Guided Hikes in Gallatin National Forest

Experience epic beauty near Gardiner and Paradise Valley

Get away from the crowds and experience the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem like a local! The Custer-Gallatin National Forest holds all of the mountain splendor and wildlife of Yellowstone, without the masses. Relax, unwind, move and discover this magnificent place with us. Join us for a half-day (up to 5 hours) or full-day (up to 8 hours) privately guided hike in Custer-Gallatin National Forest, on Yellowstone's doorstep. We customize your hike according to your preferences, abilities, time of year, weather, and trail conditions. In addition to guiding expertise, your guide will bring delicious snacks (on half-day hikes) or lunch (on full-day hikes), bear spray, binoculars and a few field guides. Our guides carry bear spray and are trained in trail safety in Yellowstone's bear country. We take grizzly bears seriously! Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.

Biologist Guide

We love using our expert local ecological knowledge to help you see and learn about the aspects of Yellowstone that you are interested in. We'll also help you stay safe while you go wild!


We provide delicious snacks on half-day hikes, or picnic lunch on full-day hikes

Weather and Elevation

Yellowstone has a dry, high-elevation climate. Weather varies A LOT! We can have 60 degree (F) temperature changes in a day. Bring clothing layers. Thunderstorms and snow can happen in any month.

Amazing Optics

Binoculars are provided on your hike, so you won't miss out on the action!

Family Friendly + Accessible

Hikes can be adapted to accommodate most ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.

Stay Hydrated!

BYO water bottle or hydration pack and drink plenty of water to have your best day. You'll need 2 liters per person for half day hikes or 3 liters per person for full day hikes.

Choose Your Adventure!

When booking a hike, please specify the level of difficulty you prefer. Remember! Yellowstone is in the Rocky Mountains. The minimum starting elevation will be about 6000 feet above sea level, and we go up from there.

Gentle and mostly flat terrain, with minimal elevation gain. May include boardwalks or stairs.
Trails that include sections of rocky terrain or sections and other obstacles with up to 700 feet elevation gain.
Moderately Strenuous
Uneven rocky terrain and other obstacles with up to 1000 feet elevation gain.
Steeper, rocky terrain, possibly off trail, with steep inclines and possibly over 1000 feet in elevation gain

Tour Pricing

All hikes are private Meet at Trailhead Please contact us directly for groups larger than 10

Half Day Hike
near Gardiner MT or Paradise Valley MT
  • + $30 per hiker, after the first
Full Day Hike
near Gardiner MT or Paradise Valley MT
  • + $50 per hiker, after the first


Cara is AMAZING! We had an incredible day! She is incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, and responsive. We couldn't have had a better guide! I'd give 10 stars if I could. She really knows her stuff, and it showed. It was an awesome experience!
Carrie Thompson
September 2019
Our guide Hanna was so knowledgeable and passionate. Super friendly and helpful. Got us away from crowds, sought out wild life. We saw so much!!! And communication with the company in advance was so helpful, even with questions unrelated to this tour. Highly recommend!!!
Natalie M.
June 2023
We returned and completed our trip that was canceled last year due to the flood! I cannot say enough about using this guide service! We had Hannah as our guide and did a wildlife tour (incredible!) a geology tour and then did a 1 day full hike in Gallatin National Forest! So knowledgeable, energetic and professional we all had a wonderful time and so did our two teenage daughters! My husband was impressed as we were all with her knowledge of animals, plants, the land and history! This trip would have been 1/10th as good if we hadn’t booked with Cara and Hannah was fantastic! If I could give higher than 5 stars I would!
Allison Sethney
June 2023

$500/half day hike + $30/person

$700/full day hike + $50/person

What's Included

An experienced, local naturalist hiking guide or biologist with extensive knowledge of the area A half-day or full-day of hiking Snacks (half-day hikes), lunch (full-day hikes) Bear spray for hikes Binoculars

What's Not Included

Gratuity National Park entrance fees: $20/person Weekly, annual, veteran, 4th grader & senior passes also accepted.

Payment Options

We will gladly accept online payment by credit card or by check if mailed in advance.

Have a Question?

Feel free to reach out and we're happy to answer any questions you may have.

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