Autumn in Glacier

Glacier National Park is considered by many to be among the most beautiful mountain regions of the world. Join us in the fall season and photograph this immense wilderness park in it’s arguably most colorful season. Fall colors, Moose & Grizzlies abound here in September at the border of Montana and Canada – as well as glacially carved, snow capped peaks standing tall and casting their alpine shadows over the one million acres of protected wilderness that is Glacier National Park. Inside the Park’s boundary are an estimated 130 sapphire lakes, hundreds of species of animal and more than 1,000 species of plants that make up a completely intact ecosystem dubbed the “Crown of the Continent.” The park boasts numerous life zones, from prairie to tundra, that contain the same unspoiled plant and animal species that were there at the time of European contact.

On this trip we’ll travel to Glacier in autumn to take advantage of many wonderful things happening during this time of seasonal change.

We’ll enjoy fewer crowds as visitation at Glacier tends to decrease after the summer rush and as temperatures begin to cool.

Wildlife is more active this time of year, which with some luck could provide us opportunities to capture images of impressive animals like Grizzly Bear, moose or mountain goats, along with the hundreds of species of birds that reside here. Bears, especially, need to fatten up as much as they can so they are out more often this time of year scrounging for food in preparation for the long winter ahead.

Perhaps the most stunning, however, will be the turning colors of the trees.

The yellow autumn color of the Western Larch tree combined with the yellow, gold, orange, and red colors of the slender, white-barked Aspen trees paint the mountainsides, blending nicely with the green of the Lodgepole, Ponderosa and Douglas Fir. Autumn is truly a remarkable time for landscape photography at Glacier.

Explore and photograph Glacier National Park this year with an accomplished landscape & wildlife photographer.

You’ll photograph iconic park locales such as Two Medicine Lake with its jagged mountain backdrop. Explore and photograph the alpine artistry of Many Glacier as well as catch St. Mary’s Lake at sunrise which may be one of the most photogenic lakes in the world!

Glacier National Park is a visual cornucopia and one of the most surreal and colorful places on the planet. It’s stunning peaks, roaring waterfalls and brilliant night skies allow for virtually endless photographic possibilities. You’ll gain a wealth of knowledge about the history of the park as well as the flora and fauna plus leave your trip with an impressive collection of new images.

Join Backcountry Journeys this year for the trip of a lifetime to Glacier National Park, Montana: “The Last Best Place.”

Please note: We offer both a standard and “hiker” version of this trip for photographers who like to get out and hike! Not sure which one suits you best? Give us a call at 928-478-1521 or fill out the contact form below!


  • Dramatic Mountain Landscapes
  • Photograph incredible reflections & waterfalls
  • Abundant Wildlife
  • Fall Colors
  • Small Groups
  • Cozy lodges
  • Top-notch meals
  • Learn from & shoot alongside a seasoned pro

Autumn in Glacier

6 Days

Price: from $3695 double occupancy

+$550 single occupancy

Deposit: $1000

Meals: Most meals included (see itinerary)

Lodging: 5 nights lodging

Start/End: Whitefish, Montana

Fly In/Out: Kalispell / Glacier International Airport

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST


*trip difficulty ratings

*Backcountry Journeys is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service

Trip Details

Physical Requirements 
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to walk a day-pack.

Group Size
We keep groups small to maximize your one on one time with the guide / instructor.

Our first night will be in Whitefish, Montanaand then we will be staying at St Mary’s Lodge / Glacier National Park.

Most meals are included during the trip dates and we typically eat at park lodges in the evening as well as a hand picked local restaurants. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.

Expect cool days with cold mornings and nights. The weather can prove unpredictable in the Northern Rockies and can change on a moments notice. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly for winter weather! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Most Meals, ground transportation to/from and within Glacier National Park, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities

Departure City
Whitefish, Montana


Please note: We offer both a standard and “hiker” version of this trip for photographers who like to get out and hike! Not sure which one suits you best? Give us a call at 928-478-1521 or fill out the contact form below!

Most meals included – (B,L,D) denotes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1 (travel day) (D)

Arrive at Kalispell International Airport today and transfer to your awaiting hotel in the beautiful & historic Montana Ski Town of Whitefish. We’ll have an orientation dinner and meet the group.

Day 2 (B,L,D)

We’ll arrive on the shores of Lake McDonald before sunrise to capture the rising light over this unfathomably beautiful lake. After a session of photography, we’ll grab breakfast at Apgar Village while photographing the changing colors along the lake-shore. Afterwards we’ll drive to the East Side of the park to St Mary’s, Montana. This evening we’ll have another magic-hour session before retiring to our comfortable lodge.

Day 3 (B,D)

This morning we’ll drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road before dawn to one of the most dramatic photography locales in Glacier. Opportunities to photograph both Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats are excellent on Logan Pass. After breakfast we’ll photograph a beautiful waterfall. After a midday rest we’ll do some image review and a post processing session then head out to photograph the mountains in the evening light.

Day 4 (B,D)

This morning we’ll capture the rising over Lake St. Mary’s in the cool mountain air – one of the most spectacular events to witness as well as photograph. We’ll have breakfast at our lodge and then checkout another beautiful waterfall. Our evening session will focus on a dramatic alpine lake in the Many Glacier Region of the park. After a long productive day in the field it’s time to kick back and enjoy a great meal in our lodge!

Day 5 (B,L,D)

This morning we’ll rise early for our photo session along the ruggedly beautiful Swift Current River. This river winds through a massive glacially carved valley and reflects the majestic peaks around it in the right light. Absolutely beautiful. After breakfast at our lodge we’ll have ample opportunities to photograph several waterfalls, alpine lakes and colorful meadows. One of the prettiest regions in Glacier. We’ll stay out until late in the day and focus our evening session on one of the most dramatic vistas and best kept secrets in the park. After photographing this high mountain lake we’ll return to our lodging in the fading light for a fantastic last dinner in Glacier National Park.

Day 6 (B)

We’ll finish our trip with one last morning session in the park at Two Medicine Lake and then shuttle back to Kalispell. Flights out can be booked any time after 12pm.

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. 

“Many thanks to Matt Meisenheimer for an amazing 6 day expedition in Glacier National Park. His ability to get us to the right places at the right time for incredible sunrise and sunset photography opportunities is unsurpassable. He was totally dedicated to instructing the group as to obtain max results. Despite forest fire haze in the park, he taught us to benefit from it’s color enhancing effects. He was quick to share his expertise in Photoshop in Lightroom for post processing our images. 
Food, comfort and instruction are incomparable for the price. This being my second trip with Backcountry Journeys I look forward to many more with this group.”

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