New Departures: Glacier & Costa Rica

We have some exciting news here at Backcountry Journeys. Today we’re announcing two brand-new departures of our ever popular Glacier National Park and Wildlife of Costa Rica photography tours. 

Glacier features some of the most beautiful alpine scenery in the Northern Rockies as well as abundant wildlife. 

Costa Rica has been coined as ‘the most biologically intense’ location on the planet and is a wildlife photographers dream. 

Join us on either of these exciting new departures in 2020!


Wildlife of Costa Rica
from $3895
May 7th to 13th, 2020 (see all dates)
with Ben Blankenship

Tortuguero Extension: May 12th to 17th, 2020
Quetzal Extension: May 4th to 7th, 2020



Glacier National Park
from $3495
Aug 29th to Sep 3rd, 2020 (see all dates)
Meet our Trip Leaders





Botswana: Land of Giants

…and don’t forget!

Our Brand New photo safari, Botswana: Land of Giants will begin accepting new reservation on Thanksgiving Day – if you are BCJ Tribe Member you can make your reservation NOW ahead of everyone else AND get a 20% discount on the trip if you book by Thursday, November 28th, 2019. Limited to only eight photographers this is one of the most well-designed and action packed wildlife photography safaris on the planet! Don’t wait – join us in Africa this year.


Russ Nordstrand

Russ Nordstrand is an award winning Landscape & Wildlife Photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona. His Fine Art Prints are hanging in private collections throughout the world and he runs Photography Tours & Workshops in the most beautiful and inspirtational locations in the Western United States and beyond.

Russ has been hiking, backpacking, photographing and guiding people in the wilderness areas, deserts, canyons and mountains of the world since 1997. He has logged thousands of miles on the trail and for many years in the past decade over half of his nights were spent in a tent in some far flung outdoor destination.

His Photography reflects an awe and admiration of the great, wide and still wild world we live in. Often his subjects include towering canyon walls, mist shrouded mountain lakes or wildlife in their natural habitat. It also reflects a commitment to preserving these places for the health of our world and for those who come after.

It would be a lie to say he does it completely from an altruistic standpoint. Like any great outdoor photographer he loves the thrill of wild, remote places and the accomplishment of nailing that shot after waking up three hours before dawn and hiking in the dark!

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

Backyard Bird Photography: Simple Techniques for Wildlife Close to Home

with Russell Graves
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 at 11 am (Mountain)