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. 

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