Spring Comes to Yellowstone & Grand Teton

Come explore and photograph the vibrant landscapes & thriving wildlife populations of Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks 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.

Yellowstone in known as the Serengeti of the West and for good reason. At the time of this writing over 4,900 Bison roamed the park, 95 Wolves, 834 Grizzly Bears as well as thousands of Elk plus Big Horn Sheep and Moose. There are 67 species of mammal living within the park as well as about 300 species of bird. Lamar and Hayden Valley’s teem with wildlife during the springtime and the opportunities to learn how to properly photograph these creatures during a Yellowstone Sundown or a Teton sunrise is absolutely spectacular.

Your instructor on this workshop has been guiding, hiking and photographing Yellowstone & the Tetons extensively for the past several years and can show you areas of these parks and wildlife spots that most people will easily miss. Russ has hiked thousands of miles in Yellowstone and has photographed all corners of the Tetons, including some which are considered the most remote regions of the lower 48 states. You’ll get to photograph the best spots in the parks during the exact right lighting conditions.

Yellowstone is the World’s first national park and the Tetons may be the most beautiful! Aside from countless wildlife opportunities they are both full of beautiful mountain landscapes and Yellowstone contains over 10,000 thermal features including over half of the world’s known geysers. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph Old Faithful, hike to Lone Star Geyser, search for Grizzly Bears in the Tetons and photograph the rising sun as it illuminates the mountains from Oxbow Bend.

We will be staying in quaint Jackson Hole, West Yellowstone & near Yellowstone’s Northern Range for close access to Lamar Valley. Each day we will explore the parks via foot and vehicle to the best wildlife and landscape photography spots. We will visit the iconic locales such as Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, Grand Prismatic, Old Faithful and Lower Falls but also seek out dramatic vistas teeming with mountain wildflowers. This is an excellent to visit the World’s First National Park and Photograph its wonders alongside a professional photographer who will be your guide and instructor for the duration of the trip.

Join us in Yellowstone & Grand Teton National parks this Spring for the trip of a lifetime and leave with a plethora of excellent new images for your portfolio!


Please note: We are excited to offer both a standard and “hiker” version of this trip for photographers who like to get out and hike! Not sure which one suits you best? Give us a call at or fill out the contact form below!

Highlights

  • Two of America’s most iconic National Parks in one trip!
  • Photograph newborn wildlife
  • Bears, Coyotes, Moose, Elk, Bald Eagles & possibly Wolves
  • Photograph iconic spots such as Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic & the Tetons
  • Cozy lodges
  • Learn from & shoot alongside a seasoned pro

Spring Comes to Yellowstone & Grand Teton

8 Days

$4295

Deposit: $2000

Meals: Most meals from dnner day 1 through breakfast day 8

Lodging: 7 nights lodging

Start/End: Jackson, Wyoming

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST


*trip difficulty ratings

2018 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
May 4th to 11th, 2018 2-3 (Hiker) Open
May 13th to 20th, 2018 1 Open

2019 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
May 4th to 11th, 2019 2-3 (Hiker) Open
May 12th to 19th, 2019 1 Open

*Backcountry Journeys is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service

Details

Physical Requirements (for “hiker” trips)
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a daypack up to seven miles per day.

Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

Accommodation
We will be staying in cozy lodges just outside Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks.

Meals

All meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at park lodges in the evening as well as a hand picked local restaurants. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.

Weather

Expect warm pleasant days with cold mornings and nights. The weather can prove unpredictable in the Northern Rockies and can change on a moments notice. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Meals, ground transportation, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities

Itinerary

Please note: We offer both a standard and “hiker” version of this trip for photographers who like to get out and hike! Not sure which one suits you best? Give us a call at or fill out the contact form below!

Day 1

Arrive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming by 6 pm for a trip orientation as well as a fantastic meet and greet dinner. We’ll go over camera gear and itinerary. Our hotel has a complimentary airport shuttle.

Day 2

This morning we will arise early as we set out to photograph the Teton Range before sunrise at one of the iconic locations. Later we’ll grab breakfast in town and then cruise for wildlife.

“Hiker” Itinerary: 2-4 miles, minimal elevation gain

Day 3

We’ll arise early again to photograph the Tetons from another location before heading back to our lodge, grabbing a quick breakfast and then making the drive up through Grand Teton National Park towards Yellowstone. This evening we will photograph Geyser Hill as well as Old Faithful.

“Hiker” Itinerary: 2-4 miles, minimal elevation gain

Day 4

Our morning shoot will be at Grand Prismatic and the Midway Geyser Basin. We’ll have an opportunity to photograph several different geothermal areas including Black Sand Basin and the Fountain Paint Pots. Today we will do a hike out to an impressive Geyser Field and a beautiful mountain waterfall. This evening we will explore the Firehole and Madison River areas looking for wildlife.

“Hiker” Itinerary: 4-7 miles, minimal elevation gain

Day 5

Today we’ll hike to Lone Star Geyser then pack up and head out to Lamar Valley for wildlife viewing. We’ll spend the night in a cozy lodge on the Northern side of the park which will give us ample access to the wildlife in Lamar.

“Hiker” Itinerary: 5.4 miles, minimal elevation gain and loss

Day 6

This morning we will rise early in search of wildlife and then go checkout the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We will take a siesta and then head out to Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing this evening.

“Hiker” Itinerary: 1-3 miles, 300 feet elevation gain and loss (Hiker Trip Only)

Day 7

We’ll do some wildlife viewing in the morning before making our way back towards Grand Teton National Park. We’ll celebrate a fantastic trip in downtown Jackson Hole on our last night.

“Hiker” Itinerary: Minimal Hiking

Day 8

We will do one more morning shoot of the Teton Range before saying good-bye. Flights home out of Jackson Hole can be arranged any time after 11am.

Please Note

Please note that the exact sequence of the itineraries on all photography trips will be based on weather and lighting conditions. The goal on these trips is to make sure we are at the right place at the right time for the perfect light on our subjects. Also, itineraries can change for a variety of other circumstances including floods, forest fires, national park closures, road closures and more.

“Russ and his wife Crystal led us on the most amazing Yellowstone journey! They both are extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife, flora and fauna, landscape, history, geology, and more! Their passion for their work was very evident! We saw nearly every example of wildlife in the park – grizzly bears w/ cubs, black bear w/ cubs, wolves, coyotes, fox, marmots, ground squirrels, elk, bison, osprey, eagles, deer: I think we saw it all. The wildlife was paired with stunning landscape views! Everything we did was so very well executed – the food, travel, lodging, and the people in our group were fantastic! I will most certainly be planning to attend one of their tours in the near future! This journey was above and beyond all expectations!”

Amy SBoston, MA

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