Yellowstone in Winter

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 two pros 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. While in Lamar Valley, we travel with two very large SUVs, with only three guests per vehicle, so you can get in and out quickly as needed, to get the shot.

Wildlife: 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 even the tiny long-tailed weasel! In the rivers, we hope to photograph otters, ducks, swans, and other birds.

Landscapes: We have many favorite locations to photograph, but we’re always on the lookout for interesting compositions in great light. We have sweeping vistas and smaller, more intimate scenes as well. There are thermal features, travertine terraces, geysers, mud pots, hot springs, and fumaroles. We can shoot long exposures of moving water, moving clouds, and moving steam. Of course, we’ll maximize our time at sunrise and sunset if the skies cooperate.

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.

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.”

Location:

Yellowstone National Park

Tuition:

$7,495

Dates:

January 25–February 1, 2020

Fitness Level:

Moderate
Walks in snow of up to one mile,
modest elevation gains
at 7000' to 8,000' altitude.

Availability:

Sold Out – Wait List
Limited to 6 Guests

If you want a seamless photographic experience, Muench Workshops should be your first choice. From first contact to well after the workshop they are interested in helping you be a better photographer.
— Debbie McIntosh, Mongolia Winter 2019

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.

January 25, 2020: 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 1:00 PM on the last day of the workshop. Andy and Lisa will pick you up at the airport and transfer to 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 and go over conditions and wildlife reports and final itinerary. Overnight in Gardiner

January 26, 2020: 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.

January 27, 2020: We’ll spend another day looking for wildlife in Lamar Valley, and possibly sunset at Mammoth Hot Springs.

January 28, 2020: 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.

January 29, 2020: 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.

January 30, 2020: Travel via private snow coach back to Mammoth and visit the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone“ and look for wildlife and other scenic opportunities. Overnight in Gardiner.

January 31, 2020: 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 1, 2020: Travel to Bozeman airport for departures. Flights home can be scheduled for after 12:30 PM.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

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 two pros

  • 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 $3,000 is due at sign up and will hold your space in the workshop. The of $4,995 is due by October 1, 2019. 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?