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  We had a fantastic time in Yellowstone courtesy of In Our Nature Guiding services. We actually spent two days with them: one watching wolves and wildlife and one snoeshoeing... read more

    March 15, 2022

    star rating  Where do we even start?! Mike, our guide, was phenomenal. We booked a custom tour of Yellowstone - we wanted to see Old Faithful, The Grand Prismatic, and The Grand... read more

    CMG, doc
    August 25, 2021

    star rating  This was our first time cross-country skiing and Cara made sure we learned how to properly put on our skis, move, stop and enjoy our selves for the duration of... read more

    January 24, 2021
  • star rating  My friends and I spent two wonderful days with Cara exploring Yellowstone. She is very knowledgeable and personable. We saw wildlife we would have never spotted on our... read more

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    February 16, 2019

    star rating  July 8th 2019. Our group of 4 adults booked Cara 2-3 months in advance,,( after reading her reviews ) We have traveled all over the world together. In Africa we... read more

    July 30, 2019

    star rating  Nancy & Mike were fantastic & very personable guides who went all out for us. We were able to see bison, elk, pronghorn, black bears, and osprey (each with young... read more

    July 25, 2021
  • 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

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    October 9, 2018

    star rating  There were 15 of us taking the guided hike with Audra. We had a great time learning about the different birds and animals. The scenery was great and... read more

    Sharon R
    July 7, 2019

    star rating  We booked a cross country ski experience with Cara and we could not have been more pleased with the experience. She was very knowledgable, kind and even (physically) supported... read more

    January 12, 2021
  • 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  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  We had a wildlife tour with Cara - we did the half day. It was phenomenal. We saw so many amazing animals and she even got it on video... read more

    August 14, 2020
  • star rating  This was a fantastic tour! Cara was so knowledgable about the area and the wildlife. We saw so many animals that we had not expected to get to... read more

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    June 4, 2019

    star rating  Wow Cara is awesome! She knows this place like her backyard! Extremely knowledgable about YNP. Best day of vacation by far. Cara was able to find a Grizzly interacting with... read more

    Emil V
    September 28, 2019

    star rating  We met Cara at near the West Entrance for a modified tour due to the flooding challenges in the North. She greeted us with fresh coffee and hot chocolate... read more

    July 30, 2022
  • star rating  My favorite part of the experience was the time and patience Cara took to teach me about wolves and bison, and other wildlife in the park. I wanted to... read more

    Renai S
    December 1, 2021

    star rating  My wife and I spent five days with Cara In Yellowstone National Park. One day was better than the next. Wolves going in dens, Black Bears chasing siblings up a... read more

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    May 2, 2019

    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  Another great day spent with Cara in Yellowstone! It is my second time seeing the park with her and her tours are worth every penny. We saw many adult wolves... read more

    August 18, 2020

    star rating  An absolutely wonderful experience. Cara really cares about giving here clients the best experience possible. She knew exactly where to find 5 wolf pups who we spent an hour watching.... read more

    September 22, 2022

    star rating  We had a truly memorable day with Cara watching the wild animals in their winter environment - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wolves, coyotes, pronghorn and even a bear's... read more

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    February 10, 2023
  • star rating  My husband and I enjoyed a truly memorable day with Cara from the wildlife sightings to the excellent food and professional service. Cara can spot wildlife that we... read more

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    October 19, 2018

    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  This was our first trip to Yellowstone National Park and we did our best to find a good guide for our trip.

    Cara's website attracted me since she... read more

    January 31, 2020
  • star rating  We booked In Our Nature Guides for two tours: a 6 mile hike in Yellowstone and the early morning nature viewing. The hike was excellent. Nancy, our guide,... read more

    Matt P
    September 24, 2020

    star rating  Cara treated us to a full day in Yellowstone to view wildlife. She has an amazing eye for finding wildlife and amazing equipment to see the wildlife up close... read more

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    March 6, 2019

    star rating  It was almost as if Cara made appointments with all the animals! She knew just where to take us to see the wildlife of Yellowstone. And she was fun and... read more

    sharon c
    July 11, 2021
  • star rating  When you travel to a national park like Yellowstone to view wildlife in their natural environment, you need a professional biologist to make that happen. To find those animals that... read more

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    February 14, 2019

    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  Picked up before daybreak, our guide Audra was on time and ready to show us Yellowstone in ways we could not have imagined. As the tour began, both my... read more

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    January 3, 2019