Backcountry Safaris has an amazing team of knowledgeable wildlife biologists that guide our tours. They possess a deep understanding of the wildlife, ecology, geology, and natural history of Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. When it comes to guiding, however, it takes more than just knowledge to bring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, part of one of the largest intact mountain ecosystems in the world, alive. Enthusiasm, passion, and the perception to tailor each safari tour to the varying needs and interests of our guests are a few of the many qualities that set our guides apart from the rest. Each guide brings their own unique personality and experience to our safaris to make your trip personal and truly one of a kind. Whether you are touring the vibrant geo-thermal features of Yellowstone National Park, searching for moose along the Gros Ventre River, or enjoying the beautiful landscape of Jackson Hole, our guides will provide you with a travel experience you will never forget!

Chelse Grohman

Chelse Grohman

Chelse Grohman graduated from Lake Superior State University with a bachelor degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. She worked for five years with a toxicology research team studying the effects of various chemicals on the environment. Song birds are her specialty but she has gained a vast amount of knowledge about the wildlife and ecosystem of the area in the two years she has lived in Jackson Hole. In her spare time she loves to explore the valley through skiing, biking, and trail running.

Erin Hannelly

Erin Hannelly

Erin has her Master of Science in Biology from Humboldt State University and her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon. She grew up in Dubois, Wyoming, a small western town nestled between the Wind River and Absaroka Mountains and has always been interested in natural history.  She has worked with several different plants and animals in various remote places around the world and returned to her home in northwest Wyoming in 2008. For two summers she monitored amphibian populations in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. She has worked on and off as a teacher and views this role as a chance to engage people in the natural world and spark progressive thought and discussion about conservation.  When she is not working in the field or classroom she can be found

Michelle Jorgensen

Michelle Jorgensen

Michelle graduated from the University of Idaho with a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Environmental Communications. She developed her interest of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through two summers of research and fieldwork, where she worked as a river ranger on the South Fork of the Snake River. When she is not guiding tours, Michelle works as a park ranger at Harriman State Park of Idaho. In her downtime, Michelle enjoys road trips through the deserts of Wyoming, horseback riding, fly fishing, and exploring with her dog, Jackson.

Patrick Erwin

Patrick Erwin

Patrick Erwin has been living throughout the Rocky Mountains for the last 8 years since finishing school at Texas Tech University. Years of exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as a sportsman, naturalist, and videographer have yielded a wealth of local knowledge and a deep adoration of the area, which he is passionate about sharing with visitors. Always eager to be outdoors, Patrick spends his free time skiing, hiking, fishing and mountain biking.

Gina Edwards

Gina graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology with a concentration in Conservation Biology. She first began studying the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem during a summer course through the Wild Rockies Field Institute, where she worked on a restoration project restoring Arctic Grayling habitat in the Centennial Valley. After graduating, Gina moved to Jackson and has been teaching others about this amazing ecosystem ever since. Outside work, she is a passionate rock climber, trail runner, and outdoor adventurer.

Cody Downard

Cody Downard

Cody grew up outside the small town of Eureka, Kansas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Park and Natural Resource Management from Kansas State University, then moved to the Rocky Mountains where he has lived since 1996. After college, while working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park, Cody’s love for nature inspired his photography. Cody now lives in Jackson Hole where he guides tours of the incredible Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, and continues to photograph nature. When not out guiding or shooting he can be found mountain biking, nordic skiing, paddleboarding, fly fishing, climbing, hiking or drinking coffee with his wife Colleen.

Bradley Parker

Bradley Parker

Bradley studied ecology at Central Washington University and has been exploring nature all over the world ever since. He has spent many days amongst the forests, rivers and mountains of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. His love of this incredible natural treasure is easily interpreted and infectious. While he is a good source of information on the regions geography and geology; ecology is his true fascination. An avid sportsman and naturalist, Bradley spends the majority of his free time fishing, skiing, trail running, and mountaineering in the Tetons.

Gus Pierce

Gus Pierce

Gus is a true Wyoming native who was born and raised in Jackson Hole. Gus graduated from Hobart and William Smith University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. Gus has spent as much time as possible exploring the Tetons and Greater Yellowstone Region. He enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing and long treks through the Tetons. He is an avid skier in the winter and is always on the search for the perfect run.