|Starts||Jan 19th 2023|
|Ends||Jan 28th 2023|
|Leader||Steve Gettle & Nicole Sudduth|
|Participants||6 (Full! Waitlist available.)|
Yellowstone is a winter wonderland! Why is ours the Ultimate Yellowstone Trip? Unlike a lot of tours, we focus on the wildlife. Working from three locations we cover virtually every inch of the park and give you an unprecedented 7 1/2 days in the park over our 10 days together!! If you are comparing our tours to others, that is the only number that matters. More time in the park equals more incredible photographic opportunities. We use private luxurious snow coaches to enter the interior from both West Yellowstone and Mammoth. Then, for the Lamar Valley we travel in style in our own private bus that is able to drop us off anywhere along the route at a moments notice to catch the wildlife action in this epic valley. We limit our group to just 6 clients allowing plenty of room for you and your gear. Come, capture the magic of the season with us!
To make this easy for you, we have arranged a group shuttle to/from our Park lodging, so all you need to do is get yourself to the Bozeman airport and we will take care of everything else. You don’t even need to rent a car unless you’d like to.
We will stay at two lodges during this tour, one in West Yellowstone and one in Gardiner. Each day, we will have an early breakfast at about 6:00/6:30am and head out in our snow coach or bus to both catch the good light and wildlife activity. Breakfast in West Yellowstone will be at the hotel restaurant while breakfast in Gardiner will be “grab and go”. We will tailor our routes and destinations each day based on the conditions so we are in the best places with the best conditions for wildlife and photography.
To maximize our time in the field, we will have a box lunch each day and stay out through sunset, around 5:00pm. Upon return to our lodge, we will have some time to download images and enjoy a nice dinner together.
For the West Yellowstone and Mammoth portions of this tour, we use a private snow coach designed for wildlife viewing and photography. For the Lamar Valley portion, we have a photography-friendly bus that drops us off and picks us up as we find great situations that we want to shoot.
We have limited this tour to a very small group to allow enough room for both us and our gear and allow us to get closer to wildlife for the best shots possible. The other major benefit to a small group is it is less stressful to our wildlife subjects allowing us to get better, more intimate imagery.
Gettle Photography Inc. is an Authorized Permittee of Yellowstone National Park.
January 19 – Travel Day and arrival at our hotel
Fly in to Bozeman airport. Meet our group charter bus for 2:30pm departure from the airport to Gardiner.
We will meet at 6:30pm for dinner.
January 20 – First full day in the Lamar Valley
We’ll board our vehicle at about 6:30am and head into the park. We will spend the entire day out finding and photographing wildlife and landscape scenes. Lunch is a box lunch. We will return to our lodge at around sunset and enjoy dinner together.
January 21 – Photographing the Interior of the Park from Mammoth Hot Springs
We trek today via snow coach into the interior of Yellowstone, entering the park from Mammoth Hot Springs. Here the highlights are Sheepeater cliffs, Swan Lake Flats and Electric Peak. We will look for wildlife to photograph in this unique setting as well as the beautiful landscapes.
We will board our snowcoach at about 7:00 and head into the park. We will spend the entire day out finding and shooting wildlife and landscape scenes. Lunch is a box lunch. We will return to our lodge at around sunset and enjoy dinner together.
January 22 – Back to the Lamar valley
Today we will spend another full day in the Lamar – again looking for great situations with otters, foxes, coyotes, big horn sheep and…maybe wolves.
January 23 – Back into the Interior via Mammoth Hot Springs
We board our snow coach for another full day of adventure into the interior.
We will board our snowcoach at about 7:00am and head into the park. We will spend the entire day out finding and shooting wildlife and landscape scenes. Lunch is a box lunch. We will return to our lodge at around sunset and enjoy dinner together.
January 24 – Back into the Lamar Valley
We will venture again into these wild lands looking for bison, wolves, coyotes, fox and more.
As with our other days, we will board our vehicle at about 6:30 and head into the park. We will spend the entire day out finding and shooting wildlife and landscape scenes. Lunch is a box lunch. We will return to our lodge at around sunset and enjoy dinner together.
January 25 – Transfer to West Yellowstone
Today, you’ll be transported via shuttle to West Yellowstone. Enroute to the hotel, the shuttle will stop at some great locations outside the park for wildlife photography. Upon arrival in West Yellowstone, get settled in the hotel. We will meet as a group for dinner.
January 26 and 27 – Exploring the Interior from West Yellowstone
Going into the Park via snow coach from West Yellowstone gives us unique access to the wildlife rich areas of the Madison River and Hayden Valley as well as opportunities to go to the geyser basins and even Old Faithful.
We will typically have breakfast at 6:30am, board our snowcoach at about 7:30 and head into the park. Each day, we will spend the entire day out finding and shooting wildlife and landscape scenes. Lunch is a box lunch. We will return to our lodge at around sunset and enjoy dinner together.
January 28 – Travel day
After breakfast we will say our goodbyes and head home. Our charter bus will pick you up at 9am and take you to the airport.