Yellowstone Day Hikes

Hike in Yellowstone with a Biologist

Yellowstone has over 900 miles (1,450 km) of trails in a variety of landscapes, from lush pine forests to stark thermal basins. Hikes can be steep mountain treks or casual strolls along boardwalks. Take a closer look at Yellowstone by getting off the beaten path and onto a trail with a biologist as your guide. Your expert guide will customize your half-day (up to 5 hours) or full-day (up to 8 hours) privately guided hike in Yellowstone according to your preferences, abilities, time of year, weather, and trail conditions. Location Options: We can guide you on trails in Yellowstone near Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction, Canyon, Hayden Valley, Lamar Valley. We also guide day hikes near Gardiner, Paradise Valley or Cooke City-Silver Gate in the Gallatin National Forest. We carry bear spray and are trained in trail safety in Yellowstone's bear country. We take grizzly bears seriously! We can also enhance your knowledge of Yellowstone's natural history, ecology, scientific studies, and conservation efforts. As guides, we get excited about all kinds of observations, so let us know if you have a particular interest.

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 Mammoth WY, Gardiner MT or Paradise Valley MT
  • + $30 per hiker, after the first
Half Day Hike
near Tower Jxn or Lamar Valley
  • + $30 per hiker, after the first
Half Day Hike
near Grand Canyon of Yellowstone or Hayden Valley
  • + $30 per hiker, after the first
Full Day Hike
near Mammoth WY, Gardiner MT or Paradise Valley MT
  • + $50 per hiker, after the first
Full Day Hike
near Tower Jxn or Lamar Valley
  • + $50 per hiker, after the first
Full Day Hike
near Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone or Hayden Valley
  • + $50 per hiker, after the first


Cara was our guide on our recent family vacation to Montana and Yellowstone. She met us at the park and guided us on a hike off the beaten path. We got to see things the average tourist would never see. She truly loves what she does and is so in tune with nature and her surroundings! I feel like I made a lifelong friend. If you are in need of a guide set please do yourself a favor and book with Cara. She is fantastic and you won't be disappointed!
September 2017
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 both the landscape and the wildlife was exceptional, and their guiding service was by far the best I’ve ever experienced. The details: I recently took a vacation with my father to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with the goal of both hitting the “top sites” in each park, and of getting off the roads and boardwalks into the back country. Knowing that he has some physical limitations and that I’d be wanting a more serious hike by the middle of the trip, I booked In Our Nature to provide each of us with a custom half-day hike. Cara (the owner) called me in advance and we discussed what our goals were for the trip, what sorts of snacks we liked (NO MAYONNAISE!), and what our fitness levels were. When we met up with Cara and Audra at Tower Roosevelt Junction the day of the trip, they went over our itineraries with us, checked to ensure we had everything we would need, and then hit the road to stage vehicles along the park road, allowing us to create loop hikes out of what would ordinarily be out-and-back trips. I won’t recount every detail, but combined, we hiked both on and off trail, experienced numerous wildlife surprises, saw grizzly and black bears, pronghorn antelopes, bighorn sheep, bison, marmots, ground squirrels, great horned owls, osprey, peregrine falcons, and many other birds, most with young. This is to say nothing of the fantastic scenery, in-depth knowledge of the region’s ecology, pleasant company, and of course, tasty mayo-free snacks. My dad and I were both extremely satisfied with our custom outings. I strongly recommend In Our Nature to anyone looking for a top-notch guiding service whether along the roads or in the backcountry.
Scott K
June 2019
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 for communication before, during and after the hike to answer any questions we had for her. She also took my pace into consideration and ensured we took it easy, had ample water breaks, food breaks, coordinated the trail so that we had less sun exposure which helped me to complete the entire loop along with the visit to the suspension bridge over the Yellowstone River. Her suggestions to visit the Beartooth pass and food options along the way just made the trip so much more memorable for us. We will be calling Cara again when we are back in Yellowstone.
September 2020

$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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