Yellowstone Winter Wonderland 2013
Yellowstone Winter Wonderland - The Yurt Tour 2013
Dates: February 20 – 26, 2013 (7 days/6 nights)
Locations: Gardiner, Canyon Yurt Camp
Tour size: Cindy plus 6 people
Cost: $3100 per person
Rate this one with 5 stars! This is the best of the best winter trips! An all-inclusive package, we will stay four nights at the Canyon Yurt Camp, deep in the interior of Yellowstone, where we will have our own private snowcoach for 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. The Full Moon on the 25th will add a magical element to the experience. We will end our tour with a day in the Lamar Valley, the Serengeti of North America. There will be opportunities to snowshoe in Canyon, Hayden and Lamar. Also, bring with you ten images of your choice for discussion and critique on the evening of Day 5.
The Tour is guided and instructed by Cindy. In order to maximize our chances of photographing wildlife, we will be driven by a professional naturalist and wildlife spotter while traveling in both snowcoach and van. Both vehicles are 12 passenger vans providing us with ample room for 6 participants and gear.
Day 1 – Wednesday February 20
4:00 pm: I will pick up participants in Bozeman and we will travel together through Paradise Valley, stopping for a fantastic dinner at the renowned Chico Hot Springs Resort. Bring a bathing suit if you like! After dinner we will head to Gardiner and check-in at the Super 8. Equipment check and Digital Lecture/Slideshow.
Day 2 – Thursday February 21
7:10 am: Depart Mammoth Terraces in our private snowcoach. Sunrise on Swan Lake Flats, Norris Geyser Basin, etc. Arrive Yurt camp in time for lunch. After check in and lunch, travel via snowcoach to Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Sunset at Canyon and Lower Falls. Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp.
Day 3 – Friday February 22
Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp. Depart in snowcoach for sunrise at Lower/Upper Falls or off to Hayden Valley, and then wherever the light and wildlife takes us until sundown and moonrise. Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp.
Day 4 – Saturday February 23
Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp. Depart in snowcoach for sunrise and swans on the Yellowstone River or off to Hayden Valley or the Madison River, and wherever the light and wildlife takes us until sundown and moonrise. Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp.
Day 5 – Sunday February 24
Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp. Depart in snowcoach for Lake, Pelican Valley and West Thumb and wherever the light and wildlife takes us until sundown and moonrise. Dinner and overnight in Canyon Yurt Camp. Image discussion and critique.
Day 6 – Monday February 25
Breakfast and lunch provided by Yurt Camp. Depart in snowcoach for sunrise and photograph until after lunch. At 3:00 pm we will depart camp and travel back to Mammoth Hot Springs. Check into Super 8. 7:00 pm Dinner at the Yellowstone Mine Co.
Day 7 – Tuesday February 26
Depart Gardiner at 6:30 am and travel to Lamar Valley. Spend until early afternoon on the Northern Range, abstracts, wildlife, snowscapes. Depart for Bozeman for the airport or your Bozeman Hotel by 5:00 pm.
Tour Includes: 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; all lodging at Gardiner and Canyon Yurt Camp; private snow coaches and drivers for 5 days, and transportation to/from Lamar Valley. All meals are included with the exception of Dinner on Day 6 in Gardiner.
Tour Does NOT Include: Round trip transportation between your home and Bozeman; snowshoe rental; Dinner on Day 6 in Gardiner; alcohol with meals except at Chico Hot Springs on Day 1.