Itinerary – Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 1 (Travel Day)(D)
Arrive in Bozeman, MT (BZN) by 6pm for an orientation and welcome dinner. There is a free airport shuttle at our hotel – simply call to make a reservation! (Hotel Included).
Day 2 (B,L,D)
We’ll depart Bozeman this morning, arriving in Yellowstone to catch the light on Mammoth Hot Springs. After an introduction to the geothermal features and a tour of Mammoth we’ll spend some time photographing wildlife in the Mammoth Hot Springs area. Later we’ll board our privately chartered, snow coach and begin the journey into Yellowstone’s remote interior. This is truly an exceptional day as traveling by private coach means we can stop when the conditions are right. Wildlife sightings are the norm as we travel towards the Upper Geyser Basin of Old Faithful. We’ll photograph the Lower Geyser Basin as well as the lovely Gibbon Meadows, Firehole River Basin and Madison River Valley. Lodging tonight in West Yellowstone.
Day 3 (B,L,D)
This morning we’ll board the Snow Coach early to travel to Hayden Valley and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We’ll spend ample time photographing Yellowstone’s classic Lower Falls from Artists point and have ample wildlife opportunities along the Yellowstone River.
Day 4 (B,D)
Today we will focus on the thermal features surrounding Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. We’ll walk to some of the more impressive yet less predictable Geysers such as Beehive, Grand, Castle, Riverside and Daisy Geysers. The goal is to time it right and get some excellent images of the Geysers as they are erupting into the wintery air! We’ll have some opportunity later in the day to photograph Bison and other wildlife along the Firehole River and Madison River before retiring to our lodge in West Yellowstone this evening.
Day 5 (B,L,D)
We will board our snowcoach early this morning and head North back towards the Northern Range along the Gibbon River. Once we arrive back at Mammoth Hot Springs we’ll depart the snowcoach and head for Lamar Valley in search of wildlife. Our lodging tonight is in Cooke City, Montana.
Day 6 (B,D)
Today we’ll spend a full day plying the length of Soda Butte and Lamar Valley’s in search of wildlife opportunities. The Lamar region of Yellowstone is often one of the best kept secrets for spotting wolves, foxes, moose and more! Return for lunch on your own in historic Cooke City and then it’s out for another trip into Lamar Valley for the evening. After a full day of photography we’ll retire to our lodge in Cooke City, Montana.
Day 7 (B)
It’s an early morning again as we embark for Lamar Valley. We’ll be there to photograph the landscape at dawn, looking for Wolves, Coyotes, Bison, Bighorn Sheep and other species. We’ll spend the entire morning in Lamar photographing “The Serengeti of North America” before heading back to Bozeman to catch flights out this afternoon.
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. Due to the nature of wildlife and nature photography we do not guarantee any specific sightings or specific compositions regarding wildlife or natural phenomena.