Yellowstone Birding

Harlequin duck
Yellow-headed blackbird
Mountain bluebird
Sandhill crane

Birding in Yellowstone is incredible! Yellowstone is home to about 300 species of birds during the summer months, creating a unique birding opportunity in the Rocky Mountains. Mountain bluebirds are a local favorite, Yellow-headed blackbirds sing to their mates in the wetlands, and Sandhill cranes make their eerie call as wolves howl in the distance.

Yellowstone Birding tours are generally road-based to maximize the number of species we see, but we may be able to find a few extra species on a short hike as well (full day tours only). Mountain chickadees and Red-breasted nuthatches tend to hide in the trees!

It is not uncommon to see a life bird (a bird you have never seen before in your life) on a half-day birding trip in Yellowstone. On a full-day tour, we can target specific species in a variety of habitats. Book your tour now to start adding to your life list!

  • ● The best months for birding in Yellowstone are May through September.
  • ● We depart Gardiner at 6:00 am, or we can meet you at Canyon Village at 7:00 am.
  • ● A half day of birding is typically 4-5 hours, and a full day is 7-8 hours. Every day is different, so it’s important to be flexible.
  • ● Plenty of high quality scopes and binoculars are provided, so you won't have to share.
  • ● Hot drinks, snacks and water refills are included on all trips. Please bring your own water bottle.
  • ● Brunch is included on full day trips
  • ● Tours can be adapted to accommodate all ages and abilities. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific needs.

Yellowstone Birding Rates

Starting in Gardiner

Half-day $400
Full-day $575

Starting at Canyon Village

Half-day $500
Full-day $675

Be Prepared!

As an effort to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required when you are within 6 feet of your guide or other park visitors.

Please remember to bring clothing layers! It is not uncommon to have 60 degree (F) temperature changes in one day. In the winter, that could mean a change from -20 to +40 degrees (F). In summer, we could start the morning below freezing, and end the day in short sleeves. Be prepared!

Yellowstone has dry, high-elevation climate, where it is difficult to stay hydrated at any time of year. It is important to drink lots of water in this environment.

Park entrance fees are not included. Entrance fees are $20 per person or $35 per family, and are good for one week. Annual passes are also available. Please see Yellowstone's website: or a park entrance kiosk for more information.

Gratuity is not included.


In Our Nature Guiding Services is happy to help all visitors navigate the obstacles that will be encountered in Yellowstone because of the remote, wilderness nature of this special place. We strive to make tours in Yellowstone National Park accessible to all. If you are considering a tour and have specific needs, please contact us so that we can discuss. We have experience guiding wheelchair users and a variety of other disabilities.  For more information about accessibility in Yellowstone, please see the Yellowstone National Park website at the following link:

Traveling with your service or companion dog? We can adapt many of our Yellowstone trips so that your well behaved, vaccinated dog can come along.