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Yellowstone Guided Tours

Experienced, local guides connecting travelers to fun, meaningful Yellowstone Tours

Yellowstone is vast and complex.
Our private guided Yellowstone tours are right for you if...

You're a traveler yearning for more than just a 'tour'.

You want to take the guesswork out of Yellowstone trip planning.

You want to travel with ​the most experienced, passionate, fun, local guides in Yellowstone, true storytellers knowledgeable in every facet of Yellowstone's wildlife, geology and history.

You seek a more meaningful experience, and deeper connection with your national park. 

You want your vacation to be fun!

  We share our intimate knowledge of the landscape--informed by our lives living, playing and learning in Yellowstone--and help you create an extraordinary visit to Yellowstone!   

Our Yellowstone Guided Tours

Wolf on a Rock at Yellowstone

Our most popular Yellowstone tour! We bring powerful optics, intimate knowledge of the landscape, the latest science, and engaging stories. You bring curiosity and a sense of wonder as we explore North America's premier wildlife habitat in Lamar Valley, searching for Yellowstone's bears, wolves, bison, elk and other wildlife. 

Yellowstone Landscape and Wildlife

Want to do Yellowstone in a day? Treat yourself to Yellowstone's Grand Loop tour! Experience a full day of wildlife, Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and other park highlights. Put Yellowstone into perspective, engaging in this enormous ecosystem layered with history, geology, human culture and an abundance of wildlife--and have a fun time doing it!

Two People in a field on a Yellowstone Guided Tour

An immersive experience in one of the most intact ecosystems in the world.  Choose a shorter meander combined with other Yellowstone tour packages, OR a more active, full-day Yellowstone backcountry hiking experience! Explore areas of Yellowstone just a fraction of visitors get to experience!

A Family of 3 Hiking Yellowstone

We love offering kid-friendly Yellowstone tour packages for families! We can translate science in a fun, meaningful way for people of all ages. Traveling to Yellowstone with kids can be daunting. We set out with a sense of exploration and wonder, connecting Yellowstone families of all ages to an enduring appreciation for public lands, wild spaces and the natural world. And we have a ton of fun doing it!

Waterfall at Yellowstone

Stopping at Yellowstone's geysers and hot springs along the way, we'll journey to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to feel the throb of erosion in action atop the world's largest active volcano. Join an expert-led tour of the park's volcanic landscapes, stopping at several waterfalls and looking for wildlife along our route. 

A Group Photographers Taking Pictures Yellowstone

Not seeing exactly what you have in mind? We'll take the guess work out of your vacation or field trip planning by designing your time in Yellowstone together. We can complement an existing educational program or design your program from the ground up, expanding on our Yellowstone tour packages. Prices are dependent on services. Please inquire about details.

Bison in The Snow at Yellowstone

The hushed, frozen winter wonderland could be our favorite time of year. Visit Yellowstone in winter and you’ll encounter a brilliant white canvas on which to observe animals and birds surviving in a harsh climate. For a more active day, incorporate a snowshoe or cross-country ski to experience a dazzling version of Yellowstone few have the opportunity to enjoy!

​About Our Yellowstone Guided Tours

Visiting Yellowstone is an investment.

You can drive through Yellowstone on your own, but the rich and varied history, geology, flora and wildlife deserve an experienced storyteller to come alive. At nearly 3500 square miles, we help you create context and avoid crowds. We can combine or customize any of our Yellowstone day tours to suit your group's interests and activity levels.

No two days are ever the same! 

We adhere to Leave No Trace principles, emphasizing a light footprint and respect for the wilderness we are visiting.

We pride ourselves on science-based, place-based, outdoor education catering to private groups, families, students, Scouts, youth groups, university programs, virtual travelers, and all those seeking a deeper understanding and connection to the natural world.  

We offer guided tours from our home in Gardiner, MT, at the North Entrance of Yellowstone, other locations throughout the park, and virtually.

Ashea Mills, Owner of Walking Shadow Ecology Tours

Walking Shadow Ecology Tours of Yellowstone is a true local experience. Owner Ashea Mills has has lived and guided in Yellowstone for over 25 years. We offer not only what you can see in a day, but an opportunity to join us for 'a day in the life' as we share our backyard with you.

We are on Native homelands

We gratefully share the traditional homelands of at least 50 Native American Indian nations who have connections to the land Yellowstone Park sits on. By including their history and presence in our interpretation, we hope to create and amplify relationships and a deeper understanding of this land. We share whose homelands we are on to remind us of our 11,000 year human history, taking part in restoring the presence of the diverse voices who have enduring connections with Yellowstone.

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