Grand Teton National Park, Fall

Fall in the Grand Teton National Park is a gift to any photographer attempting to capture nature at its finest.  The colors of the park dramatically change establishing astonishing landscape settings with the dominating Tetons as a backdrop.  Bears are fattening up and actively feeding in the lower elevations while Elk and Moose fiercely compete for mates as the Rut swings into high gear.  As the bugling of the Elk warn all that winter is coming, you can’t help but slow down and appreciate the opportunity to capture this magical time of year with your camera. That is where Tripod Travelers steps in.  We plan several trips to the Grand Tetons each year during Spring, Summer, and Fall as the park offers many unique perspectives as the seasons change.  Our Fall Trips focus on the Rut, Bears, Moose, and Elk.  We get our clients in safe positions to learn, appreciate, and capture these incredible animals as they prepare for winter.  Whether Bears digging up Tubers, Elk beginning their annual migration to the Elk reserve or Moose competing in a marsh for their companion; we do our research and leverage our experience to teach our clients how to locate and photograph these animals as they all focus on the next 6 months of surviving the harsh cold that lies ahead.  The landscape is also quickly transforming with Fall colors making for incredible landscape opportunities. Based on the time of year, we know the specific locations animals frequent throughout the park and we get you safely in position to seize the opportunity of photographing nature at its finest.   Not only are your group leaders experts in photographing and navigating these magnificent landmarks; they pride themselves on maintaining and respecting the natural environment of all parks they visit.


Objectives for the Trip:

  • Create a learning environment where we get both you and your camera ready for the many types of wildlife and nature photography opportunities we will experience. There will be several working sessions in the field to help you improve your photography skills and practice anticipating and reacting to both animals and the environment in which you are shooting.  
  • Visit locations that place our photographers in the best viewing areas to capture animals in their natural habitat; including Moose, Bear, Elk, Bison, and many other animals as presented. Our focus will be early mornings and late afternoons in locations that give our clients the best chance to photograph at designated, safe distances.
  • The Tetons is one of the best places in America to capture amazing foregrounds against the stunning Mountain Range background.  We will take full advantage of sunrise and sunset opportunities incorporating the Tetons, wildlife and other subjects in frame. If the skies are favorable, we will also venture out at night for an optional session to capture the Milky Way in the park. 
  • We are authorized park permittees in all government regulated locations we visit, this includes National Parks and Wildlife Refuges.  Be careful booking any trip with travel companies that cannot provide proper documentation, it can end your trip very quickly. 


Important Details

Weather:  Avg. day temps: Mid 40’s. Evening temps: Low 20’s.


Clothing:  Winter Coats, Dress in Layers, Beanies, Gloves, Hiking type Boots. 


Equipment: DSLR or Mirrorless Camera, Wide Angle and Zoom Lenses. Tripod, Monopod, protective case to store your equipment. Bring enough Memory and back-up batteries to last a full day of shooting, it is not uncommon to shoot over a 1000 photos a day on our trips. Always bring weather proofing protection for your camera and lens. Optional, ND filters to freeze water or achieve specific effects to landscape photos. If you plan on photographing stars, please bring your own headlamp and flashlight. If you have any questions about equipment, please call us.


Activities: We will be driving to several locations. Hiking on this trip is scheduled to be mild, all hikes below 1/4 mile, mostly on flat ground.  


Meals: We will be eating breakfast at the hotel or local establishment.  Lunches at a local establishment or picnic.  Dinners will be at a local restaurant that has a variety of options.  If you have a specific meal requirement, please let us know on the registration form. 


Lodging: We are excited to be staying at one of the most sought out locations in the park. This allows you to be continually submersed in the grandeur that is the Grand Tetons. It also puts you close to the action, reducing drive time and increasing photography time. Our clients will be able to recharge in a lodge that offers spectacular views of the Tetons, rustic décor, and outstanding service.


Safety: Your guides are certified in First Aid and CPR.  We also carry a Satellite phone as many locations we venture into have unreliable to no cell service.  We follow all rules, regulations, and laws in all locations we visit.  This helps keep you and the wildlife safe while preserving the beautiful nature around us for the next generation to experience. Bear Spray is carried by both guides at all times when in the park. If you would like to carry your own bear spray, this is optional. Tripod Travelers has a no Firearm Policy, guides and clients are not authorized to carry personal firearms at any time.

Fall in Grand Teton National Park: Sept. 20th-Sept. 26th, 2020

Price per Person, Double Occupancy
  • Trip Highlights

    Dates: Sept 20th – Sept 26th,  2020
    Origin: Sept 25th: Jackson Hole Airport, land before 3p, Tripod Travelers will pick up clients
    Departure: Sept 30th: Jackson Hole Airport, depart after 1p, Tripod Travelers will drop off clients
    Total Photographers: 6
    Ground Transportation: 10 Person Touring Van
    Hotel Cities: Grand Teton National Park
    Photography Subjects: Wildlife and Landscape
    Key Learnings: Capturing Wildlife, Subjects in Motion, Composition, Landscapes, Exposure, Shutter Speeds, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, Histogram, Raw vs. JPEG, Camera Settings, Presets, Post Processing, and more.

    Sept 20: All Travelers meet at lodge by 5p.  Orientation, meet and greet, dinner at local establishment.  

    Sept 21: 6a breakfast, drive to key locations to photograph wildlife. 12p, lunch inside the park. 1:30p return to wildlife locations and photograph through afternoon. Dinner and return to park to photograph wildlife and sunset. 

    Sept 22: 630a sunrise at two locations, breakfast in the park. Continue wildlife photography.  12p, lunch in the park, break until 3p, post processing and picture reviews. Early dinner, return to park to photograph wildlife and sunset. 

    Sept 23: 630a sunrise and breakfast in the park. Continue wildlife photography.  12p lunch, break until 3p, picture review and post processing discussions at the lodge.  Early dinner, return to park for late afternoon wildlife and sunset. Optional: Star photography after 12a (2 hrs)

    Sept 24: 730a breakfast at lodge. Wildlife photography in the am.  Lunch and break until 3p. Return to park and continue wildlife photography and sunset.  Optional: Star photography after 12a (2 hrs)

    Sept 22: 630a sunrise at two locations, breakfast in the park. Continue wildlife photography.  12p, lunch in the park, break until 3p, post processing and picture reviews. Early dinner, return to park to photograph wildlife and sunset. 

    Sept 26: Breakfast 730a, hotel checkout at 11a. Photo reviews and post processing discussions. Departures made after 1p.   

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