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Enjoy thrilling encounters with bison, elk, big horn sheep, and possibly wolves amidst stunning winter scenery, as you experience one of North America’s finest wildlife habitats. This trip also offers amazing photographic opportunities.

Join acclaimed prize-winning photographer Nick Garbutt to watch and photograph wildlife in the remote and peaceful locations of Yellowstone, home to many large mammals and to half of the world’s geothermic features. The park in winter offers breathtakingly beautiful images, from herds of frost-covered bison congregating around the park's geysers to stunning frozen waterfalls. You will have the opportunity to hone general and specific photographic techniques, working with bright snow and high contrast, landscapes and panoramas, as you drive, walk, snow-shoe and possibly ski “off the beaten track”. Daily sessions with Nick will enable you to pose questions you've always wanted to ask in situ and hone your photography talents.

Read Nick's blog from a previous tour.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Bozeman, Montana

    Fly to Bozeman, Montana, arriving later the same day. On arrival, we will transfer to our overnight accommodation.

    Accommodation: Element Hotel, Bozeman, 1-night

  2. Day 2: Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park

    We will drive, via Livingstone and Paradise Valley, to Gardiner (between two and four hours), at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. In the afternoon there may be time for an excursion into the park.

    Accommodation: Super 8 Motel, 4-nights.

  3. Days 3-5 : Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley

    Full-day excursions into Yellowstone National Park visiting prime photographic locations like Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction and wildlife hotspots such as the Lamar Valley, which can be especially rewarding for coyotes, bison, elk and wolves.

  4. Day 6: West Yellowstone

    In the morning there will be another excursion in the park concentrating our efforts around the Mammoth Hot Springs area. Late morning we will drive back to Bozeman, and then transfer to West Yellowstone – a drive of around three hours, along the stunningly beautiful Gallatin River Valley.

    Accommodation: Holiday Inn, West Yellowstone, 1-night

  5. Days 7-10 : Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin

    This morning we will transfer by snow coach into Yellowstone National Park and drive along the Madison River and Firehole River valleys, through the Lower and Midway Geyser Basins to the Upper Geyser Basin and 'Old Faithful'. Along the way there will be amble opportunity to stop at the best photographic locations.

    Two full days around Old Faithful and the Upper and Middle geyser basins. These areas can be especially good for seeing frost covered bison early in the morning. There is also plenty of opportunity to explore areas on foot, snowshoe or cross-country ski and visit the numerous other geysers in the vicinity.

    Accommodation: Old Faithful Snow Lodge, 4-nights

  6. Day 11: Firehole Valley, Gibbon Valley, Norris Geyser Basin & Yellowstone Canyon

    In the morning we will transfer by snow coach via the Firehole and Gibbon River Valleys to Yellowstone Expeditions Yurt Camp. The Camp is situated in a small meadow in the centre of the park, surrounded by pine forest and just a short distance from the Grand Canyon and Falls of the Yellowstone River.

    Accommodation: Yellowstone Expeditions Yurt Camp, 4-nights

  7. Days 12-14 : Canyon, Hayden Valley and Yellowstone Lake Areas

    We will have daily snow coach trips at sunrise and sunset to the prime photographic and wildlife locations, such as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and frozen waterfalls, Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Gibbon River Meadows and Norris Geyser Basin. These areas can be very good for bison and coyotes and particularly red foxes as well as the possibility of beavers and otters along the Upper Yellowstone River. Viewing points overlooking the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone also offer the opportunity for some unusual and spectacular photography by moonlight.

    There will also be ample opportunity for those who wish to explore areas away from the roads by cross-country ski-ing and snowshoeing.

  8. Day 15: Canyon, Hayden Valley and Madison Valley

    In the morning there is a last chance to explore the areas around camp. In the afternoon we will transfer by snow coach along the Gibbon and Madison River Valleys back to West Yellowstone.

    Accommodation: Holiday Inn, West Yellowstone, 1-night

  9. Day 16: Return to Bozeman and depart

    We will transfer back to Bozeman by road in time for an overnight flight back to the UK.

  10. Day 17: Arrive UK

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 17 days from £6,695 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 16 days from £5,845 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,365
  • Group size: 10
  • Departures:
    1. , Limited spaces
    2. , Fully booked
    3. , Fully booked, provisional date (16 days duration)
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Transfers
    • 11 nights twin-share hotel/lodge accommodation (10 nights on Feb19 departure)
    • 4 nights yurt camp
    • Daily excursions in minibus and custom over-snow vehicles
    • Most meals (excludes evening meals in Bozeman, Gardiner, West Yellowstone and Old Faithful)
    • National park fees
    • Local guide
  • Activities available:
    • Photography
    • Ski trekking
    • Snow shoeing

Expert leader

Nick Garbutt

Photo of Nick Garbutt

An award-winning photographer and author, with a background in zoology, Nick has forged a career by combining these skills with leading tours and lecturing.

Nick has written and photographed several critically acclaimed books, including: ‘100 Animals to See Before They Die’, ‘Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide’, ‘Wild Borneo’, and ‘Chameleons’. He is a regular contributor to international magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Africa Geographic and Geographical.

Nick has twice been a winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2000, he won the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife. His photographs appear widely in books, calendars and other publications worldwide. He is a Special Lecturer on the MSc course in the Wildlife Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University, where he studied.

Featured locations:

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is dominated by its forest covered mountains and, because of its location on the North American plate, also experiences volcanic activity in the form of geysers, of which Old Faithful is the most famous. This relatively unique geography has attracted over 60 different animal species.

  • Where: Wyoming
  • Ideal for viewing: American black bear, brown bear, elk, grey wolf, puma
  • Excellent for: Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Bear watching, Wolf watching

Lamar Valley

The Lamar Valley is located in the remote northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, and is one of the best places to view wolves, where several packs live. These isolated rolling grasslands become a blanket of long grass meadows during the summer months, but are virtually inaccessible during winter.

  • Where: Wyoming
  • Ideal for viewing: elk, grey wolf, Canada goose, bighorn sheep
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Wolf watching
Featured accommodation:

Yellowstone Expeditions Yurt Camp

The Yurt Camp is located in a small meadow surrounded by a pine forest, close to the Grand Canyon and Falls of the Yellowstone River. Enjoy the comforts of a fully outfitted base camp with private heated sleeping huts, heated camp showers, a sauna and a communal area in the dining room yurt.