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Idaho Summer Photography Tour

Bruneau Dunes SP, Craters of the Moon NM, Sawtooth Mountain NRA, historic towns, the Central Idaho mountains, rivers, lakes and Hells Canyon


  August. Year TBD. This photography tour is not currently in the schedule, but can be added by request

  7 nights/8 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 4 participants

  $3,416 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

  The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival and departure airport: Boise, Idaho [BOI]
  Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  8 places are available at this time
  Updated: Tuesday the 16th of July, 2024

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  Our Palouse harvest photo tour precedes the Idaho photo trip, should you want to take in both trips while out west. Free transport is provided between the two trips.



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Photography Tour Overview:
Travel Images Photography Tours is headquartered in Idaho, so it’s only natural that we should show our clients what our home State has to offer photographically. Among the highlights on our Idaho photo tour are the Boise skyline and other historical landmarks, Bruneau Dunes State Park, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, the Sawtooth Mountain National Recreation Area, canyons with fast moving rivers, historic towns, the Central Idaho mountains and white water adventurers on the Payette River et cetera. We conclude the tour with a boat trip on a remote section of the Snake River in Hells Canyon. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.


Day 1  |  Boise Skyline and the Snake River
Our group will meet in the lobby of our gateway hotel in Boise at 10:30 am, and we'll start our Idaho photography tour with a city skyline shoot, followed by some longer lens photography at a nature reserve. Following today's included lunch we'll head to the Snake River for an exploration of a photogenic outdoor museum and nature trail . . . you'll love it! We'll then follow the Snake River eastwards, and have an option of a first look at the Bruneau sand dunes, light and weather permitting, prior to heading to our hotel.
Near Bruneau Sand Dunes, 1 night


Days 2 + 3  |  Bruneau Dunes State Park, Craters of the Moon, and the Sawtooth Mountains National Recreation Area
Out to Bruneau sand dunes before dawn for the best possible light, then following breakfast we'll depart the Snake River Plain and head for the mountains. First though, we'll detour for some 'surreal' photography at Castle Rocks and the Craters of the Moon National Monument. On via Sun Valley and Galena Summit, with at least one more detour for the remnants of a ghost town. We're now in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountains National Recreation Area, and during our stay near Stanley we'll explore lakes, and compose the Sawtooth mountain range behind a series of zig-zag fence shots. A boat trip on Redfish Lake is also included.
Near Stanley, 2 nights


Days 4 + 5  |  Central Idaho Mountains
After an early Sawtooth mountain range photo session we'll coast down the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Highway to the Payette River Canyon. Kayakers and rafters provide good photo ops along the way. A Cascade Lake detour is planned, and on to the resort town of McCall for two nights. During our stay we'll explore Ponderosa State Park, a 'ghost town', and Payette Lake et cetera. You'll love the Payette lake sunsets that occur as we take dinner on the shoreline!
McCall, 2 nights


Day 6  |  Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
We'll round off our McCall region shooting this morning prior to heading onto Hells Canyon on the Idaho and Oregon border. Previous wildlife sightings along the way were Wild Turkeys, a Black Bear and Deer. Photography in Hells Canyon will include the Brownlee to Oxbow section of the Snake River. If you'd like to try your hand at astrophotography after dark, there will be nothing in the way of light pollution out here in the 'boonies'.
Near Hells Canyon, 1 night


Day 7  |  Hells Canyon to Boise
Following breakfast we'll shoot the Oxbow to Hells Canyon Dam section of the Snake River, and rendezvous for a two hour boat trip further up the Hells Canyon. Big Horn sheep are often sighted on these trips, but not guaranteed of course. Then back south along the Snake River via Cambridge, and via rural scenes to Idaho's capital city, Boise. The included dinner on the last night of our Idaho photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.
Boise, 1 night


Day 8  |  Departure day
As there isn't any photography scheduled for the day of departure on this trip, your flight home can be arranged for any time today. Transport to the airport is included unless you’re staying on for a day or more.

Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours



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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous' to 'moderately strenuous'

A majority of images are found in close proximity to our vehicle

Sand dunes, such as at Bruneau, are inherently 'heavy going', but the distance is short

In every other respect this photography tour is considered non-strenuous to mildly strenuous


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Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance

Trip Cost: $3,416 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip


The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here


Cancellation policy: Go here

Enrollment guidance: Go here


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’

  • Following the trip you'll receive detailed field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, plus image uploads to a private web page of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:

  • Bruneau Dunes State Park

  • Craters of the Moon National Monument

  • A boat trip on Redfish Lake

  • Ponderosa State Park

  • Hells Canyon boat trip, including lunch


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