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Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Photography Tour: Winter

Classic winter landscapes in both national parks, wildlife close-up, sunrises and sunsets, plus a snow coach into Yellowstone's interior


  February: This photography tour is not currently in the schedule, but can be added by request

  8 nights/9 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 4 participants

  $3,856 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 airport: Bozeman, Montana [BZN]
 Departure airport: Jackson, Wyoming [JAC]
  Arrival window: For a variety of travel related reasons, arriving one day early is recommended
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Yellowstone and Grand Teton winter photo gallery
  Map of overnight locations
  Client responses to our photo tours
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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: Wednesday the 24th of April, 2024

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Photography Tour Overview:
The crowds have gone home, there is abundant and accessible wildlife, and all is peaceful in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as another winter takes its course. This is a crisp, pristine and quiet time of year in the park. Ideal conditions for a winter photo tour on which to point your camera at Yellowstone icons such as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Lamar Valley, plus wildlife including Elk, Bison, Bighorn Sheep, Pronghorn Antelope and Coyote. All this and the majestic Grand Teton national park peaks plus Photoshop sessions. Macro, landscape and wildlife. 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.

Days 1, 2 + 3  |  Yellowstone National Park
Our small group will gather at 11:30 am, and we'll kick things off with the included lunch. On route to Gardiner we'll pause to photograph Montana winter scenes including a detour along the old Yellowstone road. Whitetail Deer, Mule Deer and Elk sightings become increasingly frequent as we approach Gardiner, so have a longer lens at the ready. After hotel check-in, light and time permitting, we'll explore the spots outside the Yellowstone National Park that wildlife frequents.
During our stay in Gardiner we'll explore the most colorful sections of Mammoth Hot Springs, including rising steam, 'dreamy silhouettes' and wildlife as per the photo gallery link for this trip above. We will use our own minibus to photograph up and down the Mammoth to Cooke City road at a leisurely pace. It's the only road open in the park and along which we'll be on the lookout for Elk, Bison, Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Coyote, Deer, Fox, Wolf and Water Ouzel [Dipper] et cetera, plus a variety of winter landscapes and more. We encourage informal evening critiques of work taken on the trip - over dinner is an option - and/or suggest you bring along some of your work to share with the group. We shoot at dawn - not that early at this time of year - and take in some free time when the opportunity permits, then eat after sunset each day.
Gardiner, 3 nights

Days 4 + 5  |  To West Yellowstone
After an early shoot and breakfast we'll get on the road in the direction of West Yellowstone shooting all day as we go via Bozeman and Ennis, plus we'll make a detour for a pair of ghost towns. On approach to West Yellowstone we take in a pair of snow and ice covered lakes, plus a mountain range that straddles Idaho. The mountain ranges provide the backdrop for some rustic cabin shots and so on.
On day 5 we'll have our own private snow coach, and armed with sack lunches we'll shoot all day as we explore the Madison River, Gibbon Falls, Beryl Spring, the magnificent Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with a semi-frozen Lower Falls, Firehole Canyon, and an additional detour as time permits. Add wildlife such as Bison, Elk, Bobcat, Trumpeter Swan, Bald Eagle, and Muskrat, plus ice and snow macros, and various snow-laden scenes for another great day of photography.
West Yellowstone, 2 nights

Day 6  |  To Jackson, Wyoming
Breakfast and into Idaho for Henry's Lake photography before heading south via Island Park to Ashton. We'll make a variety of stops and minor detours for warm-light photography on the Idaho side of the Teton range. You'll find that the Grand Teton peaks are almost as spectacular from the west side, then on into Jackson, Wyoming for our 3 night stay in this old cowboy town.
Jackson, 3 nights

Days 7 + 8  |  Grand Teton National Park
Winter sun on the Grand Teton peaks at dawn is among America's best, and during our two days of photographing the park, we'll capture many a scene that would fit cozily into a breath mint commercial. We'll shoot at dawn at some classic locations, plus Grand Teton park also has its fair share of wildlife. Included in the trip cost is a sleigh ride to photograph a huge herd of Elk on the National Elk Refuge, where on previous trips we have also photographed Coyote and Bald Eagles. Deeper into the park we'll photograph Moose and Elk, stands of Aspen trees and many a scene with a Grand Teton mountain range backdrop. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.

Day 9  |  Departure day
Another great sunrise if weather permits, and back to Jackson for hot breakfasts. 11 a.m. departures onwards from Jackson airport are recommended.

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 'mildly strenuous'

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

Footpaths to/around thermal areas are non to mildly strenuous

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: $3,856 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:

  • Admission to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is included in our Commercial Organization, Commercial Tour Fees, and/or a Commercial Use Authorization [CUA] permit

  • Private snowcoach excursion to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Firehole Falls et cetera

  • Photography at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

  • A sleigh ride to photograph Elk on the National Elk Refuge

  • All other possible rides, admissions or excursions are optional and not included


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