from Silver Gate/Cooke City, MT

"Immerse yourselves in the Yellowstone wonders and for a time, everything else falls away."

~ Audra, Founder of Lamar Valley Touring

Meet our Team of Local Experts

Audra Conklin Taylor - Founder and Naturalist Guide

Environmentalist, wildlife advocate and tour professional, Audra came to Montana in 2014 after selling her non-toxic product company on the East Coast. What was supposed to be a “brief hiatus” has turned into seven years of unexpected and enchanting events that led to immersing herself into all things “Yellowstone” as a researcher, educator and guide. She is Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certified, is a graduate of the International Guide Academy and Leave No Trace Certified.

In addition to Lamar Valley Touring, Audra leads Grandparent/Grandchildren trips for Road Scholar and Student Trips for Global Travel Alliance. She has had the pleasure of working with people from ages 2-92 from all over the world and believes that, “Every person should visit Yellowstone at least once in their lifetime and it’s my heartfelt joy when I can be a part of their experience.”

Audra lives two miles outside of the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park with her husband, Don and their rescue dog, Kola.


Claire Lacey - Biologist and Wolf Expert

Born and raised in Alaska, 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. Her curiosity prompted a three year, self-directed undergraduate research project, which she finished in 2020 while earning her Bachelor of Science in Fish & Wildlife Ecology and Management from Montana State University. She has spent hundreds of hours watching wolves and studying their interactions with each other and with other species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. As a CPR-certified tour professional, Claire continues to follow her passion by inviting clients to share the same incredible experiences in Yellowstone that captivated her three years ago. Along with guiding for Lamar Valley Touring, she plans to attend graduate school and eventually earn her doctorate with a focus on social behavior in carnivores.


Hunter Graham - Tracker and Photographer

Hunter grew up alternating between Silver Gate and Red Lodge, Montana, guiding and exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. At sixteen, he started leading backcountry horseback trips and sightseeing tours as a guide for his family's outfitting business. He attended high school in Red Lodge, MT where he became a strong skier and backpacker and went on to get a degree in photography from Montana State University in Bozeman. Spending countless hours in every season photographing wildlife in the area, Hunter has developed an intimate knowledge of the terrain as well as excellent tracking and spotting skills. Being a “true” local Montanan, he recognizes the importance of respecting the wildlife that also call the region home and takes pride in always practicing ethics in the field when photographing.

Reviews

“Audra was highly knowledgeable, thorough, and knew the expert areas and methods to spot wildlife from wolves to badgers!! My child had a wildlife, history, and locale lesson right on the open plains of Wyoming. I highly recommend her special expertise, teaching for children, and client-orientated experience. Best tour we ever had!!”

-- Pamela C.

“With an introduction from our great guide, Claire, we got to be part of the group and see 2 packs of wolves which were the main goal of our trip. We also saw fox, coyote, bison, elk, and moose. Claire answered all our questions and provided lots of great info, including advice for hikes on our own. Audra was wonderful to work with to make sure we were prepared and tailored the tour, advice, and snacks for our needs (including food allergies). This tour really made sure that we got the most out of our visit. Thank you so much Claire & Audra!!”

-- Kristi B.

“Yellowstone is so vast and we decided to hire a guide to focus on the Lamar Valley. Audra and her assistant, Hunter were ideal for our trip. We devoted three days to photographing moose, eagles, cutthroat trout, bears, wolves and lots of buffalo. We captured more in three days than most visitors see in an entire summer. Thank you Audra and Hunter!”

-- Paul and Maddisyn S.
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