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Yellowstone Winter Photography Tour with Nature Photography Adventures

January 10-16, 2016 - Space Available
January 17-23, 2016 - Full

Yellowstone in Winter is a photographers' paradise and we will once again offer our Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari, an adventure designed to maximize nature photography opportunities - with a focus on wildlife, winter, and the thermal features that make Yellowstone famous.

Crystalline snow sparkles in the winter sun as a foreground to magificent waterfalls, steamy geysers, and stately wildlife. Hoar and rime frost outline trees and shrubs near many of the hot pools.

See our images from past Yellowstone Winter Photography Safaris!

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Bison wander the valleys and geyser basins. And there are fewer people in the park. We love the photographic opportunities and the sense of adventure while traveling in snow coaches.

Join a small group of avid photographers and nature buffs as we travel over the snow on Yellowstone's roads in snow coaches to see wildlife such as elk, bison, eagles, and coyotes. We will be guided by licensed and permitted guides from Buffalo Bus Touring Company who are both skilled at getting us through the challenges of winter and teaching us about the natural history of the park.

We'll vist geyser basins covered with snow and ice to watch eruptions and marvel at beautiful hot springs. We'll compose landscapes and capture intricate macro images in this varied environment.

We'll peer into canyons at Yellowstone's magnificent waterfalls,
cascading among snow and ice.

Winter can create varied light conditions - from bright direct sun to heavy overcast with falling snow. We've endured bitter cold and heavy snow. But the reward has always been some breathtaking moments when you can't possibly create images as fast as your eyes find them.

This is not an "if it's Tuesday it must be Old Faithful" kind of safari.

Each day as we head out on safari, we'll start with a blank slate. We'll call on our years of experience in Yellowstone, current weather conditions, recent wildlife sightings, and our talented guide to "make the call" on where to go and what to explore.

We will, over our five days of snow coach travel, find a balance of wildlife, scenery, thermal features, and macro opportunities. We'll work hard to get to great places in great light - check out the gallery above to verify that we have consistently delivered that over the past years. We have plenty of room for you and your gear in the coach!

  • 1 photography guide/six participants
  • Five full days of guided snow coach outings inside Yellowstone National Park
  • Cost includes all lodging, guided outings, van transportation, service charges, and preparation materials
  • Cost includes breakfasts, field lunches, welcome and final night dinners
  • Cost includes round trip group transportation from the Bozeman, Montana airport (you'll need to arrange your arrival time to meet a schedule). You can also drive directly to West Yellowstone (roads are kept open year round).
  • Participants must be in good health, capable of walking and carrying photography gear over ice and through snow, and be willing to try new things.
  • Minimum enrollment = 5
  • Maximum enrollment = 12 - 6 participants, 1 photo guide, and a driver/guide in a 14 passenger vehicle - room for you and your equipment)
  • We will send you materials to help prepare yourself and your camera gear for this winter adventure
  • To join the safari, or ask questions, click here

What Makes our Yellowstone Winter Photography Safari Better?

  • We have 1 photographer guide for each 6 participants
  • We have been photographing in Yellowstone for more than 20 years - in all seasons - and we know what works, where, in each weather situation
  • We follow a flexible schedule - seizing opportunities presented by weather and willdlife action.
  • We balance our photography time among wildlife, waterfalls, thermal features, winter scenery/landscapes, and close-up photography.
  • Our destinations include Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin, Biscuit Basin, Black Sand Basin, Midway Geyser Basin, Lower Geyser Basin, Norris Geyser Basin, Canyon, Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls, Gibbon Falls, Firehole Falls and the Madison River Canyon.
  • We are first in the park in the morning and wildlife and dramatic scenery start right away.
  • You will not be crowded in our vehicles!

A complete preparation mailing will be sent to those who sign up for the program.

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Feb 11-23

Feb 23-28

Our Extended Itinerary featuring 13 days in the Galapagos! This itinerary is to die for - or evolve from! Life changing experiences and many many great photography opportunities.
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Wild Bunch
on the Inca Trail

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Argentina High Desert Photography Adventure

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2017 18-Day Galapagos Photography

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