Wildlife Watching Tours

Hiring a professional wildlife biologist as your private guide is the best way to:

- Maximize your likelihood of seeing wolves, bears and any other wildlife you are interested in

- View and photograph wildlife through high quality spotting scopes

- Learn about Yellowstone's natural history, ecology, scientific studies and conservation efforts

Whether you want to see and learn about members of a specific wolf pack or see how many different animals we can find in a day; I use my expert local and ecological knowledge and my high quality Swarovski spotting scopes to give you the best chance of seeing the wildlife that you wish to see. I will ensure you have an excellent, safe and well-informed day out in the park. I love sharing the natural history of Yellowstone! You bring questions and I'll bring delicious food and drinks for us to enjoy in the great outdoors.

Join me on a full day of Wildlife Watching (8+ hrs) or an evening Wildlife Watch (5 hrs)!
Daily departures at dawn (5:00 to 6:00 am in summer) for full day wildlife watching. Evening departures are between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.

All trips are can be run in my SUV or I can join you in your vehicle if there's room.

Wildlife Watching - Full Day (8+ hrs)

At 5 am in summer (5:30 or 6 am in spring and autumn), I will meet you (either at your accommodation in Gardiner or a central location within the park). As we travel to areas of wildlife activity, I will share information about the park, answer your questions and adapt our itinerary to changing conditions and opportunities. I'll do my best to ensure you have a marvelous day.

I provide food (morning snacks and a full brunch/early lunch); cold water, juice and hot drinks; high quality Swarovski spotting scopes, binoculars and a few field identification guides.

We will typically start our day in the Northern Range of Yellowstone visiting areas of known wolf activity first thing in the morning, searching the landscape for sign or distant movement. I will scan each location to look for other species, such as bears, coyotes, foxes, eagles and osprey. We will take a break to dine on a hearty, delicious brunch with hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate in the beautiful outdoors later in the morning. Afterward, I will take you to a few of my favorite spots to see other wildlife of interest. If time allows, we can go for a short walk to stretch our legs and see what animals we can see from the trail before we head back to our rendezvous location.

Please remember to bring clothing layers! It can be freezing in the morning and quite hot by midday. It is not uncommon to have 60 degree (F) temperature changes. Also bring your water bottle and remember to drink plenty of water. Yellowstone has dry, high elevation climate. I will bring a water cooler with extra water for re-fills.


$515 for 1-4 people in Guide's SUV (6 guests max)

$440 for 1-4 people in your own car

$40 for each additional person   


Wildlife Watching Half-day Tours (5 hrs)

You can choose to watch wildlife beginning at dawn or finishing at dark. Trips last approximately 5 hours. I will meet you either at your accommodation in Gardiner, near the north entrance to Yellowstone, or at a central location within the park (depending on where you are staying). Trips can be done in your vehicle or my SUV (max 6 passengers).

We will travel to several locations to spot the wildlife you wish to see, depending on recent activity. I will share information about the park, answer your questions and adapt our itinerary to changing conditions and opportunities. Several wildlife species are commonly seen, including: wolves, grizzly and black bears, coyotes, foxes, elk, deer, bison, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, eagles and osprey. High quality Swarovski spotting scopes and binoculars are provided to aid us in our search.

We will enjoy a light evening picnic or brunch (included) in the beautiful outdoors. We will make our way back to our rendezvous location, stopping off to admire a few views as time permits. There is usually not enough time for a hike on this short itinerary. See Full-day Wildlife Watching Tours or Custom Adventures if you would like to hike and watch wildlife.

Please remember to bring clothing layers for cold morning/evening weather and thunderstorms. Insect repellent may be necessary on summer evenings when mosquitoes become abundant. Don't forget your water bottle.



$425 for 1-4 people in Guide's SUV (6 guests max)

$350 for 1-4 people in your own vehicle

$30 for each additional person


Meeting in Tower Junction, Lamar or Norris Geyser Basin area: $40

Meeting in Canyon area: $60

Entrance into Yellowstone National Park is not included. Entrance fees are $15 per person and $30 per family. A receipt is good for one week.

Because of distance and travel time, trips cannot be initiated at Old Faithful, West Yellowstone or Jackson areas. We would need to meet centrally at one of the locations above.


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In Our Nature Guiding Services LLC

Owner/operator: Cara McGary