Yellowstone Winter

  • Winter Tours in Yellowstone

    Explore Yellowstone in Winter With Guided Wildlife Watching Tours

  • 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  Our family had an amazing experience touring Lamar Valley with Nancy. Our group included our three children (ages 6, 9, and 11), my wife, and my parents. ... read more

    July 6, 2021

    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  Our guide, Cara, did an amazing job during difficult circumstances. We contacted her at the last minute about leading a trip as we were passing through Yellowstone in November. ... read more

    November 15, 2020
  • 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  Cara was a wonderful guide! She provided coffee, hot cocoa, and muffins to start our day. After some awesome animal watching she provided quite a brunch spread followed... read more

    August 12, 2019

    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  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  My wife and I recently hired In Our Nature for a day long tour of Yellowstone. It was our first visit to the park so the goal was to use... read more

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    October 9, 2018

    star rating  My wife and I along with our 2 kids spent the Christmas break over at Yellowstone National Park. One of the days we were there we did a half-day snowshoeing... read more

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    January 27, 2019
  • star rating  Cara provided us with a wonderful full day of wildlife viewing. She not only knows her stuff, but her expertise is recognized by her peers. It was interesting to see... read more

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    January 27, 2023

    star rating  My husband and I spent the day with Cara on a 12 hour custom tour, split roughly between watching wildlife and a combo Grand Canyon/geothermal hike. It was a spectacular... read more

    October 5, 2019

    star rating  Amazing wildlife spotting with Audra who made the whole day enjoyable.We had great views of Grizzlies, Wloves, Coyotes etc and plenty of birds including Sandhill Cranes, White Pelicans and numerous... read more

    August 7, 2019
  • star rating  Our day long tour with Cara made our Yellowstone trip rich and fascinating. Her skills at finding Animals are exceptional. We learned a ton of interesting details about the Park's... read more

    October 29, 2021

    star rating  Our family of 5 went on an all-day wildlife watching tour with Cara and it was worth every penny. We saw a ton of wildlife, including a black wolf, we... read more

    July 24, 2020

    star rating  Where do I begin? First, Cara was such a joy to work with. I reached out to Cara to inquire about quite a few of their services and she was... read more

    December 1, 2021
  • star rating  Our day long tour with Cara made our Yellowstone trip rich and fascinating. Her skills at finding Animals are exceptional. We learned a ton of interesting details about the Park's... read more

    Eva B
    October 1, 2021

    star rating  Ben and Hannah were amazing guides for our family of 10. We spent 10 hours in the park together and had an amazing day of education and wildlife viewing.

    October 16, 2022

    star rating  Cara was an extremely knowledgeable guide but also excelled in customer service. She was able to accommodate our party of two and adjusted for our skill level. Qould recommend seeing... read more

    January 9, 2021
  • 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 did a wildlife tour with Hannah in late December. She was absolutely amazing. Our daughter is a biology/ecology major, and Hannah was a fantastic source of information (she is... read more

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    December 30, 2022

    star rating  We had an amazing day with Cara. We had 3 kids (one is a baby) along with us... She had so much patience with us and still made it possible... read more

    October 12, 2020
  • star rating  We had an amazing day of wildlife spotting with Nancy in Lamar Valley. She did a great job of explaining the relationships and interactions of all of the various animals... read more

    Chris C
    September 1, 2021

    star rating  Do you pine for the best hits all in 1 place? "Hungry Like the Wolf"? "Bi-son Her Standing There?" How about "Bear-ly Breathing"? Cara and IN OUR NATURE provided all... read more

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    May 12, 2019

    star rating  We spent 10 days in and around Yellowstone, and we both agree that our day spent with Mike from In Our Nature was the highlight of the trip. We were... read more

    Megan W
    November 1, 2021
  • star rating  Wonderful trip with experienced guide. Finding animals and stopping, turning around. Answering lots of questions and helping understand the balance of nature in the region.

    September 16, 2022

    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  We saw so many animals Grizzly, Mountain Goats, Wolfs, Buffalo, Pronghorn, Bald Eagle, and another special bird. We had brunch in a very special place near a river. Cara... read more

    September 23, 2020
  • star rating  My husband and I had a full day of viewing wildlife in Yellowstone which was so informative and exciting. Cara picked us up at our lodging in Gardiner very... read more

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    October 1, 2018

    star rating  To view and to truly understand the wildlife of Yellowstone, In Our Nature Guiding Services is a must! On June 29, our family of eight experienced the perfect Wildlife Watching... read more

    Barbara D
    July 7, 2021

    star rating  We LOVED this! Booked the Snow Sampler for our first morning in Gardiner/Yellowstone. Met our guide, Matt Herger, promptly at 9:30am, He was great - got us... read more

    Terri C
    February 23, 2021