2014 Yellowstone Winter Photo Tour

Early 2015 or 2016

This is a sample itinerary based on our past winter tours. Please contact me if you'd like to join a waiting list for a future winter tour (likely 2015 or 2016).

Join professional photographer Max Waugh on a one week visit to a winter wonderland. This is a unique opportunity to photograph Yellowstone's wildlife in a stark and beautiful winter environment. You'll also have a chance to spend an extended period of time in the park interior, which can only be reached by specialized winter vehicles. Max will serve as your primary guide and advisor on this adventure. Though this is primarily a tour rather than a hard-core workshop, Max will be on hand to shoot alongside you and advise you as needed as you photograph Yellowstone's great variety of subject matter.

To get an idea of some of the wildlife we might see during the trip, check out the photo gallery. If you would like to inquire about a customized tour or extension, read more here.

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Tour Days and Activities

Day 1: Pick up in Bozeman, Arrival in Yellowstone
Today we'll pick you up via group shuttle and transport you to Yellowstone National Park. Pick up is scheduled for early afternoon, so be sure to arrive in Bozeman either Friday night or Saturday morning.

Red fox
Red foxes are commonly seen in Yellowstone in winter.
From Bozeman, we make the hour-and-a-half drive south to Gardiner, Montana and Yellowstone National Park. We will immediately be on the lookout for wildlife, so have your gear ready! Our arrival will give us an opportunity to check into our lodging before gathering for a group dinner and orientation.

Gardiner, 2 Nights

Day 2: Northern Range
Our first full day in Yellowstone is dedicated to exploration of the park's Northern Range. After breakfast we will tour the area between the north and northeast entrances. This stretch of road is the best area of the park for wildlife, which we will explore at our liesure.

Day 3: Into the Interior, Old Faithful & Geysers
Today we wake up early in order to meet our private snow coach driver for the trip into the park interior. On the way south we will keep an eye out for wildlife, and will also stop at some of the thermal areas and geyser basins on the way to Old Faithful. There should be some excellent landscape photo opportunities, with hot, steaming thermals providing great contrast against snowy surroundings. We will cap the day off with a visit to iconic Old Faithful and its neighboring geysers and pools. If there's time to make a side trip along the Madison River to look for trumpeter swans, bobcats and other wildlife, we will do so.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge, 1 Night

Trumpeter swan
Trumpeter swans congregate on the Madison River.
Day 4: West Thumb, Hayden Valley, Canyon
Our final day in the park's interior will feature stops at West Thumb Geyser Basin, Hayden Valley and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, including Yellowstone Falls. This route takes us along the shores of Yellowstone Lake and the Yellowstone River, so we'll keep an eye out for otters, foxes and coyotes.

Gardiner, 3 Nights

Day 5: Northern Range
The rest of the trip is all about the wildlife. Our exploration will take us along the northern road, including the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley. Here, we'll keep an eye out for wolves, otters, foxes and eagles.

River otter
Otters are among the potential wildlife highlights on a winter tour.
Day 6: Northern Range w/Optional Pine Marten Shoot
Another day dedicated to wildlife in the north. We'll also have an optional stop for those interested in possibly photographing pine martens* in what is perhaps the best spot in North America to see them. The marten shoot will include a presentation from a local wildlife expert. Those not interested in the marten shoot will have the option of joining Max on a continued exploration of the Lamar Valley and surrounding areas.

*Note - this shoot and the accompanying presentation are available for an extra fee not included in the tour price.

Day 7: Return to Bozeman
We pack up to leave today, returning to Bozeman by late morning for flights home.

Tour Prices

This is a sample itinerary based on our past winter tours. Please contact me if you'd like to join a waiting list for a future winter tour (likely 2015 or 2016).

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Tour Prices Include:

  • Lodging in Gardiner and Old Faithful during the tour
  • Transportation from and to Bozeman at the start and end of the trip via group shuttle
  • Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunches, as well as welcome dinner on first night
  • Photo Instruction (if desired) by Max
  • Guides and Drivers
  • Snow Coach Fees
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Taxes on all services

Tour Prices DO NOT Include:

  • Airfare to/from Bozeman
  • Lodging in Bozeman before/after the tour
  • Optional Pine Marten shoot listed in the itinerary
  • Transportation to the park from Bozeman if you miss the shuttle
  • Gratuity for Guides and Drivers
  • Single supplement fee listed above
  • Dinners, except for welcome dinner on first night
  • Additional snacks, alcohol and other food not provided with breakfast or lunch

Please Note:

  • The itinerary listed above is subject to change, due to unpredictable weather or other factors.
  • The majority of our park exploration during the winter tour takes place in a vehicle. Many photo opportunities in Yellowstone take place close to the road. However, during our visit to thermal areas, we will be exploring on foot using the boardwalks and trails. Occasional wildlife sightings may prompt us to venture off the road, depending on walking conditions. Tour participants should feel comfortable carrying their photo gear on these short walks.
  • Deposits are refundable up to 90 days prior to the start of the tour, minus a $250 administrative fee. Within 90 days, deposits will not be refunded unless your spot is taken by another client and the tour sells out.
  • Your balance is due 90 days prior to the start of the tour. Failure to pay the balance in full will lead us to invite the next person on the waiting list.
  • Payments may be made via check or personal Paypal payment. If you wish to use a credit card, please add 2.9% to the total fee. We must wait for checks to clear before considering tour slots reserved or filled.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the tour for any reason, including but not limited to a lack of participants. In such a case, your full deposit will be refunded. However, we are not responsible for any additional expenses incurred.