America's Iconic Parks in Fall Color
September 27 – October 4, 2023
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 also home to arguably the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful. 2022 is a special year, the 150th Anniversary of Yellowstone National Park!
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.
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.
September 27, 2023: 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. At 5:00 PM, we’ll meet for introductions and group dinner where we’ll get to know each other and talk about the exciting week of photography ahead.
September 28, 2023: Sunrise at Mammoth Hot Springs. After breakfast we will drive south through Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Park, with stops along the way for thermal features, wildlife, and fall color. For the next two nights we’ll staying at the fabulous Jackson Lake Lodge.
September 29, 2023: Sunrise through sunset we’ll be photographing some of the iconic views of the Tetons and search for bison, pronghorn, and moose. We will also have an image review and critique, reviewing composition, technique, and post-processing.
September 30, 2023: Following sunrise at the Oxbow on the Snake River, we’ll concentrate on photographing wildlife and then head north, back to Yellowstone National Park. For the next two nights we will be lodging and dining at historic Old Faithful Inn.
October 1, 2023: At sunrise we’ll be in place for photographing bison along the Firehole River, then look for elk on the Madison River. After breakfast, we’ll have some downtime to catch up on post-processing and have one of our signature image review sessions. Afternoon through sunset we’ll work the Upper and Middle Geyser Basins to capture colorful thermal pools and fountaining geysers. If night skies are clear we will go out to shoot the stars.
October 2, 2023: Today we head over to the east side of Yellowstone, photographing West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Hayden Valley. Of course, we hope to find impressive wildlife in the landscape, and have a good chance of photographing elk, bears, coyotes, and tundra swans. After a long and very productive day, we’ll head back to Gardiner and our rooms at Absaroka Lodge.
October 3, 2023: We’ll rise early to spend the day in Lamar Valley, often referred to as “America’s Serengeti”, looking for wildlife and landscapes. Lamar Valley is 40 miles of meandering rivers and amazing meadows broken by stands of pines and cottonwoods, and bounded by rolling mountains. This fantastic valley and the surrounding hills are home to large herds of bison as well as grizzly and black bear, several packs of wolves, and even a moose or two. We’ll finish the day with another image review and instruction session back in Gardiner.
October 4, 2023: On our last morning, we will photograph at sunrise in one of several locations in the Mammoth-Gardiner area. We’ll have another hearty breakfast before packing up, checking out, and driving back to Bozeman; we’ll aim to have you at the airport before noon.
Easy: You must be able to do short walks on trails and boardwalks
Arrive Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Montana before 2:00 PM on September 27, 2023. Flights out can be made after 1:00 PM on October 4, 2023.
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 $1,500 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- 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 $1,500 supplement.
“Greg was great. He gave as much attention as each of us wanted, in the depth that we each wanted, and at a level appropriate to our skills. He is an excellent teacher as well as a superior photographer. ”
“The workshop was excellent. Tom and Greg planned out the various stops and kept the group moving in a way that let us have time to photograph but also to maximize the various opportunities that the parks provided. Instruction from both Tom and Greg was both informative and relevant and was presented in each gent's unique manner. They each made the trip both instructional and fun and I would not hesitate to enroll in another workshop led by either or both of them.