Glaciers, Mountains, Lakes, and Waterfalls in the Fall
Established in 1910, Glacier National Park has long been revered for its pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. The park encompasses nearly one million acres of wilderness area; its glacier-carved peaks and valleys run to the Canadian border. The park is dominated by mountainous terrain, and currently contains 25 “active” glaciers, some of the last in the lower 48 states. Glacier’s landscape today is a reminder of the much larger glaciers that shaped it 10,000 years ago, leaving behind deep glacial lakes, sheer-walled valleys and enormous rocky deposits known as moraines. It is a haven for wildlife, and mountain goats, marmots, and black and brown bears are all regularly spotted.
We’ve timed our Glacier National Park workshop for autumn, when landscape colors should be at their best, and the majority of summer tourists have gone home. While many of the park’s lodges have closed by this time of year, we have secured special openings for our group. We’ll also be bringing our own chef with us, so we can eat great food on our own schedule. Chef Ben has been with us on numerous workshops as the Muench Chef, and he consistently gets rave reviews! We’ll visit a wide variety of locations, on both sides of the mountains: St. Mary Lake, Two Medicine, Many Glacier, Logan Pass, and more!
Your guides for this workshop will be Muench Workshops pro Juan Pons and assistant Mike Ince. Both have intimate knowledge of this region, and will put you in the best places at the best times for spectacular shots. Expect to receive intensive photographic instruction in the field—we’ll cover use of ND filters, exposure bracketing for HDR, panoramas, deliberate motion blurs, and more. We’ll also be sure to make time for our signature image reviews and post-processing instruction.
Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
Glacier National Park, Montana
September 22–28, 2020
Itinerary and General Information
September 22, 2020: We'll meet in Kalispell at 2:00 PM for an orientation, then we will drive to our lodge in the National Park. Plan your flight to arrive in Kalispell no later than 2:00 PM on the 23rd. If you wish to arrive earlier, please let us know and we can recommend a hotel.
September 23, 2020: We’ll leave the lodge early this morning, and drive to Lake McDonald for a morning shoot. Sunset shoot up on Logan Pass.
September 24, 2020: Sunrise shoot at Lake McDonald, followed by breakfast and an image review. Following lunch, we’ll have an afternoon shoot along the river and a sunset shoot up on Logan Pass. Weather permitting, we’ll try for a night shoot up in Logan Pass.
September 25, 2020: Sunrise shoot at Apgar, on the shores of Lake McDonald. Breakfast, then a drive to East Glacier. After checking in to our lodge, we’ll have an image review followed by a sunset shoot at St Mary Lake.
September 26, 2020: Sunrise shoot at Many Glacier, and a hike up to a waterfall near Many Glacier. Breakfast will be in the field. Afterwards, we’ll make our way back to our cabins for an afternoon break and early dinner. Sunset shoot, location TBD. Possible night shoot at St Mary Lake.
September 27, 2020: Sunrise shoot at Two Medicine, followed by a hunt for fall color along the eastern border of the park. Lunch break and image review followed by sunset shoot, location TBD.
September 28, 2020: Following a sunrise shoot and breakfast, we’ll depart for Kalispell airport. Flights can be scheduled to depart today any time after 3:00 PM.
What To Bring
Please see our What to Bring page now for guidelines on packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Single occupancy lodging
All meals by our private chef during the workshop
All transportation during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews and post-processing instruction
Inspiration, fun and a great time!