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  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

    April 5, 2022

    star rating  We hired Cara for a day in order to get an introduction/overview of Yellowstone in the winter before going out on our own to explore. She planned the day's... read more

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    February 18, 2019

    star rating  I’m a nature lover from way back and am doing my once in a lifetime trip to US national parks. So in going to Yellowstone I really wanted to have... read more

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    May 21, 2019
  • star rating  Seeing Yellowstone in the Winter for the first time in its self was fantastic. But having Cara McGrady as a biologist, guide, and fellow nature worshiper was worth the cost.... read more

    January 19, 2020

    star rating  We spent 10 days in and around Yellowstone, and we both agree that our day spent with Mike from In Our Nature was the highlight of the trip. We were... read more

    Megan W
    November 1, 2021

    star rating  June 10, 2021 From 5:45am until about 2:15pm, Jim and I were spellbound by up close and personal (via scopes) sightings of Lamar Valley wolves, badgers, bison, pronghorn, viewings... read more

    June 18, 2021
  • 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

    January 23, 2022

    star rating  Cara was a wonderful guide! She provided coffee, hot cocoa, and muffins to start our day. After some awesome animal watching she provided quite a brunch spread followed... read more

    August 12, 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  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  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  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.

    September 16, 2022
  • 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  From the moment I contacted Cara, I knew I chose the right person to book a tour with. Cara is a biologist, communicative, knowledgable, and easy to work with. I... read more

    August 21, 2020

    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  We spent the day with Cara and it was easliy the best day of our 5-day trip. We got to watch a grizzly eat an elk that had... read more

    October 7, 2020

    star rating  Cara provided us with a wonderful full day of wildlife viewing. She not only knows her stuff, but her expertise is recognized by her peers. It was interesting to see... read more

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    January 27, 2023

    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

    September 24, 2020
  • 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

    September 1, 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  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  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

    avatar thumb thejacks100
    October 9, 2018

    star rating  The best way to see Yellowstone in winter is with a guide and Cara certainly didn’t disappoint. She is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and created an incredible experience seeing wolves,... read more

    George W
    January 1, 1970

    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  Excellent guide,superbly equipped,knew the place and the wildlife very well.
    Cara personifies why a professional guide is needed for spotting wildlife in Yellowstone.Although I'm an experienced wildlife biologist and guide... read more

    May 26, 2021

    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

    March 20, 2021

    star rating  It was a pleasure setting up my tour with Cara. She gave tips not just on the snowshoe excursion but my visit in general.

    I went out with... read more

    March 9, 2021
  • star rating  We were so fortunate to book with Cara for our private wildlife tour! She was a wonderful guide in every way, and the 8 1/2 hour day flew by for... read more

    August 5, 2020

    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  My husband, 14 yro son and I traveled to Yellowstone in Dec 2018. We hired Cara as our guide for 2 days; the first day I went cross-country skiing with... read more

    avatar thumb Indygirl575
    January 5, 2019