Day 1 (Travel Day)
Plan to arrive on Bozeman, Montana by 6pm for an orientation and welcome dinner.
We will depart Bozeman early this morning and head straight for Yellowstone’s Northern Range. Our first day will include photographing wildlife along the Blacktail Plateau, Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley. We will be out early this morning in search of Bighorn Sheep, Bison and possibly Lamar Valley’s wolves. We will spend the morning looking for wildlife in some of the lesser known hotspots. Later we will look for Black Bears and explore the Tower Falls area as we travel up and over Dunraven Pass towards the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This evening we will head out to a special vantage point along the Yellowstone River with a jaw dropping overlook into Hayden Valley. Wildlife chances are fantastic in Hayden in the evening and we may see Black Bear, Bison, Elk, White Pelicans and / or Grizzly Bears. After a full day of shooting in the field we will retire to our cozy lodge in Gardiner, Montana.
This morning we will head out early again and explore Hayden Valley in search of wildlife. After a great morning session of photography we will grab breakfast and rest up a bit before our next session. Later in the day we will explore along the shores of Lake Yellowstone and take in an amazing alpine sunset along the lake shore before retiring to our lodging in Gardiner.
Today we will explore the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and spend some time learning how to photograph the canyon as well as the Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone. We will have a chance to photograph the tallest waterfall in the Rocky Mountains from Artist Point which was made famous by the artist Thomas Moran. After a late breakfast at canyon we will pack up and head further into the Yellowstone Caldera and explore the Old Faithful area in the late afternoon light. The rest of the day will be spent amongst the various Geysers and Thermal features of the Upper Basin. In the evening we will make our way along the scenic Firehole River in search of wildlife such as bison, coyotes, blue heron and bears!
This morning we will explore the Gibbon River Valley and the Madison River in search of wildlife early in the morning as well as a few more thermal areas. We will have breakfast in the field and then continue on up North towards Big Sky through the gorgeous Gallatin River Canyon. Chances of spotting Grizzlies, Moose and Elk are fantastic as is the scenery along the Gallatin River as we slowly make our way back to Bozeman. We will be back in Bozeman sometime in the late afternoon.
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.