Yellowstone Flood Update

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, which has temporarily cut off our connecting access.

We are working diligently to accommodate our existing and potential visitors. Please know that things are improving rapidly and our local community is now safe to visit again. Southern Yellowstone has also re-opened on June 22, 2022.

We anticipate having some access to Yellowstone from the north entrance later this summer, but the exact date is not yet known. Here is the latest relevant Yellowstone Press Release.

We know that our local, state and federal teams are working very hard to resolve infrastructure challenges. In particular, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Sholly and all staff have been doing an incredible job of trying to re-open Yellowstone safely for our benefit and enjoyment. Here is a link to Yellowstone's Flood Recovery Information Page. We are deeply grateful for every effort that is being made on our behalf!

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

...just as soon as we re-gain safe access through the Yellowstone's north entrance, we will operate our tours (see below) as normal. Rest assured that there will be accommodations available. We can even book those for you (from $200 per night for a double queen room).

Get Into Yellowstone

If you will be staying inside Yellowstone National Park or West Yellowstone, we continue to offer the following tours...

Day Hikes

Backpacking Trips

Wildlife Watching and Birding in Hayden Valley

Geology and Geyser Tours

Custom Tours

YELLOWSTONE ACCESS: Your booking with us ensures that you are able to get inside of Yellowstone all day on the day of your booking, regardless of your license plate number.

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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Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing in Yellowstone

Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Tours

Indulge in winter's splendor: exploring varied terrain, searching for fresh animal tracks, and taking in stellar views of Yellowstone's northern range. There are different routes to choose from depending on your abilities, snow conditions, and weather. Snowshoeing and XC Skiing tours are offered December - March

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Private Winter Tours and Lodging

Choose the winter tours you would like and stay at Wanderlust Haven, an ideally located 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!

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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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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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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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Night Sky Photography Tours

Although Yellowstone National Park has not yet been recognized as a Dark Sky Park, it is 2.2 million acres with few light sources, and supports the most remote areas in the lower 48. With all the other amazing aspects of the Yellowstone, it has been easy to overlook the importance of its pristine night skies. Explore and connect with a part of Yellowstone unseen by most.

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Yellowstone Geology Tour

Yellowstone is one of the largest volcanoes in the world, with a chamber of partially molten magma underneath which causes all of the thermal activity in the park. There is no other place like this on earth! Visit several famous features including Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, and other geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles. Learn about the Yellowstone volcano and how the thermal features work.

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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  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

    Colleen
    September 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  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 true professional, we started early and the fog was pee soup. Yeah it was not what anyone wanted, but Cara made it work, and put in... read more

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    September 4, 2018

    star rating  We had two days of absolutely wonderful trips with Nancy and In Our Nature. This was the first time in Yellowstone for our family of three (2 adults and a... read more

    Dan N
    August 17, 2021

    star rating  My wife and I did a 5 hour cross country skiing tour with Cara on January 6, 2019. It was an incredible trip into the Slough Creek area. We had... read more

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    January 10, 2019
  • 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  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  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  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  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  Cara treated us to a full day in Yellowstone to view wildlife. She has an amazing eye for finding wildlife and amazing equipment to see the wildlife up close... read more

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    March 6, 2019
  • star rating  Highly recommend In Our Nature Guiding Service! We went out for a day with Cara in early April, so only a portion of the park was open, but Cara’s expertise... read more

    GustheFus
    April 23, 2021

    star rating  What a wonderful tour this was. Cara was very professional, prompt, courteous and extremely knowledgeable of the spots and areas where we could catch some wildlife. We had the honor... read more

    Mick O
    June 12, 2019

    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

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    November 17, 2021
  • 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

    Margaret H
    October 1, 2021

    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  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  Do you pine for the best hits all in 1 place? "Hungry Like the Wolf"? "Bi-son Her Standing There?" How about "Bear-ly Breathing"? Cara and IN OUR NATURE provided all... read more

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    May 12, 2019

    star rating  Nancy took us to all the great spots to see exactly the wildlife we had asked to see. She was informative, very pleasant and knowledgeable, and shared many of... read more

    Greg C
    September 1, 2021

    star rating  Cara is very knowledgeable making our trip beautiful and educational. She worked extremely hard to make sure we had a fabulous experience----which we did. We saw 4 moose,... read more

    X4001VYkarenm
    January 3, 2020
  • star rating  Cara was incredibly knowledgeable and is truly in love with the park. Her advice to me as a photographer was invaluable. I will be engaging her again in the future.

    bowmang94
    November 15, 2020

    star rating  This was an amazing day for us! Cara is very personable & casual, but very professional. It really was like going out with your new best friend! She clearly loves... read more

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    September 17, 2018

    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 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

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    September 26, 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

    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  Cara guided my girlfriend and me around Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding areas for three days in November 2020, and it was exceptional. Her knowledge of the region and... read more

    nluke19
    December 17, 2020

    star rating  Cara was a wonderful guide in every way. Within an hour of our time with her we saw the wolves of Yellowstone! Cara was super smart, informative about... read more

    julie z
    September 1, 2021

    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

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    November 7, 2018

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: Nancy Lewis

Nancy has been a naturalist guide and educator in the Yellowstone area since 2015, but she has been fostering a passion for the outdoors and wild places since she first became a naturalist leader in junior high school. Now, she combines her experience in education with her love of the park to help lifelong learners look closely at nature. With In Our Nature, she leads wildlife and thermal basin tours, guided hikes, and birding trips. She takes her passion for the outdoors south for the winter, working as a naturalist guide in Arizona. Nancy speaks Chinese conversationally and Spanish fluently.

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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