2020 WINTER IN YELLOWSTONE PHOTO TOUR
January 21-27, 2020
Yellowstone is an extraordinary place, but perhaps even more so in the wintertime. The diversity of both wildlife and landscapes make this a premier destination for nature photographers. When deep snows and icy temps grip the region, many of the park's animals migrate out of the backcountry and into the lower elevation areas, where it is warmer and more hospitable. The never-ending steam from geysers and other geothermal areas fills the atmosphere with plumes of white clouds, creating a stark contrast against the snowy landscape, and turning the trees into ghostly statues in this ethereal world of wonder. Under this thick blanket of snow, the heart of Yellowstone beats loudly, and the landscape is teeming with the incredible sights and sounds of nature. Bison trudge through the deep snowpack, moose and elk browse in glistening meadows, coyotes and foxes dive head first into the snow looking for rodents, wolves trot across wide open valleys, bald eagles and bobcats patrol the river's edge, looking for their next meal. During Yellowstone's infamous winters, it's all about survival for these animals.
Of the 5 full days of photography allotted for this adventure, we will dedicate all 5 of those days traveling by snow coach into the heart of Yellowstone, through some of the most productive areas in the park for winter wildlife, as well as the endless landscape opportunities that exist here. Along the way, we will have countless opportunities for scenic snowscapes, "ghost trees", steaming geysers, frozen waterfalls, and numerous species of wildlife, including but not limited to red foxes, bison, gray wolves, bald eagles, elk, river otters, ermine, trumpeter swans, coyotes, and possibly even bobcats.
Join me on this incredible journey into one of the most wondrous places on earth, Yellowstone in winter, and experience the magic for yourself!
Some of the highlights of this tour include:
Five full days spent in the vast interior of the park, via a specially chartered snow coach. Snow coaches are comfortable four-wheel drive track-converted vehicles.
Opportunities for both wildlife and landscape photography in one of the world's most sought-out destinations.
Opportunities to explore the geyser basins by foot.
See and photograph Yellowstone with a local, experienced guide.
Personalized, in-field instruction from a professional nature photographer
Opportunities for post-processing workflow instruction with Lightroom and Photoshop
Unique tips and techniques to capture better images
Group size is limited to 4 participants for a more personalized experience.
Tuesday, January 21 (Day 1): Pick up in Bozeman, Arrival in West Yellowstone
Today we'll pick you up via group shuttle and transport you to Yellowstone National Park. Pick up is scheduled for early afternoon, so be sure to arrive in Bozeman either Monday night or Tuesday morning. From Bozeman, we make the hour-and-a-half drive south through the scenic Gallatin Canyon to West Yellowstone, Montana, and Yellowstone National Park. Our arrival will give us an opportunity to check into our lodging before gathering for a group dinner and orientation that evening.
West Yellowstone, 6 Nights
Wednesday, January 22 through Sunday, January 26: Yellowstone’s Interior
We will spend the next five days canvasing the vast, snowy interior of the park. Our specific destinations each day will be based on wildlife activity, weather, and light. Expect numerous opportunities for wildlife including, but not limited to, red foxes hunting and bison covered in hoar frost. We will also have plenty of opportunities to photograph spectacular snow-covered landscapes, in a place where cold mornings and steaming thermals create unique and otherworldly conditions.
Monday, January 27 (Day 7): Return to Bozeman
We pack up to leave today, returning to Bozeman by late morning for flights home.
$5295 per person, based on double occupancy
Single Supplement Fee: Add $270 pp (Billed Separately)
A 25% deposit is required to reserve your spot.
The 2020 Winter Photography Tour is limited to a maximum of 4 participants. (FULL!)
Tour Prices Include:
Lodging in West Yellowstone during the tour
Transportation from and to Bozeman at the start and end of the trip via a group shuttle
Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunches, as well as welcome dinner on first night
Guides and Drivers
Snow Coach Fees
Park Entrance Fees
Taxes on all services
Tour Prices DO NOT Include:
Airfare to/from Bozeman
Lodging in Bozeman before/after the tour
Transportation to the park from Bozeman if you miss the shuttle
Gratuity for Guides and Drivers
Single supplement fee listed above
Dinners, except for welcome dinner on first night
Additional snacks, alcohol and other food not provided with breakfast or lunch
The itinerary listed above is subject to change, due to unpredictable weather or other factors.
The majority of our park exploration during the winter tour takes place in a vehicle. In the winter, many photo opportunities in Yellowstone take place close to the roads. However, during our visit to thermal areas, we will be exploring on foot using the boardwalks and trails. Tour participants should feel comfortable carrying their photo gear on these short excursions.
Deposits are refundable up to 90 days prior to the start of the tour, minus a $250 administrative fee. Within 90 days, deposits will not be refunded unless your spot is taken by another client and the tour sells out. To view our complete cancellation policy, please see our FAQ at the bottom of this page.
Your balance is due 90 days prior to the start of the tour. Failure to pay the balance in full will lead us to invite the next person on the waiting list.
Full payment is due up front if booked 90 days or less in advance of the tour.
Payments may be made via Paypal, Credit Card (website only), and Personal Check. We must wait for checks to clear before considering tour slots reserved or filled.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour for any reason, including but not limited to a lack of participants. In such a case, your full deposit will be refunded. However, we are not responsible for any additional expenses incurred.
*Zack Clothier is an officially licensed Yellowstone tour operator.
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