to find 5 wolf pups who we spent an hour watching.... read more

    JoeReadingPA
    September 22, 2022

    star rating  Wonderful trip with experienced guide. Finding animals and stopping, turning around. Answering lots of questions and helping understand the balance of nature in the region.

    Glal6909
    September 16, 2022

    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  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  Hired Audra from In Our Nature for a full day guided tour of Yellowstone National Park in late October. She was very personable and knowledgeable about the animals and... read more

    avatar thumb dar3150
    November 7, 2018

    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

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: 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.

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.

Biologist Guide: Hannah Beroske

After earning her bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences, Hannah quickly ventured west to Yellowstone National Park where the wildlife is abundant. She fell in love with the Park’s natural wonders and surrounding forests. With 5 years’ experience as a wildlife research technician, she has worked with many animals such as wolves, cougars, birds, and more. She spends most of her time exploring and appreciating everything that nature has to offer. Hannah finds joy in sharing her passions with guests and hopes to facilitate a memorable experience and inspire action. She is especially eager to work with young minds that are ready to learn and have fun!

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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PO Box 501, Gardiner MT 59030