2015 Yellowstone Winter Photo Tour with Zack Clothier

February 27 - March 5, 2015

This tour is now FULL! Please contact us about future winter tours.

Join professional photographer Zack Clothier on a 7 day, 6 night photo adventure in winter wonderland, Yellowstone National Park! This winter photo tour has 5 full days allocated for shooting and exploration in the world's first national park. We will focus on both landscape and wildlife subjects, everything from stunning winter scenics that include steamy geysers, to winter wildlife such as Moose, Foxes, Bison, Otters, Coyotes, Trumpeter Swans, Weasels, Wolves, and possibly even a Bobcat!

Zack will serve as your driver, guide, and advisor on this adventure. Though this is primarily a tour rather than a hard core workshop, Zack will be on hand to shoot alongside you and advise you as needed as you photograph the area's great variety of subject matter. During any down time we may have Zack is available for post production training (using Photoshop) if desired.

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 Thursday night or Friday morning.

Red fox
Red foxes are commonly seen in Yellowstone in winter.
From Bozeman, we make the hour-and-a-half drive south through the scenic Paradise Valley 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, 1 Night

Day 2: Interior Bound, Steaming Geysers and Hot Springs, Frost-covered Bison, "Ghost Trees"
Our first full day in Yellowstone is dedicated to exploration of the park's interior. Today we wake up early in order to meet our private snow coach driver who will lead us deep into the snowy interior of the park. 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 geysers and fumaroles providing great contrast against the snowy surroundings. We will cap the day off with a visit to the iconic Old Faithful and its neighboring geysers and exotic, colorful pools. After dinner there will be a night photography session at Old Faithful for those interested in braving the cold.

Old Faithful Western Cabins, 1 Night

Day 3: Madison River Corridor, Bobcats, Trumpeters, and Other Unique Wildlife
Our final day in the park's interior will feature a sidetrip along the wildlife-rich Madison River to look for bobcats, wolves, trumpeter swans, and other unique wildlife that is commonly found along this stretch. This area of the interior will be our best bet to photograph a variety of wildlife in their winter habitat. Depending on sightings and weather conditions, we should also have time to stop at some of the geyser basins that we didn't have a chance to visit on the first day.

Trumpeter swan
Trumpeter swans congregate on the Madison River.
Days 4-6: Nothern Range
The rest of the trip is all about the Northern Range where there will be numerous wildlife and landscape photo opportunities. For this portion of the trip we will be based out of the remote Silver Gate/Cooke City area in the park's northeast corner, which will put us closer to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley in the mornings. Our exploration will take us all along the northern road, in search of wolves, moose, bighorn sheep, otters, foxes, ermines, and eagles to name a few.

The final two days will be spent exploring the Northern Range. After a sunrise shoot we will immediately be on the lookout for wildlife, followed by a sunset shoot later in the evening, as well as a night shoot if weather permits.

Silver Gate/Cooke City, 3 Nights
(Please note: there is no cell phone service in Silver Gate/Cooke City)

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

Tour Prices

  • $3395 per person

This tour is now FULL! Please contact us about future winter tours.

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Tour Prices Include:

  • Lodging in Gardiner, Old Faithful, and Silver Gate/Cooke City during the tour
  • Transportation from and to Bozeman at the start and end of the trip via group shuttle
  • Continental Breakfast (when available) and Boxed Lunches, as well as welcome dinner on first night
  • Photo Instruction (if desired) by Zack
  • 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
  • Transportation to the park from Bozeman if you miss the shuttle
  • Gratuity for Guides and Drivers
  • 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.
  • While most photo opportunities in Yellowstone take place quite close to the road, we will visit various thermal areas and 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, often less than a half mile.
  • 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.
  • Due to the short notice of this tour, payment in full is required to reserve a spot.
  • Payments may be made via check or personal Paypal payment. We must wait for checks to clear before considering tour slots reserved or filled.