Yellowstone Winter

  • In Our Nature Guiding Services

    Expertly Guided Wildlife Watching Tours & Hikes in Yellowstone & Surrounds

  • See & Hear Wild Wolves!

    Expertly Guided Wildlife Watching Tours & Hikes in Yellowstone & Surrounds

  • Snowshoe or Cross-Country Ski

    Expertly Guided Wildlife Watching Tours & Hikes in Yellowstone & Surrounds

  • Choose Your Winter Adventure!

    Expertly Guided Wildlife Watching Tours & Hikes in Yellowstone & Surrounds

  • Lodging & Tour Packages

    Expertly Guided Wildlife Watching Tours & Hikes in Yellowstone & Surrounds

Yellowstone's Winter Wonder

Winter in Yellowstone is epic! The landscape is spectacularly beautiful, especially on cold sunny days when ice crystals linger in the air and on every surface like glitter. Deep, soft snow in the high plateaus forces bison, elk, deer and other animals into the the low valleys, which puts us in more intimate proximity to each other. So many birds (and tourists) have gone to warmer climate. There is silence. We love the winter! Come join us for some of our favorite winter activities: watching wildlife, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Make the most of your visit with a private tour with In Our Nature Guiding Services. We offer exclusive Private Lodging & Tour Packages to make your winter visit extra easy. You can stay in a beautiful home and explore Yellowstone with one of us local wildlife biologists. We will craft our days excursions to your personal interests.

Yellowstone Snowshoe & XC Ski Tours

Come indulge in Yellowstone's winter splendor: explore varied terrain, follow & identify fresh animal tracks, and take in stellar views of Yellowstone's northern range. You can choose from short 2-3 hour trips or longer 5+ hour adventures. We offer full-day XC ski trips into Lamar Valley and NE Yellowstone too. These are available December through March, based on snow conditions.

Watch Yellowstone's Wildlife

Winter in Yellowstone is usually best time to see and hear wolves. It's also considered by many to be the best season for wildlife photography. Part of this is the light and another part is that the deep snow in the high country drives animals down into the valleys and closer to us. See frost on the thick insulating coat of a bison. See how pronghorn glow above the snow. We might be lucky enough to see otters too. Join our biologist guides while they use their expert local ecological knowledge and premium spotting scopes to help you see the wildlife you're interested in. Tours are private and offered year-round.

Private Lodging & Tour Packages

Choose the 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 amazing package to make your visit extra special! Transfers to & from Bozeman or Mammoth can be arranged so that you don't have to drive. Gardiner is a small, walkable village with warm winter hospitality.


  • 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  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

    July 19, 2020

    star rating  Our family of 7 adults (2 generations) loved the day we spent with Audra. She showed us two moose (mother and baby), bison, ducks, hawks, osprey, a badger, coyote,... read more

    August 14, 2019
  • star rating  To view and to truly understand the wildlife of Yellowstone, In Our Nature Guiding Services is a must! On June 29, our family of eight experienced the perfect Wildlife Watching... read more

    Barbara D
    July 7, 2021

    star rating  5+ stars for Cara and Ashea!! Knowledgeable, sweet, funny, kind, excellent (can’t find enough adjectives)! They went above and beyond for our all-day tour! They provided snacks, hot drinks and... read more

    January 20, 2020

    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

    August 17, 2021
  • star rating  We had a wonderful day spent with Audra. Her knowledge of Yellowstone and the animals that inhabit it is vast and she loves sharing that with her clients. We had... read more

    graham p
    October 20, 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

    Margaret H
    October 1, 2021

    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

    July 30, 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

    April 15, 2021

    star rating  Our family had an amazing experience touring Lamar Valley with Nancy. Our group included our three children (ages 6, 9, and 11), my wife, and my parents. ... read more

    July 6, 2021

    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

    August 13, 2020
  • 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

    star rating  We spent a day with Cara in early August and had such a fantastic time! It was the perfect way to start our trip as we got a great overview... read more

    August 22, 2020

    star rating  We met Cara at near the West Entrance for a modified tour due to the flooding challenges in the North. She greeted us with fresh coffee and hot chocolate... read more

    July 30, 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

    November 15, 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

    August 7, 2019

    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

    May 15, 2020
  • star rating  After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor my wife and I had high expectations of our day with Cara viewing wildlife on our first trip to Yellowstone. The omens were good... read more

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    October 9, 2018

    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

    July 24, 2020

    star rating  We had an absolutely amazing wildlife tour with Cara she is an amazing naturalist and it's so easy to hang out with. She can pretty much find whatever it is... read more

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    September 23, 2018
  • 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  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

    September 1, 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

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    December 20, 2018
  • star rating  A guided tour is the way to go when visiting Yellowstone. You can choose from many different tours depending on what you want to see or do! In Our... read more

    October 2, 2020

    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  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

    October 18, 2019
  • star rating  By far this was the best nature experience I have ever had!!! Cara is an excellent guide who has patience, energy,and knowledge of where to scope out wildlife.... read more

    June 8, 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  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