Yellowstone in Winter

UPDATE: As of February 14, 2018, this workshop is sold out. We have openings on our January 2019 Yellowstone workshop, or you can contact us to be placed on the waiting list. 

Yellowstone has been called the "Serengeti of North America" and with good reason; it contains the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states. The numbers are staggering, sixty-seven different mammals live here, including grizzly bears, black bears, gray wolves, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, linx, elk, bison, moose, coyotes, and foxes—as well as other numerous small mammals.

What makes our Yellowstone workshop unique:

  • No more than 6 participants. This provides the best opportunities to capture those images when speed is of the essence—in exiting the vehicles and setting up, or when it is necessary to shoot right out of the window.
  • Plenty of room for your gear and warm clothing in the vehicles. You will have the best vantage point at all times, and you will never be held back by sitting in an overcrowded van or bus filled with too many other photographers.
  • Flexibility, which affords us the the opportunity to adjust the schedule in variable weather and allows us to cover unique topics that our participants are most interested in.

Juan is an accomplished professional photographer and educator who has a deep passion for the outdoors. His priority first and foremost is always on you and helping you express your own creativity, and to capture the unique images of Yellowstone that you envision. He believes that the one of the best ways to teach is by demonstrating, so after you're set up, will be shooting alongside you, sharing his unique vision, techniques and, love and knowledge of Yellowstone.

Some Topics We Will Cover During this Workshop Include:

  • How to create aesthetically pleasing wildlife and landscape photographs
  • Storytelling through natural history photography
  • Best use of equipment in varying circumstances
  • Long exposures, light painting, and time lapse photography
  • Panoramic and high dynamic range photography
  • Digital workflow
  • Adobe Lightroom basics
  • Personal critiques and image sharing throughout the workshop

Muench Workshops works with the National Parks and we always have the proper permits to operate in Yellowstone National Park.

“Authorized Permittee of the Yellowstone National Park.”


Yellowstone National Park




February 2–9, 2019

Fitness Level:

Walk up to one mile in snow, modest elevation gains at 7000' to 8,000' altitude


Sold Out

Juan was a great teacher, always supportive, very knowledgeable, funny and talented. He paid close attention to all students and met our various experience levels. As one of the less experienced people in the group, I never once felt out of place or disregarded. Thanks for a great experience.
— Kathy Martin, Acadia ’15, Yukon Northern Lights ’16, Norway ’17, Greenland ’17, Antarctica ’17 Patagonia, ‘17

Itinerary and General Information

February 2, 2019: You should arrive into Bozeman airport (BZN) no later than 1:00 PM on the first day of the workshop and depart no earlier than 11:00 AM on the last day of the workshop.. Instructors to pick participants at airport and transfer to hotel in Gardiner. Introduction meeting and go over conditions and wildlife reports and final itinerary. Overnight in Gardiner

February 3, 2019: After breakfast head to Mammoth for a brief stop and introduction to geological features. Travel to Lamar Valley, stopping at different photo opportunities along the way. Lunch in Cooke City. Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar. Evening photography opportunity at Mammoth; thermal features doing light painting and long exposure photography
Overnight in Gardiner.

February 4, 2019: Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar Valley. Evening presentations, program and/or image review. Overnight in Gardiner.

February 5, 2019: Very long day out in the field, beginning with a private snow coach to Old Faithful Basin. There will be many wildlife and scenic opportunities along the way. Evening photography opportunity at Old Faithful—thermal features doing light painting and long exposure photography. Overnight in Old Faithful.

February 6, 2019: Travel via private snow coach along the Madison River, looking for wildlife opportunities as well as scenics. Old Faithful thermal features late afternoon. Overnight in Old Faithful.

February 7, 2019: Travel via private snow coach back to Mammoth and visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and look for wildlife and other scenic opportunities. Overnight in Gardiner.

February 8, 2019: Travel to Lamar Valley stopping at different photo opportunities along the way, lunch in Cooke City. Travel from Cooke City back to Mammoth/Gardiner via Lamar Valley. Evening trip recap and image presentations. Overnight in Gardiner.

February 9, 2019: Travel to Bozeman airport for departures. Flights home can be scheduled for after 11:00 AM.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
  • All transportation during the workshop including snow coach and gratuities for snow coach driver
  • All meals during workshop + snacks + water in the vehicles
  • All permits and fees during the workshop
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from Juan Pons
  • Inspiration, fun, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Your transportation to and from Bozeman Montana airport (BZN), and any lodging in Bozeman before or after the workshop dates (we can make lodging arrangements for you). Travel and trip cancellation insurance (optional). Alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature. Anything specifically not mentioned as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $2,500 is due at sign up and will hold your space in the workshop. The of $4,495 is due by November 1, 2018. If you are registering after that date, please make your payment in full. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

Yellowstone in winter is a magical place. Year after year, this workshop fills up a year in advance. Sign up now to reserve your spot on this workshop. Got questions?