Nataly was born in sunny Southern California where her first exposure to our National Parks began on camping trips with her family amongst Giants in Sequoia National Park. While spending three years studying Zoology in Moorpark, California, she took a summer job in Yosemite that would change her life forever. She then decided to let the natural world become her teacher, to study and learn about the wild flora and fauna, taking to the trails to surround herself with the thriving ecosystems that make our National Parks so spectacular! She has spent most of her summers leading hikes and backpacking trips in Glacier National Park and& snow coach guiding around Yellowstone in the winters. She loves expressing her passion for the outdoors with her guests and sharing experiences that will bond them to this wildness forever.
When she is not guiding trips she is most likely in the backcountry somewhere, climbing, hiking, skiing, biking, and spending a lot of days on the road visiting our sacred parks & wild places, enjoying time around a crackling fire, eating good food, reading a book & planning her next adventure.
What’s your favorite hike?
Probably the hardest question I’ve ever been asked. I’ll have to say it’s a tie between the summit of Vogelsang Peak in Yosemite National Park and the summit of Mt. Siyeh in Glacier National Park. I love high places and scrambling on all fours to get up to a stellar view!
What’s your favorite bike ride?
Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier!
Anything by John Hughes and Quentin Tarantino
I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Any song I can sing at the top of my lungs on the road! Currently; Wild West Hero by Electric Light Orchestra, If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow, & Island In The Sun by Weezer.
When did you first catch the travel bug?
The summer of 2001 stands out the most to me. I was 7 years old and my parents planned this summer-long road trip through Mexico. I would never forget meeting extended family all over the country, getting in touch with my roots, whilst listening to my dad’s stories of his outdoor experiences including climbing up Iztaccihuatl volcano! I definitely see where I get my adventurous, wild heart from.
What are your hobbies?
During the off-season, I enjoy going on the road with my partner to different western states, visiting family and friends all over.