Yellowstone Winter Wonderland  2017 - No2

Yellowstone Winter Wonderland 2017 - No2

Dates:  January 19 - 26, 2017   (8 days/7 nights)

Locations:  Bozeman, Gardiner, and Canyon Yurt Camp
Tour size:  Cindy plus 7 people
Cost:  $5,600.00 per person (All single accommodation)

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Rate this one with 5 stars!  This is the best of the best winter trips!  An all-inclusive package, the tour begins with two plus days photographing Mammoth Hot Springs and the Lamar Valley – the ‘Serengeti of North America’.  We will then travel to Canyon and stay four nights at the Yurt Camp deep in the interior of Yellowstone.  The camp provides unique accommodation, delicious food with wine and beer included, and we will have the camp to ourselves.

We will have two private snow-coaches at our disposal for the entire five days, and our location enables us to be at Lower Falls at both sunrise and sunset, and to access Hayden Valley at first light and by moonlight.  On clear nights, we can visit the Grand Canyon and Upper Falls to put our night photography lessons into practice.  There will be opportunities to snowshoe while we are at camp.  As well as personal instruction, lectures and slideshows, on the evenings of Day 5 & 6, we will also discuss and critique your own favorite images.  
Please bring 10 images of your choice on a flash drive.

Wildlife photographed on this year’s tour included: trumpeter swan, bobcat, coyote, otter, wolves, eagles, bison, fox, elk, pronghorn, moose, bighorn sheep, marten and assorted other birds.

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Details:

Day 1 – Thursday January 19

11:00 am:  I will meet participants in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman where we will review camera settings and check equipment, followed by a digital photography lecture and slide show.  After lunch we will make a quick stop at Bozeman Camera & Repair for any last minute items and continue on to Gardiner and check into our Hotel.  Next will be an evening wildlife drive, followed by dinner.  Dinner and lodging at the Best Western, Gardiner, Montana. 

Day 2 – Friday January 20

6:30 am:  Depart Gardiner and travel to Lamar Valley.  Spend all day on the Northern Range with wildlife, abstracts and snowscapes.  Hopefully the Wolf Project will be able to give us a 30-minute talk in the field.  Dinner and overnight in Gardiner.  Evening Lecture:  Night Photography Tips.

Day 3 – Saturday January 21

6:45 am:  Depart Gardiner and photograph the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs in the clean morning light.  We will also hope to photograph pronghorn and bighorn sheep in the Gardiner Basin and bull elk on the Blacktail Plateau.  After lunch we will head one last time into the Lamar Valley until sundown.  Dinner and overnight in Gardiner. 

Day 4 – Sunday January 22

6:20 am:  Depart Gardiner for Mammoth Hot Springs, where we will board our private snow coach.  Sunrise on Swan Lake Flats, ghost trees at Norris Geyser Basin and whatever wildlife happens to be out and about.  We will have a box lunch this day, and arrive at Yurt camp around 2:00 pm.  After check-in, we travel by two private snow coaches to Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano and Sunset at Canyon and Lower Falls.  Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp. 

Day 5 – Monday January 23

Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp.  Depart in snow coaches for the sunrise on Mount Washburn and then, depending on weather and wildlife activity, off to Madison River or to Hayden Valley and wherever the light and wildlife take us until sundown.  Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp.  Image discussion and critique, Part 1.

Day 6 – Tuesday January 24

Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp.  Depart in snow coaches for sunrise at Lower/Upper Falls and then off to Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano and wherever the light and wildlife take us until sundown.  Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp.  Image discussion and critique, Part 2.

Day 7 – Wednesday January 25

Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp.  Depart in snow coaches for sunrise with swans on the Yellowstone River, or to Hayden Valley and Yellowstone Lake or the Madison River, then wherever the light and wildlife take us until sundown.  Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp.

Day 8 – Thursday January 26

Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp.  Depart in snow coach for sunrise and photograph until after lunch.  At 1:00 pm we will depart camp and travel back to Mammoth via snow coach, photographing on the way.  Depart Mammoth for the Holiday Inn Express Bozeman, arriving around 7:00 pm.  Tour ends.

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Tour Includes:  All meals and lodging are included.  Field and evening instruction with Cindy – as much or as little as you wish!  Transportation from Bozeman to Yellowstone and back; Park entrance fees; lodging at Gardiner and Yurt Camp; private snow coaches and drivers for five days; and transportation to/from Lamar Valley. 

Tour Price Does NOT Include:  Alcohol (except beer and wine while at the Yurt Camp), Gratuities or round-trip transportation between your home and Bozeman.  We suggest that you arrive in Bozeman the night before.  If you choose to do so please make reservation at the Holiday Inn Express in Bozeman, which offers an airport shuttle and is where I will pick you up on Day 1.  Meals and lodging are your responsibility on the day before and after the tour.

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To Reserve any Group Yellowstone Photography Tour please Contact Cindy.


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