America's Iconic National Parks in Fall Color
September 29 – October 6, 2024
Describing Yellowstone National Park will be filled with superlatives—the 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 the most famous geyser in the world, Old Faithful.
The Teton 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 Teton National Parks. The landscape is going through a transformation. Animals are out and about, getting ready for winter. On this workshop, you will have experienced guides who are intimately familiar with these parks.
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 vistas in North America and a 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 teach 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 29, 2024: Arrive in Bozeman, MT, anytime before 2:00 PM. We’ll pick you up at the airport and take you to the Gardiner hotel. At 5:00 PM, we’ll meet for introductions and a group dinner where we’ll get to know each other and talk about the exciting week of photography ahead.
September 30, 2024: Sunrise at Mammoth Hot Springs. After breakfast, we will drive south through Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Park, with stops for thermal features, wildlife, and fall color. We’ll stay at the fabulous Jackson Lake Lodge for the next two nights.
October 1, 2024: From Sunrise through sunset, we’ll photograph some of the iconic views of the Tetons and search for bison, pronghorn, and moose. We will also have an image review, evaluating composition and technique, plus post-processing instruction.
October 2, 2024: Following sunrise at the Oxbow on the Snake River, we’ll concentrate on photographing wildlife and then head north, back to Yellowstone National Park. We will be lodging and dining at the historic Old Faithful Inn for the next two nights.
October 3, 2024: 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. We’ll work the Upper and Middle Geyser Basins from the afternoon through sunset to capture colorful thermal pools and fountaining geysers. We will go out to shoot the stars if the night skies are clear.
October 4, 2024: Today we head over to the east side of Yellowstone, photographing West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of 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 productive day, we’ll head back to Gardiner and our rooms at Absaroka Lodge.
October 5, 2024: 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 bears, 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 6, 2024: 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 29, 2024. Flights out can be made after 1:00 PM on October 6, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
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. ”
“Congratulations on hiring Joseph Roybal! He is clearly a master of all aspects of his craft, an exceptional leader and team player and he's superb at understanding the group's needs as well as those of each individual. He did an outstanding job of ensuring we had the basics down pat, understood and tried new techniques in the field and in the post processing of our images. He is a wonderful addition to your team and will be a significant asset in the months and hopefully years to come! ”
“I have been on many photography workshops over the years; the level of instruction on this one far exceeded any other. ”