Yellowstone Winter Wonderland - The Yurt Tour 2017
Dates: January 7 - 14, 2017 (8days/7nights)
Locations: Bozeman, Chico Hot Springs, Gardiner, Canyon Yurt Camp
Tour Size: Cindy plus 7 people Sold Out
Cost: $4650 per person (All single accommodation)
As Always, Rate this one 5 stars! This is the Best of the Best winter trips! An all-inclusive package, we will spend four nights at the Canyon Yurt Camp deep in the interior of Yellowstone, where we will have the Camp to ourselves. The Camp provides delicious food, with wine and beer included, and we will have two private snow coaches at our disposal for the entire five days. Our location will enable us to be at Lower Falls at both sunrise and sunset, and also to access Hayden Valley at first light and by moonlight. On clear nights, we can visit Upper Falls to put into practice our NIght Photography lessons. There will be opportunities to snowshoe while we are at camp. As well as personal tuition, lectures and slideshows, I also ask you to bring with you on a flash drive, 10 images of your choice for discussion and critique on the evening of Day 5.
We will end our tour with two days photographing Mammoth Hot Springs and the Lamar valley, the Serengeti of North America.
Wildlife photographed on this tour previously included trumpeter swan, bobcat, coyote, great gray owl, eagles, bison, fox, elk, pronghorn, moose, bighorn sheep, marten, otter and assorted other birds.
Day 1 – Saturday January 7
1:00 pm: I will pick up participants in Bozeman and we will travel together to Chico Hot Springs Resort. After check-in, we will meet to review camera settings, check equipment, followed by a digital photography lecture and slide show. Next on the agenda is a fabulous welcome dinner followed by a relaxing and therapeutic soak in the hot springs. Dinner and lodging at Chico Hot Springs. Don't forget a bathing suit!
Day 2 – Sunday January 8
6:00 am: Depart Chico for Mammoth Hot Springs. Depart Mammoth Hot Springs in 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. Arrive Yurt camp around 2:00pm. After check-in, travel by two private snow coaches to Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Sunset at Canyon and Lower Falls. Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp. Evening Lecture: Night Photography Tips.
Day 3 – Monday January 10
Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp. Depart in snow coaches for sunrise at Lower/Upper Falls or off to Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano and then wherever the light and wildlife takes us until moonrise and sundown. Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp.
Day 4 – Tuesday January 10
Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp. Depart in snow coaches for sunrise and swans on the Yellowstone River or off to Hayden Valley and Yellowstone Lake or the Madison River, and wherever the light and wildlife takes us until sundown. Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp.
Day 5 – Wednesday January 11
Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp. Depart in snow coaches for Lake, Pelican Valley and West Thumb and wherever the light and wildlife takes us until sundown. Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp. Image discussion and critique. (Bring the 10 images of your choice on a thumb drive)
Day 6 – Thursday January 12
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. Check into Gardiner Super 8. 7:00 pm Dinner at the Yellowstone Mine Co.
Day 7 – Friday January 13
Depart Gardiner at 6:30 am and travel to Lamar Valley. Spend all day on the Northern Range, wildlife, abstracts, snowscapes. Hopefully the Wolf Project will be able to give us a 30 minute talk in the field. Dinner and overnight in Gardiner.
Day 8 – Saturday January 14
Depart Gardiner at 6:30 am 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 depart for Bozeman for the airport or the Holiday Inn Express to arrive by 5:00pm.
Days 9 & 10 - Optional Adobe Lightroom Workflow Workshop.
An intensive two day, 16-hour workshop, working from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day.
The fee includes training, comprehensive handouts, a customized workflow chart, coffee, snacks and lunch.
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; welcome dinner at Chico Hot Springs; Park entrance fees; lodging at Chico Hot Springs, Yurt Camp and Gardiner; 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. 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 (not Belgrade) 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.
To Reserve any Group Yellowstone Photography Tour please Contact Cindy.