Fast Approaching Trips with Availability…For now.

Only a small amount of coveted spots remain on a handful of Backcountry Journeys trips that are fast approaching, so the time is now to book your trip in order to ensure that your spot is secured!

We all make many decisions on a day to day basis, some are more important than others. Some of the decisions we make do not change our lives much, others have lasting effects. Decisions like, ‘paper or plastic?’ or ‘cream or sugar?’ won’t change our lives a whole lot in the short term. ‘Are New Year’s resolutions really worth this treadmill agony?’ and ‘Should I treat myself to an amazing photography-based adventure vacation?’ are two decisions that can have lasting impacts.  

We believe there is no better time than right now to make a very important decision to book that Backcountry Journeys trip that you’ve been eyeballing online. Do it for you because darn it, you’re worth it!

There are a plethora of amazing trips on the horizon, and these trips are filling up fast, so the time to act is certainly now.

Have you ever wanted to see Yosemite National Park but have perhaps avoided a visit because you’ve always heard the park is overrun with cars and crowds? Visiting Yosemite in Winter is the answer, and you can do it with BCJ this winter if you act now.

Yosemite is one of the most unique natural wonders on our planet and winter provides extraordinary jaw dropping opportunities for landscape as well as wildlife photography. We’ll be setting off to photograph this iconic park, Feb 11th – 16th, which is during the least visited season when the vastness of Yosemite is (hopefully) covered in pillows of white snow.

But won’t it be cold at Yosemite in winter? Yes, it should be a chilly and snowy experience, that is what we’re actually hoping for.

Perhaps cold and snowy landscapes aren’t really your thing? Maybe you’re reading this while at work and it’s downright cold outside and you’re over it. Perhaps you’re thinking, “you’re crazy, why would I vacation during winter to some place where it is also winter?”

How about curing that winter blues with a 7-day dose of warm Central American sunshine in Costa Rica?

If that sounds perfect, and you’d like to take aim on the amazing jungle wildlife that is waiting there for you, then Costa Rica has precisely what you’re looking for. Backcountry Journeys will make it easy for you. In regards to wildlife, Costa Rica is known for its abundant diversity as it is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. The remote Osa Peninsula, where we’ll spend our week photographing and hiking, is a perfect jungle and ocean experience.

Did we mention that its tropical and warm there?

The jungle animals in the Osa are active and fun to photograph from oceanside  jungle trails, our jeep safari, or simply from the decks of the Lookout Inn. On this trip you’ll have all of these options at your disposal.

Drift off to sleep with the sounds of crashing Pacific Ocean waves while laying in your open air cabana while having access to one of the best places in the world to capture images of the colorful scarlet macaw. Only a small number of spots remain on our February 17th – 23rd tour, so if you are excited by the notion of leaving the cold and snow in exchange for tropical warmth and exciting photography opportunity, then join us today!

Few wildlife photographs are more striking than those featuring a bald eagle. Maybe it’s their strong glaring eyes or the contrasting colors from their white heads and gold beaks? Maybe more likely the allure comes from the devastating manor in which they strike their prey or fight with an opposing bird. Whatever makes these birds so photogenic, it’s safe to assume that every wildlife photographer wants a bald eagle shot for their collection, and Alaska is just the place to get one.

Alaska is home to about half of the total population of bald eagles, many of which make their home along the coast. These large birds, which are symbolic of our nation, gather in huge numbers in springtime. They gather in places like Homer, and the coastal waters of Kachemak Bay, which is precisely where Backcountry Journeys will be on our March 25th – 29th trip.

Need more convincing? Click here to read about what makes this tour so wonderful. Ready to book? Click here if you’re ready to book now.

Odds are good that when you think of the southwestern United States many famous images that immediately come to mind are located in the Moab, Utah area.

On one of Backcountry Journeys newest trips, we’ll explore these and other interesting vantage points. We’ll take advantage of having two of the country’s finest National Parks in close proximity to each other where we’ll capture images of those famous rock formations like Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, and Mesa Arch. We’ll also pursue other intimate photos at unique nearby locations such as Castle Valley and the towering La Sal Mountains. These scenes are truly “must-see” spots for landscape photographers who are drawn to the romantic nature of the desert southwest, and we’d love for you to join us as we explore this magnificent landscape March 18th – 22nd, which is the perfect time of year when temperatures are quite pleasant, the crowds still sparse, and the landscapes made extra magical by soft lighted desert skies.

Spots on this tour are much like the rock features we’ll photograph. Today they are here, someday (soon, more than likely) they’ll be gone. Click here if you’d like to read more in depth about this great new trip offering. If you are ready to join, click here to head directly to the booking page.

Back in Alaska, March brings with the best time of year for one of earth’s truly magnificent happenings, the Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights, which came in number one on our Holiday Wish List for Landscape Photographs, is a glorious phenomenon that makes for some of the most haunting and alluring photographable scenes.

The Northern Lights occur when collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. As the particles pass through the Earth’s magnetic shield, they join with atoms and molecules of oxygen, nitrogen and other elements, resulting in the glittering presentation of colored light in the night sky.

Staying up all night, waiting for these lights, has proven to be one of the more memorable experiences for folks who have participated on this trip with us in the past. The March 11th – 17th tour has only a few spots remaining, and can be your opportunity to make this memory and the photographs that come with it.  

Don’t hesitate, folks! Decisions made today can impact your lives for years to come. We purposely keep group sizes small in order to provide the best possible experience for each and every one of our guests. This, however, does limit your opportunity to join because space on these tours does fill very fast.

As we wrap up the holiday season, this just might be the best time to think about yourself and go ahead and book that trip you’ve been interested in joining, because you’re worth it! And time is running out.

Upcoming Photo Trips with Space Available

Yosemite in Winter


Feb 11th to 16th, 2019

Wildlife of Cost Rica


Feb 17th to 23rd, 2019

Ultimate Northern Lights


March 11th to 17th, 2019

Arches & Canyonlands


March 18th to 22nd, 2019

Bald Eagles of Alaska


March 25th to 29th, 2019


Kenton Krueger







Kenton Krueger grew up and spent the first 33 years of his life in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. After studying aviation at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute, he “conned” his way into the newsroom at the award-winning Omaha World-Herald where for 3+ years he wrote and photographed news articles on a variety of topics such as community events, travel and even mixed martial arts for the sports department. Yet something was missing. While on backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000’s he was quick to realize that the wild lands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart like nothing else could. This realization led to relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past several years guiding guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, newspaper photographer and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

Don’t Miss the Next Session of BCJ “Live”

Night Sky Post-Processing 

with Ben Blankenship
Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 at 11 am (Mountain)