Yellowstone Photo Tours with Max Waugh

Tours led by a professional photographer with over a decade of park experience

I've just completed the fall tour to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Check the Tour Reports page for the summary of this tour and upcoming testimonials and photos from clients. We will be offering the fall tour again in 2015!

"Max's knowledge of the animals, their habits, and locations they like to frequent was evident from the first day through the last. This trip was more than I ever imagined, it was definitely a trip of a lifetime." –Richard B.
Join wildlife photographer Max Waugh on a week-long tour of the world's first national park! Yellowstone remains the premier place for general wildlife photography in the continental US and perhaps all of North America. The variety and proximity of wildlife is often unmatched elsewhere. Whether your focus is predators like bears and wolves, or powerful giants like elk and bison, or even smaller critters such as rodents or birds, Yellowstone has something for nearly every wildlife photographer.

Max Waugh has been photographing wildlife in the region since the year 2000 and has become intimate with some of the best locations to find many of the park's major species. Having previously published maps and guides used by thousands of visitors every year, Max is now able to share his knowledge first-hand on these guided Yellowstone photo tours.

Yellowstone in Spring: May 30 - June 6, 2015

Yellowstone and Spring Wildlife Photo Tour
This tour is all about the wildlife! Spring is the best time of year to be in the park if your goal is to see and photograph the greatest variety of species, not to mention a lot of cute baby animals.

The spring tour focuses on the park's north and east wildlife-rich quadrants, but we'll go wherever great animal photo ops can be found. There's no shortage of subjects, from grizzly bears and wolves uncovering winter carcasses to newborn bison, elk and deer, to migrating birds passing through the park or building their nests. Our latest spring tours were incredible in terms of the variety and volume of subjects. Don't wait to sign up for next year's tour.

Learn More About the Spring Yellowstone Tour!

Yellowstone & Grand Teton Fall Tour: 2015

Yellowstone and Grand Teton Autumn Photo Tour
We recently completed our 2014 fall tour, covering the best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. It was a great mix of gorgeous autumn color and wildlife, including rutting elk, pronghorn and moose.

Next year we will offer an expanded version of this tour, with more days allocated for photography in both Yellowstone and the Tetons. This is the ideal tour for those interested in shooting everything the ecosystem has to offer, from animals to the golden leaves of autumn. We will rise early for sunrise landscape opportunities and morning wildlife activity. We'll seek out bears fattening up for winter, as well as male moose, elk and pronghorn laying claim to females during the autumn rut, and much more. Look for news about the 2015 fall photo tour coming soon!

Yellowstone in Winter: 2015 or 2016

Yellowstone Winter Photo Tour
In winter months, the park can be cold and harsh, yet also stark and beautiful. There are bountiful landscape and scenic photo opportunities, and also a chance to encounter several of the park's species that endure the difficult conditions. Wolves, foxes, moose and river otters are a few of the popular species that we will seek out during our exploration of Yellowstone's Northern Range.

The winter tour also gives you a special opportunity to visit Yellowstone's remote interior, which is closed off to wheeled traffic during the winter. We'll visit several of the park's famous thermal areas, which remain active year-round and provide unique landscape photo opportunities. Our trip to the interior also involves visits to the Madison River (home to endangered trumpeter swans) and the vast Hayden Valley and Yellowstone Falls.

Our next winter tour will be in either 2015 or '16. View a sample itinerary.