Featured Trip

Canyons of Utah: Zion & Bryce

  • November 6th to 11th, 2017
  • $2795

Discover the heart of canyon country through your lens on this photographic excursion into Zion and Bryce National Parks. We’ll explore the delicate and colorful slot canyons of Zion National Park as well as the ancient weather-worn hoodoo rock formations of Bryce Canyon. We’ve timed this excursion to coincide with the brilliant Autumn foliage change within Zion Canyon in the Fall. Russ has been hiking & photographing in Southern Utah for well over a decade and has designed this itinerary to arrive at just the right moment for ideal lighting conditions and photographic opportunities. Click here for more info!

Yellowstone National Park

Spring Comes to Yellowstone

  • May 6th to 12th, 2017
  • May 12th to 18th, 2017 (sold out)
  • $2725

Come explore and photograph the vibrant landscapes & thriving wildlife populations of Yellowstone in the Spring. Many species of wildlife are calving this time of year such as Elk, Bison and Pronghorn. You will have the opportunity to photograph these incredible creatures as well as the possibility of seeing Wolves, Bears, Moose, Bald Eagles, Fox, Osprey and more. Click here for details.

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Historic Lodges of Zion & Bryce

One of the best parts about my job is getting to travel all over the place and experience not only the natural and wild beauty of the world but also some of the most interested lodges and hotel properties. When putting together new trip itineraries I spend quite a bit of time exploring local accommodations […]

Photography Tours & Workshops

Photo: BCJ Owner & Photo Guide Russ Nordstrand

“Backcountry Journeys offers an incredible selection of both Lodge-Based and Wilderness Camping Photography Tours & Workshops. My trips offer guests the unique opportunity to explore our natural world from behind their own lens with landscape and wildlife photography being the focus. I run a selection of hand-crafted Photo Tour & Workshop itineraries with locales varying from year to year. Destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, Yellowstone, the Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier National Park, Yosemite & the Canyons of Utah. New trips and itineraries are being added all the time so check back often!”

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Daily Hawk-tography

Backcountry Journeys offers daily “Hawktography” tours in Flagstaff, Arizona. These three hours sessions focus solely on photographing high quality images of wild Red-Tailed Hawks in their native habitat. Click for details!

Art Exhibits

I regularly feature my work at both juried and private Art Exhibits around the country and at various gallery showings. For more information on where I will be displaying my photography or to learn more about purchasing Fine Art Prints please click here.

Upcoming Tour Destinations

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Wildlife of Costa Rica

Join us in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula this winter and photograph a bewildering array of birds, monkeys, sloths, cats, dart-frogs and more! Based out of a deluxe, modern eco-lodge known for it’s local population of Scarlet Macaws!

  • February 18th to 24th, 2018
  • $3495

Spring Comes to Yellowstone

Spring Comes to Yellowstone

Explore and photograph the vibrant landscapes & thriving wildlife populations of Yellowstone in the Spring. Many species of wildlife are calving this time of year such as Elk, Bison and Pronghorn. You will have the opportunity to photograph these incredible creatures as well as the possibility of seeing Wolves, Bears, Moose, Bald Eagles, Fox, Osprey and more.

  • May 6th to 12th, 2017
  • May 12th to 18th, 2017 (Sold Out)
  • $2725

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