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).
We’ll depart Bozeman before dawn, arriving in Yellowstone just before the sun rises and catch the light on Mammoth Hot Springs. After an introduction to the geothermal features and a tour of Mammoth we’ll have a late breakfast with our group. Our next phase of the trip is an exploration of Lamar Valley – we’ll explore Lamar all the way to Cooke City with possible opportunities to photograph Bighorn Sheep, Moose, Bison, Coyotes, Eagles and even Wolves. Our day ends with an evening session as Mammoth Hot Springs and a great dinner at our lodging back in historic Gardiner.
Today 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 Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest and most active in Yellowstone as well as the lovely Gibbon Meadows and Firehole River Basin.
After checking into the beautiful Old Faithful Snow Lodge (where we’ll spend the next 3 nights) we’ll wander out to Photograph Old Faithful. Retire to the lodge this evening for a fantastic meal and sit by the hearth at the Firehole Lounge after a perfect day in the field.
Mileage: 2-5 miles, up to 200 feet elevation gain
Today we will focus on the thermal features surrounding Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. We’ll walk and snowshoe 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! Return to the Snow Lodge again tonight after an excellent day of photographing Yellowstone.
Mileage: 6-7 miles, minimal elevation gain
After an early breakfast at the Snow Lodge we’ll have a morning session of photography at Old Faithful before departing for our snowshoe out to Lone Star Geyser. Lone Star is one of the most unique and impressive thermal features in the park. A giant Sinter Cone that stands tall and alone in the center of a snowy white field, Lone Star’s powerful eruptions can last 30 minutes!
We’ll have some opportunity later in the day to photograph Bison and other wildlife along the Firehole River before retiring to the Snow Lodge in the evening.
Mileage: 1-3, minimal elevation gain
This morning we’ll board the Snow Coach early to travel to Lake Yellowstone, Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon and Hayden Valley. We’ll catch sunrise over the largest lake in the United States over 7,000 feet before Snowshoeing around the Grand Canyon. We’ll spend ample time photographing Yellowstone’s classic Lower Falls from Artists point and have ample wildlife opportunities along the Yellowstone River through Lamar Valley.
This evening the coach will drop us off at Mammoth and we’ll return to our accommodations in Gardiner and some well-earned rest and relaxation.
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 day in Lamar photographing “The Serengeti of North America”. Return to Gardiner tonight for our last night in Yellowstone Country!
We’ll head out in the morning for one last session of Photography before breakfast in Gardiner. After breakfast, it’s off to Bozeman for our return flights home and a successful trip! We should arrive in Bozeman by 1 pm.