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Yellowstone Winter Instructional Photo Tour

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Yellowstone Winter Instructional Photo Tour


Yellowstone National Park Photo Tours and Workshops Winter

Join us on a photo tour or workshop to photograph winter in Yellowstone. Photograph one of the world’s greatest snow covered ecosystems. Winter is magical in Yellowstone, when visitors are few and wildlife viewing is outstanding. In the chilled air, see bubbling mud pots and gushing geysers eerily veiled in steam.

World famous Yellowstone is one of the most exciting places in the world to photograph landscapes and wildlife. This is a must see on any nature photographer's and wildlife lover's list. Join us as we explore this winter wonderland and the surrounding areas. Discover the phenomenal photography opportunities of Yellowstone’s quiet season. Explore the park by snowcoach deep into the wilds of Yellowstone.

We will photograph the dramatic waterfalls, geyser eruptions, thermal pools and steaming fumaroles. The icy Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is a site you will never forget. Sunrise in a snow covered geyser basin.

Yellowstone is one of the premiere wildlife viewing areas in the US. Wildlife is everywhere and people are few and far between. Wildlife stands out against the wintry background. Heavy snow in the higher mountain force wildlife to come to the low valleys, rivers, and geyser basins. Herds of bison walking thru the snow. Numerous big game species are in this area. We will look for buffalo, elk, coyotes, moose, wolves, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and bald eagles. We will visit a section of the park along a river were Bobcats are commonly photographed. The mammals will have their prime winter fur. Bird sightings can be very exciting, as we will look for trumpeter swans, bald eagles, and great grey owls or whatever else we discover. We will visit Lamar valley the premiere wolf wildlife location.

John Slonina has been photographing Yellowstone for almost 20 years. He is an authorized permittee of the national park. He experience brings in depth knowledge of the area and its resident wildlife.

When: January 13-21, 2021

Where: Yellowstone National Park

Tour begins and ends in Bozeman, Montana. No need to rent a car.

Price: $ Please see website

Per person includes hotel, Park admission and transportation.

Deposit: $500


Each day we maximize the best opportunities at the best time of day.


Each day we maximize the best opportunities at the best time of day.

Day 1: Participants fly into the Bozeman Montana (BZN) Airport. There is a free shuttle to the hotel. We will meet at 6 pm. We will have dinner followed by an introductory meeting, review safety guidelines, and discuss recent wildlife sightings and behavior. We will also discuss plans, goals and objectives for the upcoming week.

Evening Lecture

Day 2: 10 AM: We will be picked up in a private van and drive to the to the host hotel. Along the way we will photograph Paradise Valley which has some great wildlife and landscapes. We will photograph wildlife including some that we will not see when we enter Yellowstone.

Hotel: The hotel is located in Gardiner Montana. This location is ideal since it gives us easy access to the best winter locations in Yellowstone.

Day 3-5: We will have our own van and explore the incredible Lamar Valley. This is one of the best places in the world at the best time of year to photograph wolves. We will also be looking for other wildlife like bighorn sheep, bald eagles, river otters, bison, coyotes and elk.

Day 6-8: We will photograph sunrise and wildlife during peak activity. We will also photograph geysers, wildlife, waterfalls etc. Travel by private snow coach to a geothermal wonderland. We will visit locations including the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Old Faithful, erupting Geysers, bubbling mud pots, vibrant colored pools, rivers, waterfalls, and fumaroles. We will be also be looking for frost covered Bison, Elk, Swans, Eagles, Otters, and Bobcats. The warm thermal area attract the wildlife.

Day 9: Travel Day. We will check out For more Info

For More info or to sign up please visit our website. Click on the photo tours page and select the tour you want to learn about.

Logistics: We cover sides of the park from the same hotel. We access the best locations by snowcoach and also by private van.

We don't need to waste a day traveling from West Yellowstone to Gardiner.

Group Size:

We have a small group size which is substantially smaller than other tour companies. This will maximize learning and allow us to get closer to wildlife. I want to make sure you get the best shots while we are on location.

We will be traveling in one private vehicle. We use both a van and snowcoach designed for wildlife viewing and photography. We can access more remote areas and respond quicker to wildlife.

What's Included:

The hotels are included in this tour (8 nights stay).

Also included are gates fees, shuttle, snow coaches, private vans and permits

All Transportation is covered

Breakfast and lunches will be covered.

About Us:

John Slonina is a professional nature photographer who has been photographing for over 30 years. John has a love of natural history. During the workshop, you will receive information on photography techniques and the natural world. Understanding nature not only increases your appreciation of it but also helps you become a better nature photographer.
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
850 Gallatin Field Rd · Belgrade, MT
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