Wildlife Watching Tours


Hiring a knowledgeable private wildlife 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

- Hear accounts of wildlife interactions and population dynamics, as well as stories of well-observed individuals

- 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; We use our expert local and ecological knowledge and high quality Swarovski spotting scopes to give you the best chance of seeing the wildlife that you wish to see. This will ensure you have an excellent, safe and well-informed day out in the park. We love sharing the natural history of Yellowstone! You bring questions and we'll bring delicious food and drinks for us to enjoy in the great outdoors.

Join us on a full day of Wildlife Watching 
Daily departures at dawn (5:00 to 6:00 am in summer; 7:00 am in winter) for full day wildlife watching. Duration is typically 7 to 8 hours, sometimes a little longer depending on conditions. We start out early because the majority of our wildlife are most abundant and active around dawn.

Typically, all trips are run in our comfortable SUVs. However, due to sudden local increases in Covid-19 infections, we are running these tours as follow-alongs. You follow your guide in your own vehicle and communicate via walkie talkies en route. At your destinations masks are required when you are within 6 ft of your guide or others. We want to ensure you finish your tour with nothing more than lasting memories. In the winter, this will only work if you have snow tires on your vehicle. Please contact us directly for Winter 2020/2021 Wildlife Watching bookings. We are not taking those online at this time.

All trips are private and we adapt our itinerary to your needs, changing conditions and opportunities. We do our best to ensure you have a marvelous day.

Brunch, use of binoculars, and spotting scopes are included.

Hiking is not required for these tours but short hikes can be included upon request (as snow and weather conditions allow). They can be adapted to be accessible for all ages and people with disabilities. Please let us know in your booking if you have specific needs so we can make sure that we are appropriately prepared.

Please remember to bring clothing layers! In summer, it can be freezing in the morning and quite hot by midday. It is not uncommon to have 60 degree (F) temperature changes. Outside of June, July and August, expect cold and very very cold temperatures.  Please dress in seasonally appropriate layers, long pants and closed shoes for summer. Bring a hat, sunscreen and your water bottle!  In winter, you'll need insulated boots, long underwear, synthetic insulated outerwear, gloves, beanie, and sunglasses. Remember to drink plenty of water. Yellowstone has dry, high- elevation climate, where it is difficult to stay hydrated at any time of year. A water cooler with extra water for re-fills will be provided.

Prices and Bookings

Advanced bookings are required to ensure that we have time to prepare for your trip and to ensure that you get your preferred date. Please use the calendar and booking form at the bottom of your page to determine guide availability and book your trip today.

Meeting Location Seasonal Availability Price for 1 person Additional Person (each)
North Entrance – Gardiner Mammoth All Year $575 $60
Tower-Roosevelt, Lamar Canyon All Year $625 $60
Norris Geyser Basin Late April – Early November $625 $60
Canyon Late April – Early November $675 $60

Please contact us for pricing and availability if your group is more than 6 people.

Book Wildlife Watching Now!

Please contact us directly for Winter 2020/2021 Wildlife Watching bookings. We are not taking those online at this time. We want to make sure you understand our Covid protocols and will have snow tires on your vehicle so that you can follow us safely. Thank you!

-Maximum capacity in Guide's vehicle is 6 guests unless specially arranged.

-Prices reflect guide travel fees for trips based out of Tower/Roosevelt/Lamar or Canyon when those roads are open.

-Because of distance and travel time and road construction, trips cannot start at Norris, Old Faithful, Madison, West Yellowstone or any locations further south. We would need to meet centrally at one of the locations above.

-Entrance fees into Yellowstone National Park are not included - Entrance fees are $20 per person of $35 per family. A receipt is good for one week. Annual passes are also available.  Those over 62 qualify for a lifetime pass. Active military, veterans, 4th and 5th graders may have free pass options. Please see Yellowstone's website: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fees.htm or a park entrance kiosk for more information.

Contact Us Directly

In Our Nature Guiding Services LLC

Owner/operator: Cara McGary

PO Box 501, Gardiner MT 59030

1-406-579-3838
cara.mcgary@gmail.com

Cara