Yellowstone In Winter: Wildlife and Landscapes
January 22–29, 2022
Yellowstone National Park is the oldest and most picturesque National Park in the world. It is home to a vast number of unique hydrothermal wonders and contains 67 species of mammals, hundreds of species of birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles.
Winter in Yellowstone means fewer crowds, cold temperatures, steaming geyser basins, and closed roads. But that’s OK! We travel by private snowcoach through this quiet, pristine wilderness with only six guests and one pro from Muench Workshops. You’ll always be able to get out of our vehicle quickly and efficiently when seconds count. Sometimes we even shoot from inside our vehicle where you will always have your own window seat. You will have plenty of room for you and your winter gear and photo bag.
Our photo targets are many! We spend time with groups of bison, and sometimes a single bison. Each day, the winter conditions can change the look and behavior of these giant mammals, and you will learn to shoot “snowy” bison, “frosty” bison, and even “frozen” bison. Other mammals that we may see include moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, and elk. There are also predators in the park. Coyotes are usually found and photographed well, as is the red fox. Somewhat more difficult to find and capture on camera, and requiring a bit of luck, are Yellowstone’s wolves, lynx, and the tiny long-tailed weasel. In the rivers, we hope to photograph otters, ducks, swans, and other birds.
We have many favorite locations to photograph, but we’re always on the lookout for interesting compositions in great light. We’ll seek out sweeping vistas and smaller, more intimate scenes as well. We’ll have access to thermal features, travertine terraces, geysers, mud pots, hot springs, and fumaroles. We can shoot long exposures of moving water, moving clouds, and moving steam.
Whether you are a beginner or advanced shooter, we’re there every step of the way with you. We’ll help you with technical settings, composition, and shooting techniques to get the best exposures in challenging environments. We’ll make sure you are getting sharp shots of the wildlife, both fast and slow movers. And we can work on advanced techniques like motion blur, panoramas, image blending, and focus stacking as well. We’ll have our signature image reviews and post-processing sessions as much as possible.
Everything is all-inclusive, including your ride from Bozeman airport to the park. We will work hard, and you should expect that each day will be filled with photography from before sunrise until after sunset.
About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
January 22, 2022: You should arrive at Bozeman airport (BZN) no later than 1:00 PM today. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer to our hotel in Gardiner. We’ll photograph some of the wildlife and landscapes around Gardiner in the late afternoon. After dinner, we have an introductory meeting to go over conditions and wildlife reports and shooting preparation. Overnight in Gardiner.
January 23–24, 2022: After breakfast we’ll head to Mammoth for a brief stop and introduction to geological features. We’ll then travel to the Lamar Valley, stopping for wildlife and at different photo opportunities along the way. Lunch in Cook City. Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar.
January 25–27, 2022: Leave early on our private snow coach from Mammoth Hot Springs on our way to Old Faithful Snow Lodge. We’ll spend the day traveling through the park looking for landscapes and wildlife. We’ve chartered our private snow coach for five full days of wildlife and landscape photography within the park. We’ll have plenty of time to visit, Old Faithful Basin, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Biscuit Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring, and many more. We’ll also be looking for Bobcat, Elk, Bison, Fox, Coyote, and more. Three full days on the private snow coach, and two nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge.
January 27, 2022: Our third full day on the snow coach. Late this day, we’ll arrive back to Mammoth where our cars are waiting for us. A short drive back to Gardiner and to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Gardiner.
January 28, 2022: One more full day in Lamar Valley, photographing wildlife and stopping at different photo opportunities along the way. Lunch in Cook City. Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar Valley. Overnight in Gardiner.
January 29, 2022: Breakfast and then we’ll drive you to Bozeman airport. Flights home can be scheduled for after 1:00 PM.
Moderate: Walks in snow of up to one mile with modest elevation gains, at 7000′ to 8,000′ altitude. The temperatures can be very cold.
Arrive Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Montana before 1:00 PM on January 22, 2022. Flights out can be made after 1:00 PM on January 29, 2022.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,000 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- Travel to and from Bozeman, Montana.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,000 supplement.
“Lisa, I can’t thank you enough for everything, you were so patient with me, you taught me so much and thanks to that I evolved as a person and as a photographer. I learned many things I didn’t know, and no matter how many times I asked you, you always explained them to me, you are a great teacher! ”