2020 Yellowstone Winter Photo Tour with Max Waugh

January or February 2020

Join professional photographer Max Waugh on a one week visit to a winter wonderland. This is a unique opportunity to photograph Yellowstone's wildlife in a stark and beautiful winter environment. You'll also have a chance to spend a couple days in the park interior, which can only be reached by specialized winter vehicles. Max will serve as your primary guide and advisor on this adventure. Though this is primarily a tour rather than a hard-core workshop, Max will be on hand to shoot alongside you and advise you as needed as you photograph Yellowstone's great variety of subject matter.

To get an idea of some of the wildlife we might see during the trip, check out the photo gallery. If you would like to inquire about a customized tour or extension, read more here.

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Sample Itinerary (Exact Dates and Activities TBD)

Day 1: Pick up in Bozeman, Arrival in Yellowstone
Today we'll pick you up via group shuttle and transport you to Yellowstone National Park. Pick up is scheduled for early afternoon, so be sure to arrive in Bozeman either Thursday night or Friday morning.

Red fox
Red foxes are commonly seen in Yellowstone in winter.
From Bozeman, we make the hour-and-a-half drive south to Gardiner, Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Our arrival will give us an opportunity to check into our lodging before gathering for a group dinner and orientation.

Gardiner, 1 Night

Day 2: Into the Interior, Norris Geyser Basin or Hayden Valley, Madison River
Our first full day in Yellowstone is dedicated to exploration of the park's interior using a privately-chartered, track-converted snow coach. We will wake up early in order to meet our snow coach driver who will lead us deep into the snowy interior of the park. On the way south we will keep an eye out for wildlife, and will also stop at some of the geyser basins and other thermal areas along the way. Or we may make a detour to the Hayden Valley, which can be a hot spot in winter for foxes and river otters. We will spend the afternoon exploring the wildlife-rich Madison Riverin search of bobcats, elk, foxes, trumpeter swans, coyotes, and other wildlife commonly spotted along this scenic stretch.

West Yellowstone, 2 Nights

Trumpeter swan
Trumpeter swans congregate on the Madison River.
Day 3: Madison River, Old Faithful & Geysers and/or Hayden Valley
In the morning we will scour the Madison for wildlife again while on our way to Old Faithful. There should be some excellent landscape photo opportunities in the geyser basins, with hot, steaming thermals providing great contrast against snowy surroundings. This will include a visit to iconic Old Faithful and its neighboring geysers and pools. Depending on our schedule, we may head east to Yellowstone Lake and Hayden Valley before returning north to Gardiner.

River otter
Otters are among the potential wildlife highlights on a winter tour.
Days 4 - 6: Northern Range
We'll dedicate the rest of the trip to exploration of the park's Northern Range. After breakfast we will tour the area between the north and northeast entrances, where there will be numerous wildlife and scenic landscape photo opportunities. For this portion of the trip we will be based out of Gardiner, Montana, in the park's north corner. Our excursions will take us all along the Northern Range, between the north and northeast entrances (including the famed Lamar Valley), considered to be one of the best areas of the park to photograph wolves, moose, bison, elk, otters, bighorn sheep, foxes, ermines, eagles, coyotes, and other wildlife.

Gardiner, 3 Nights

Day 7: Return to Bozeman
We pack up to leave today, returning to Bozeman by late morning for flights home.

Tour Prices

  • TBD

A 25% deposit is required to reserve your place. This tour is limited to four guests.

Due to a cancellation, we have 1 spot available! Claim it here!

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Tour Prices Include:

  • Lodging in Gardiner and West Yellowstone during the tour
  • Transportation from and to Bozeman at the start and end of the trip via group shuttle
  • Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunches, as well as welcome dinner on first night
  • Photo Instruction (if desired) by Max
  • Guides and Drivers
  • Snow Coach Fees
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Taxes on all services

Tour Prices DO NOT Include:

  • Airfare to/from Bozeman
  • Lodging in Bozeman before/after the tour
  • Transportation to the park from Bozeman if you miss the shuttle
  • Gratuity for Guides and Drivers
  • Single supplement fee listed above
  • Dinners, except for welcome dinner on first night
  • Additional snacks, alcohol and other food not provided with breakfast or lunch

Please Note:

  • The itinerary listed above is subject to change, due to unpredictable weather or other factors.
  • The majority of our park exploration during the winter tour takes place in a vehicle. Many photo opportunities in Yellowstone take place close to the road. However, during our visit to thermal areas, we will be exploring on foot using the boardwalks and trails. Occasional wildlife sightings may prompt us to venture off the road, depending on walking conditions. Tour participants should feel comfortable carrying their photo gear on these short walks.
  • Deposits are refundable up to 90 days prior to the start of the tour, minus a $250 administrative fee. Within 90 days, deposits will not be refunded unless your spot is taken by another client and the tour sells out.
  • Your balance is due 90 days prior to the start of the tour. Failure to pay the balance in full will lead us to invite the next person on the waiting list.
  • Payments may be made via check or personal Paypal payment. If you wish to use a credit card, please add 2.9% to the total fee. We must wait for checks to clear before considering tour slots reserved or filled.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the tour for any reason, including but not limited to a lack of participants. In such a case, your full deposit will be refunded. However, we are not responsible for any additional expenses incurred.