Yellowstone & Grand Teton in Autumn

As the leaves begin to change and the air temperatures drop below freezing at night – the greater Yellowstone Region comes to life in a kaleidascope of colors. Join me for an incredible eight day lodge-based photography tour of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks during the Autumn months. Crowds are gone at this point, many species of wildlife become very active as they move from the surrounding mountains into Yellowstone’s lower Northern Range and Teton Valley. This is really a great time to photograph the adjoining National Parks.

Each day we will arise early to seek out wildlife such as Wolves, Bears, Bighorn sheep, Bison, Moose & Elk. We’ve spent years exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and will show you some of the best and lesser known spots to photograph wildlife as well as breathtaking landscapes. We’ll explore the better-known spots such as Old Faithful, Oxbow Bend and Artists Point as well as some lesser known locales that are off thebeaten path. Did I mention the tourists are mostly gone this time of year!? Fall is such a wonderful time in the Northern Rockies – there is a chilly bite to the morning air when the hot steam from Thermal Features appears more evident and the autumn colors begin to brighten the landscape with their foliage. Days are typically still warm however although there is usually a good mix of storm activity which can make for excellent photography conditions.
Join Backcountry Journeys this year for a Photography Tour of Yellowstone & Grand Teton in the Autumn months!


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 928-478-1521 or fill out the contact form below!

Highlights

  • Two of America’s most iconic National Parks
  • Photograph thermal features such as Old Faithful & Lone Star Geyser
  • Fantastic wildlife opportunities to photograph Elk, Bison, Moose, Bear, Coyote & more
  • Small Groups
  • Cozy lodges in Jackson Hole & just outside Yellowstone Park
  • All-Inclusive Trip, including top-notch meals
  • Learn from & shoot alongside a seasoned pro

Yellowstone & Grand Teton in Autumn

8 Days

$4295

+$550 Single Occupancy

Deposit: $1000

Fitness Level: Moderate – “Some hikes on dirt trails in Yellowstone.”

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

Lodging: 7 nights lodging

Start/End: Bozeman, Montana

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST


*trip difficulty ratings

2019 Departures

Lodge-Based: $4295

Dates Difficulty Availability
Sept 22nd to 29th, 2019 2-3 (Hiker) 4 spots left
Sept 30th to Oct 7th, 2019 1 4 spots left

2020 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
Sept 20th to 27th, 2020 1 Open
Sept 28th to Oct 5th, 2020 2-3 (Hiker) 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.

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 as well as Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Meals

Most meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at our 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
Most 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

Travel Details

This trip begins and ends in Bozeman, Montana

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 928-478-1521 or fill out the contact form below!


Day One (Travel day)

“Standard” Itinerary, and “Hiker” Itinerary
Arrive in Bozeman, Montana 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 Two

“Hiker” Itinerary: Hiking mileage 5.4 miles minimal elevation gain

This morning we will make our way down through Mammoth Hot Springs en route to a hike to Lone Star Geyser. Along the way we will search for wildlife. Lone Star Geyser is one of the most unique features in Yellowstone and has spectacular, fairly predictable eruptions.

“Standard” Itinerary

This morning we will explore Mammoth Hot Springs and search for wildlife along Yellowstone’s Northern Range. There are ample opportunities for fantastic wildlife and landscape images along the Gibbon River and the in upper Geyser Basins.

This evening we will photograph Geyser Hill where (time permitting) we will walk the boardwalk and attempt to catch a lesser known geyser eruption. We will visit the historic Old Faithful Lodge as well as the famous Old Faithful Geyser itself.

Day Three

“Hiker” Itinerary: Hiking mileage: 4-7 miles, 200 ft elevation gain

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.

“Standard” Itinerary: Total walking about 1.5 miles in short stints along boardwalks.

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. This evening we will explore the Firehole and Madison River areas looking for wildlife.

Day Four

“Hiker” Itinerary: Hiking mileage: 1-3 miles, 300 feet elevation gain

This morning we will rise early in search of wildlife then visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We will photograph Yellowstone’s lower falls from many angles. There are several shorts hikes that we can attempt in the canyon area. On our way to the Tetons we will explore Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing and then make our way past Lake Yellowstone.

This evening we will setup for some dramating back-lighting and the sun sets behind the Teton Range! After dark we will settle into our accommodations and go out for a fantastic dinner in Jackson Hole!

Standard” Itinerary:

This morning we will rise early in search of wildlife then visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We will explore Hayden Valley for wildlife viewing and then make our way to Grand Teton National Park for our evening shoot.

This evening we will setup for some dramating back-lighting and the sun sets behind the Teton Range! After dark we will settle into our accommodations and go out for a fantastic dinner in Jackson Hole!

Day Five

“Standard” Itinerary, and “Hiker” Itinerary

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.

We’ll take a midday break to rest and go over photos and then head back into Grand Teton National Park for more wildlife and mountain photography this evening.

Day Six

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

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 back towards Yellowstone. We’ll hike one of the geyser basins en-route and then settle in to our accommodations in Gardiner, Montana for the evening.

This evening we’ll have a great dinner in town and then head out for wildlife photography along the Blacktail Plateau.

“Standard” Itinerary:

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’ll have a great dinner in town and then head out for wildlife photography along the Blacktail Plateau.

Day Seven

“Standard” Itinerary

This morning we will arise early as we set out to photograph wildlife along the Blacktail Plateau and in Lamar Valley before sunrise at one of the iconic locations. We’ll spend the day exploring the “American Serengeti” as we look for Wolves, Bison, Coyote, Big Horn Sheep, Pronghorn & more.

We’ll take a midday break to go over our images and get some rest and then once the light is good again we’ll head right back out! Today is a wildlife bonanza!

“Hiker” Itinerary

This morning we will arise early as we set out to photograph wildlife along the Blacktail Plateau and in Lamar Valley before sunrise at one of the iconic locations. We’ll spend the day exploring the “American Serengeti” as we look for Wolves, Bison, Coyote, Big Horn Sheep, Pronghorn & more.

Our hike today will take us up towards Tower Falls on Dunraven Pass which is closed in early spring. This is a great place to view and photograph Black Bears as well as other wildlife including Owls, Bighorn Sheep etc.

We’ll take a midday break to go over our images and get some rest and then once the light is good again we’ll head right back out! Today is a wildlife bonanza!

Day Eight

We will do one more morning wildlife shoot through Lamar Valley before saying good-bye. We will be back in Bozeman, MT by 12pm for flights home. After the trip we can deliver you right to the airport if you want!

“A great trip overall! Yellowstone in the fall is something everyone should see at some point in their lives. Russ has been leading tours in the region for several years and knows the area well. Not only did we capture some stunning photos of the Geysers and Wildlife of Yellowstone but we also learned a great deal about the natural and human history of the park. Russ is a great workshop leader and treats you like family. We saw some great spots that were well off the beaten path but also got great images of Old Faithful, Lone Star Geyser and seemingly unlimited wildlife! On top of that the lodges and food were excellent and well thought out for this specific itinerary. Thanks Russ!”

Robert JCincinnati, Ohio

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