No trip to Yellowstone is complete without paying a visit to the Mammoth area. In this part of the park attractions and hiking opportunities are thick on the ground. Whether it’s the famous travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs or Bunsen Peak, a volcanic summit offering tremendous views of the Mammoth area, you’ll be struck by the splendor of colors and landscapes around you. Breathe in the aspen-scented air as you hike through dense forests, visit beautiful meadows and rolling hills, and observe rarely-seen animals in the Mammoth area. Your guides have plenty of local ecological knowledge, meaning that your chances of witnessing the wildlife you’re interested in increase from the get-go. Join these hiking or wildlife watching tours and take the best photos of stunning landscapes and incredible animals that call this area home.

  • Marvel at rarely-encountered animals from a safe distance

  • Mammoth Hot Springs are described as caves turned inside out

  • Expand your knowledge of the area’s history and conservation efforts

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Private Half-Day of Hiking in the Mammoth Area
May 01 onwards
Private Full-Day of Hiking in the Mammoth Area
May 01 onwards
Private Wildlife Watching from Gardiner
Feb 08 onwards

Meet your guides

Cara McGary
Cara McGary
Cara is a qualified biologist (B.S. Aquatic Biology and M.S. Biology) who wants to help others develop and feed their fascinations with the natural world in Yellowstone. When not in Yellowstone, she likes to explore places where there are good tidepool...
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Claire Lacey
Claire Lacey
Claire developed a passion for wildlife ecology and environmental studies leading her to Montana in 2017 for the opportunity to study the wolves of Yellowstone National Park. She has spent hundreds of hours watching wolves and studying their interactio...
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Nancy Lewis
Nancy Lewis
Nancy has been a naturalist guide and educator in the Yellowstone area since 2015, but she has been fostering a passion for the outdoors and wild places since she first became a naturalist leader in junior high school.Now, she combines her experience i...
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Ben Buescher
Ben Buescher
Ben developed his passion for wildlife while working as a zoo educator in his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri. He later moved to Fort Collins, earning his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University, before taking his studies a...
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In Our Nature
In Our Nature
In Our Nature is an eco-friendly guiding service specializing in private wildlife watching, day hikes, backpacking trips, birding, and night sky tours in Yellowstone National Park. Whether you’re looking to see some world-class wildlife, enjoy a scenic...
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5.00 (3 reviews)
Mary Meyer about In Our Nature on 57hours

Nancy was awesome. It was wonderful to fully enjoy “sightseeing ( wildlife and birds) without the hazle of driving or having to have expensive equipment!

Best Guide in Yellowstone
Julien F. about In Our Nature on TripAdvisor

Cara is truly a gem. She customized her tour based on my interests and I got to see so many amazing sights. She was kind and funny and extremely knowledgeable. She somehow knew where all the wildlife was hiding. I had a great time and would not have enjoyed Yellowstone as much if it wasn’t for her!

Kathryn B. about In Our Nature on TripAdvisor

All around excellent experience. Cara has great equipment to help us see all the wildlife and a huge amount of information to share.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Yellowstone National Park, please refer to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Yellowstone National Park Website and Wyoming Department of Health websites.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local naturalist hiking guide or biologist with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A half-day or full-day of hiking, or a full-day of wildlife watching
      • Snacks (half-day hikes), lunch (full-day hikes), brunch and hot drinks (wildlife watching)
      • Bear spray for hikes
      • Water refills 
      • High quality scopes and binoculars

    What’s not included:

  • The best thing about hiking and wildlife watching in Yellowstone is that people of all ages and abilities can participate. On easier hikes, you’ll cross gentle and mostly flat terrain with minimal elevation gain. Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation (up to 700 feet) and the trails include sections of rocky terrain and other obstacles. Moderately strenuous hikes have uneven rocky terrain and other obstacles with up to 1,000 ft of elevation gain. On advanced hikes, you’ll encounter steeper, rocky terrain, possibly off-trail, with steep inclines and possibly over 1,000 ft in elevation gain. The minimum starting elevation is about 6,000 ft above sea level and you’ll go up from there. Keep in mind, the weather in the summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

    For wildlife watching, you won’t need to stray too far from the vehicle as wildlife watching is most effective from the road (with short walks to vantage points, up to about a half-mile each). Daily departures are at dawn (5 to 6 am in the summer, 7 am in the winter) and the duration of the tour is typically 7 to 8 hours.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (3L capacity)
      • Waterproof insulated shoes (with slip-resistant soles)
      • Warm layers
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Lightweight hiking pants
      • Warm hat
      • Insulated gloves
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For the private hiking tours, the max. client-to-guide ratio is 10:1.
      • For the private wildlife watching tours, the max. client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
      • Cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike or watch wildlife with friends and family! 

    Hiking and Wildlife watching tours in the Mammoth area in Yellowstone can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 are welcome, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • Cancellations up to 30 days before your trip date will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.
      • Cancellations between 29 and 5 days before your trip date will receive a 50% refund.
      • For cancellations within 5 days of booking refunds will not be provided.
  • To get to Yellowstone National Park, most people fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Montana, just under 2 hours away from Yellowstone National Park North Entrance, MT. From there, you can rent a car to get to Yellowstone National Park North Entrance.

    Meeting points

    Half-Day Hike:

    • Let your guides know where you are staying in Gardiner MT the night before your trip. If you are staying in Livingston, Pray, Emigrant or Paradise Valley, they will meet you at the Roosevelt Arch at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana.
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