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Though it makes up less than 10% of the National Park’s total surface area, Yellowstone’s Northern Range may just be its most important part. Accessible by automobile all-year-round, the 600-square-mile (1,550 square km) reserve nestled between the Gallatin and the Absaroka Mountains hides some spectacular nature. In the wintertime, the already scenic landscapes take on a whole new flare, and areas like Mammoth, Lamar Valley, and Gardiner come to life with epic ski exploration opportunities. However, while the views are breathtaking, the Northern Range’s true star has to be the wildlife—free-roaming bison, mule deer, pronghorn, wolves, and many other species have been the region’s biggest draw for decades. Yellowstone’s Northern Range truly epitomizes the term wilderness—come and get a taste of the wild!

  • Get lost in Yellowstone snow-capped valleys and picturesque canyons

  • Explore exciting trails and wildlife along the Northern Range

  • Discover one of the largest populations of free-roaming animals in the world

Available itineraries

Yellowstone Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing Sampler

Looking to explore Yellowstone’s legendary wilderness on a tight schedule? This 2-3 hour snow sampler adventure available from December to March is a great way to see what the legendary park has to offer in a quaint and convenient package! Head for a short expedition to the geothermal features and quiet forests near Mammoth Hot Springs, or journey to a section of the Blacktail Plateau packed with local wildlife—the choice is yours!
NOTE: The default meeting location for this tour is the Gardiner/Mammoth area in Yellowstone. Other meeting locations can be booked in our “add-ons” section for an additional location fee.

Yellowstone Half-Day Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing Tour

Experience the stunning sights and unparalleled serenity of Yellowstone’s winter wonderland! Explore Yellowstone’s scenic Northern Range from December to March on a 5-hour skiing or snowshoeing tour suitable for adventurers of all skill levels. Get ready to take on some of northern Yellowstone’s finest routes, such as Gardiner, Mammoth, Lamar Valley, and more.
NOTE: The default meeting location for this tour is the Gardiner/Mammoth area in Yellowstone. Other meeting locations can be booked in our “add-ons” section for an additional location fee.

Yellowstone Full-Day Wildlife Watching and Snowshoeing Tour

Join local biologists and naturalists year-round for a full-day wildlife watching tour in Yellowstone National Park’s richest habitats! Meet Yellowstone’s unique animal life and learn more about the Park’s natural history, ecology, and conservation efforts in the process. Observe wolves, coyotes, foxes, moose, elk, bison, river otters, bighorn sheep, and many other animals as they interact with each other in this breathtaking national park.
NOTE: The default meeting location for this tour is the Gardiner/Mammoth area in Yellowstone. Other meeting locations can be booked in our “add-ons” section for an additional location fee.

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Meet your guides

Cara McGary
Cara McGary
Cara is a qualified biologist (BS in Aquatic Biology and MS in 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 tidepools or snorkeling.
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 interactions with each other and with other species. Claire continues to follow her passion by inviting clients to share the same incredible experiences in Yellowstone that captivated her during her research.
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 in education with her love of the park to help lifelong learners look closely at nature.
Kody Marr
Kody Marr
After visiting Gardiner in 2016, Kody was hooked to this stunning small town and moved out of his home state of Colorado the following summer. He learned to ski when he was really young and now spends his time guiding snow activities during the winter months and fly fishing trips during the summer. When he’s not in the field, you can find him scouting the local mountains for wildlife or traveling the Rockies looking for exotic trout species.
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 all over the world. After graduation, he worked as a park ranger and wildlife educator in Kauai before settling in Yellowstone.
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 hike, or spend a night in the backcountry, they’ll make sure you get the most out of your adventure.
5.00 (3 reviews)
Awesome winter wildlife & activity guide
Marianna C. (source: Tripadvisor)

Our family of six (parents and two young adult couples) spent three different days with Cara on a full-day wildlife tour, a half-day snowshoe tour, and a half-day cross-country ski tour. Having her as our guide made all the difference in our experience of Yellowstone. We had different levels of knowledge about the park, skills with the activities, etc., and she seamlessly adjusted herself to each person. She took us to the right spots, quickly set up and took down scopes, answered our many questions with knowledge and good humor, provided hot drinks and delicious snacks, helped us with rental equipment, was a kind and patient teacher, etc. Honestly, we cannot say enough good about Cara and highly recommend using her as a guide.

Excellent Knowledge and Customer Service
Joseph P. (source: Tripadvisor)

It was a pleasure setting up my tour with Cara. She gave tips not just on the snowshoe excursion but my visit in general. I went out with Mike for two days, to Tower and Mammoth Hot Springs. Both snowshoe trips were very enjoyable. Mike has an incredible depth of knowledge about the geology and the wildlife of Yellowstone. I did a third day on my own, on Blacktail (stunning) but would not have wanted to go out on my own prior to an orientation from Mike. You can tell that these folks really want you to have a good experience. The only downside is that cross country skiing looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Wish I knew how to do it.

THE Cross-country experience
Greg (source: Tripadvisor)

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 ourselves for the duration of our experience. We did a trail around Mammoth Hot Springs inside Yellowstone by the North Entrance. There was a perfect mixture of geysers and fumaroles that you pass by on the trail. Cara has an abundance of knowledge to share with you about each and everyone you pass. The views of the mountains and the park itself are stunning. Cara was more than happy to take pictures and videos of our trip and even offered to record a video of us skiing. At the end of our guided tour with Cara, she treated us to a hot cup of coffee and cocoa by one of the fumaroles. After, Cara gave us the option to do a few more laps of the trail on our own with the rented equipment and only asked us to have them back before the store closed at 5 pm. If you’re new or experienced at cross-country skiing, rest assured this trail is both easy to learn and challenging enough should you seek some excitement. The views are absolutely astounding and Cara is a great guide and instructor.

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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Yellowstone National Park, please refer to Wyoming COVID-19 & Travel Safety Information and Montana’s COVID-19 taskforce’s website.

    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 snowshoeing and cross country skiing adventures:

      • An experienced, certified guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A half-day of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
      • All technical snowshoeing and cross-country skiing equipment 
      • Snacks and hot drinks on the trail
      • Transportation from Gardiner, MT, to the trailhead and back

    What’s not included:

    What you get on the Yellowstone Full-Day Wildlife Watching adventure:

      • An experienced, local naturalist hiking guide or biologist with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Full day of wildlife watching
      • Transportation from Gardiner, MT, or Mammoth, WY
      • High quality spotting scopes and binoculars
      • Lunch, morning snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate

    What’s not included:

  • To enjoy these backcountry adventures, you’ll need to have decent cardiovascular fitness levels. You’ll be cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on varied terrain for 2-8 hours. While cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are full-body workouts and they can be challenging, your guide will help you choose the right terrain for your experience and fitness level.

  • These adventures aren’t just for experienced cross-country skiers and snowshoers, they are also beginner-friendly, meaning anyone with decent physical fitness can participate. If you’re a beginner, you’ll stay on relatively flat and short trails, and your guide will teach you basic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing techniques while you’re enjoying the beauty of the backcountry. For intermediate cross-country skiers and snowshoers, Yellowstone also has plenty of more demanding trails to enjoy.

  • The equipment is provided and included in the price for the short day and half-day snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trips, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you prefer. For technical cross-country skiing and snowshoeing gear, you will need to bring:

      • Cross-country skis, boots, and poles (can be provided by guide)
      • Snowshoes and poles (can be provided by guide)

    For personal items, we recommend bringing:

      • Gloves and hat
      • Sunglasses
      • Light base layers
      • Warm mid-layers
      • Waterproof jacket
      • Waterproof boots that come up over your ankles
      • Closed-toe footwear with slip-resistant soles for wildlife watching tour
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder with at least 2L of water
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Camera — optional
  • Group sizes and pricing:

      • For these adventures, the max client-to-guide ratio is 6:1. All prices are per person.
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to ski, snowshoe, or watch wildlife with friends and family.
      • If you wish to book multi-day wildlife watching tours, the price of the desired wildlife watching itinerary above will be multiplied by the number of days. 

    Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and watching wildlife 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 as young as 7 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

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

  • To get to Yellowstone National Park, most people fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport 2.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car to get to Yellowstone National Park.

    For the cross country and snowshoeing adventures, once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s in Gardiner, MT, or a predetermined location.

    For the wildlife watching adventure, you’ll be able to choose one of the following meeting locations: Gardiner/Mammoth, Tower/Roosevelt Junction, Lamar Valley, Norris Junction, or Canyon Village.

    While transportation from Gardiner, MT, or Mammoth, WY, is included in the price for the wildlife watching adventure, pick-up at locations other than Gardiner/Mammoth incur an extra guide travel fee between $75 and $125 depending on the distance. In the winter, Norris and Canyon are not accessible.

    The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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