Winter in Yellowstone Nov. 6 - Nov. 11 2020

Grand Teton National Park, Fall

Yellowstone had roughly 4 million visitors run through the park in 2018. The bulk of these guests visit  May through October. As the short Fall season fades, the park's temperature drops and moisture channeled from the Pacific Ocean begins to push east.  This is the kickoff to Winter in Yellowstone, one of the most dramatic seasonal transitions in North America.  The Public is conditioned, once November begins, access to Yellowstone ends.  What many don't understand, The North entrance remains open year round, giving wildlife photographers incredible access to the greater Lamar Valley.  Early November is wonderful time to visit the park as there are virtually zero crowds yet animals are extremely accessible.  Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Moose, Fox, Deer, Coyote, and more are available and highly active. Grizzly and Black Bear are beginning their transition into hibernation, but can still be found on carcasses or foraging around the valley.  Wolves, mainly the Slough Creek pack are actively on the prowl and are one of the stars at this time of the year.  From a photographer's perspective, there are several key areas we take advantage of directly from the side of the road or some short hikes to get us closer to the action. If you are looking for a unique opportunity to capture Yellowstone's amazing wildlife in winter backdrops, with expert guides who have over a decade exploring Yellowstone, then come join us as we take you on a memorable, unique journey. 


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.
  • 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: Low 30’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 1/2 mile, mostly on flat ground.  


Meals: We will be eating breakfast at the hotel, local establishment or on the road.  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: Will be located in Gardiner, Montana. 


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.

Winter in Yellowstone Nov. 6 - Nov. 11 2020

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  • Trip Highlights

    Dates: Nov 6th – Nov 11th,  2020
    Origin: Nov 6th: Bozeman Montana Airport, arrive before 4P
    Departure: Nov 11th: Bozeman Airport, departures after 12p
    Total Photographers: 6
    Ground Transportation: 10 Person Van or Similar Vehicle. 
    Hotel Cities: Gardiner Montana
    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.

    Nov. 6: Arrive in Bozeman MT, before 4PM

    We collect all clients and transfer from the airport.  Welcome Dinner in Gardiner.

    Nov. 7: Yellowstone

    After early Breakfast, Photograph in the park from Sunrise to Sunset, Lunch in the Park, Dinner in Gardiner. 

    Nov. 8: – Yellowstone
    After early Breakfast, Photograph in the park from Sunrise to Sunset, Lunch in the Park, Dinner in Gardiner. 

    Nov. 9: Yellowstone
    After early Breakfast, Photograph in the park from Sunrise to Sunset, Lunch in the Park, Dinner in Gardiner. 

    Nov. 10: Yellowstone
    After early Breakfast, Photograph in the park from Sunrise to Sunset, Lunch in the Park, Dinner in Gardiner. 

    Nov. 11: Transfer back to Bozeman Airport. 
    After early breakfast, return back to Airport.

    Add on Opportunity: We will be traveling to New Mexico to conduct a Workshop in Bosque Del Apache, please inquire if you are interested in extending your trip to include this amazing birding event. 

    If you have any questions please contact us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Double or Single Occupancy Client?

We price all of our workshops on a per person, double occupancy basis. Simply put, if you are planning to share a room then you are double occupancy clients. If paying together choose: min deposit, remaining balance, or payment in full Qty 2.. If you are sharing a room yet paying separately, you would each choose the above selections, Qty 1. If you are traveleing solo, a single occupancy charge is applied as all hotels are booked as double occupancy. In this case you would select min. deposit, single occupancy remaining balance, or single occupancy payment in full. If we have Single Occupants who both agree to share a room (same sex), Tripod Travelers can help coordinate to save both people money. This will only occur if both parties agree.

How does the payment and deposit process work?

Payment Types We accept payment using both Credit and Debit cards; VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover payment types. Our website allows for deposits, remaining balance payments, or payments in full to be conveniently transacted online. If you would like to pay by check or you have other questions regarding our payment process, please contact us directly. Deposits and Final Payments A deposit is required to reserve your spot on the trip. We ask for a $500 deposit per person. Most trips are held to six photographers, the sooner your deposit is secured the better. Once you have paid your Deposit, you will receive a receipt. You then must return back to our site and pay the Remaining Balance 90 days before the workshop begins. Tripod Travelers will send reminders along the way. Deposits for unique or international trips may vary. Full payment for your trip is due 90 days prior to the first day of your trips itinerary. If you reserve a trip within 90 days of the trip's first itinerary date, no deposit is needed; we only accept payment in full.

What is included in the pricing?

Our all inclusive itinerary cannot be beat. A lot of our competitors leave the burden on their customer to arrange hotel accomodations, ground transportation, meals, snacks, and even coordinate their way to the actual workshop. At Tripod Travelers, we have both the experience and capacity to completely take care of you. Our clients spend zero time managing a vacation and instead focus on relaxing and engaging nature while learning photography. This is what makes Tripod Travelers different, we place our customers first! Incuded Photography Workshops Quality Hotel Accomodations All Ground Transportation Meals, Refreshements, Snacks All Fees Not Included Airfare Alcohol Hotel Incidentals Travel Insurance

Can I bring my significant other, even if they don't participate in photography?

Yes of course. We love having spouses or significant others join us and we believe they will thoroughly enjoy being part of our group. Pricing discounts are available and will vary by trip, please contact us directly for details. Email:

What if I live local to a workshop and don't need hotel or meals?

Please call us directly to discuss discounted pricing.

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