Yellowstone and Tetons
Any description of Yellowstone will be filled with superlatives—first National Park in the world, the highest concentration of thermal features, home to the largest Bison herd in the world, and (until recently) the largest national park in the continental US. Of course, it is home to arguably the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful.
The Tetons Range is a spectacular mountain massif, and because of its proximity to Yellowstone, these two national parks are best visited on the same trip.
Fall is a magical time in Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. The landscape is going through a transformation, animals are out and about, getting ready for winter. On this workshop, you will be guided by two accomplished workshop leaders Greg Vaughn and Tom Kirkendall. Greg and Tom have been leading workshops together in Yellowstone and the Tetons for many years.
We have put together an intense schedule to photograph these two iconic parks. We will travel thru the famed Lamar Valley, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, and Grand Teton National Park.
We will make images of some of the most inspiring scenic vistas in North America and the high probability of photographing some of the many animals in the parks, bears, moose, bison, wolves, elk, pronghorn, pikas, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and more! There will be plenty of instruction for photographing landscapes and wildlife. We'll be teaching pre-visualization and composition, wildlife techniques, long-exposures for dramatic skies or beautiful, smooth water, panorama stitching, and more.
Muench Workshops is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service.
September 30–October 7, 2021
** subject to slight change based on YNP Hotel availability **
Itinerary and General Information
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.
September 30, 2021: Arrive in Bozeman, MT (BZN airport code) anytime before 2:00 PM. We’ll pick you up at the airport and bring you to the hotel in Gardiner. 5:00 PM, we’ll meet for introductions and group dinner where we’ll talk about the exciting week of photography ahead.
October 1, 2021: Sunrise at or near Mammoth Hot Springs, followed by breakfast. We’ll drive south into Yellowstone National Park, where we’ll explore the many geyser basins in the region including, Old Faithful Basin, and Grand Prismatic Basin.
October 2, 2021: Based on conditions, we may be photographing at Fountain Flats, Madison River, Grand Prismatic Spring, Biscuit Basin, and more. We may even see some buffalo or elk! We’ll also have an image review and critique, reviewing composition, technique, and post-processing.
October 3–4, 2021: Sunrise near Old Faithful, followed by a hearty breakfast. We’ll then leave Yellowstone National Park and enter Grand Teton National Park. We’ll photograph great landscape locations with views of the Grand Tetons, Mount Moran, Snake River, and many of the beautiful lakes in the region. One morning we’ll leave early to catch the sunrise along the Snake River with the beautiful early light striking the Grand Tetons. After breakfast, we’ll have some downtime to catch up on post-processing and have one of our signature image review sessions. Sunset location will be based on local conditions, but there is plenty to shoot in any kind of weather.
October 5–6, 2021: Following sunrise in Grand Teton National Park and breakfast, we’ll head back north through Yellowstone to Gardiner. We ‘ll stop at the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone,” and possibly other geyser basins, depending on weather and conditions. Of course, we hope to find impressive wildlife in the landscape. We’ll rise early to spend the morning in Lamar Valley looking for wildlife and landscapes. We’ll spend the day in this area in hopes of magnificent wildlife and a fantastic sunset light. This is the time of year the elk will be in rut, allowing us to capture them in this strikingly wild valley. The Lamar Valley is the tributary to the Yellowstone River and is 40 miles of amazing meadows broken by stands of pines and cottonwoods, surrounded by rolling mountains and home to herds of elk, bison, grizzlies, and several packs of wolves.
October 7, 2021: We’ll spend our last morning photographing sunrise in one of the many locations near Gardiner. We’ll have another hearty breakfast before packing up, checking out, and driving back to Bozeman for flights home.
Double Occupancy Lodging (single available, just ask)
All meals during the workshop
All transportation during the workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews, post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, awesome images, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Your transportation to and from Bozeman Montana (BZN airport code), and any lodging in Bozeman before or after the workshop dates (we can make lodging arrangements for you). Travel and trip cancellation insurance. Alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.