2024 - Final Dates TBD

2024 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour – Photograph the “Winter Wonderland” of Yellowstone National Park with wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox.

Along the snowy trails, we’ll stop to photograph the beautiful landscapes and mountain vistas surrounded by steamy geysers, along with a variety of wildlife, including the majestic elk, mammoth bison, coyotes, swans, and bald eagles. These creatures, big and small, find warmth near many of the thermal areas, creating unique and stunning imagery.

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  • 2024 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour Travel Plans

    Interested in joining this trip? Please send an email to info@naturalexposures.com, and we will email you when trip details are finalized.

    Day 1 (D)

    You’ll start this wildlife photography adventure with a flight to Bozeman, Montana, where you’ll be met at the airport and transferred by shuttle to the town of Gardiner, a scenic and beautiful two hour drive through Paradise Valley. Please arrive in Bozeman before 1:30pm on this day or arrive one day earlier; we can make hotel arrangements in Bozeman for you if needed.

    Upon arrival, we’ll get settled in and gather for wine and hors d’oeuvres, and Daniel will show some of his work and go over tips and suggestions for shooting in Yellowstone. We’ll complete the evening with a group welcome dinner.

    Days 2 – 5

    We’ll spend four full days in and around Yellowstone National Park. Each day we’ll depart at around 7:30am and stay out until 6:00-6:30pm for optimum light.

    We will spend one day on a privately chartered snow coach to travel from the Park’s North Entrance to Old Faithful. Possible photo stops include Fire Hole, Fountain Flats, Norris Geyser, Midway and Lower Geyser basins, Biscuit Basin, and Obsidian Cliffs. Each guest will have two seats on the snow coach for camera gear and comfort during traveling.

    For the remaining three days of our trip, we’ll travel in private vehicles. We’ll pass through the 50-foot Roosevelt Arch to visit and photograph the famed Mammoth Hot Springs. From Mammoth, we’ll head east on the northernmost road in the Park (weather/road conditions permitting). This 52-mile stretch of road leads to Cooke City near the Northeast Entrance of the Park and passes through the expansive Lamar Valley. The Lamar Valley is often referred to as the Serengeti of the US due to the abundance of wildlife here. Without a doubt, the Lamar Valley is the best place to see wildlife in Yellowstone.

    All photography will be done outside the vehicles/snow coach from the road or on designated walking trails.

    Custom box lunches, snacks, and hot beverages are included daily while touring.

    Evenings are free to explore the town of Gardiner or take advantage of time to review your portfolio with Dan. We prefer to give you the option to enjoy time to explore the town on your own, organize photos from your daily shoot, or simply rest. The days are long in the field with a lot of fresh air; it’s good to have some personal downtime and enjoy your trip—this is your vacation! Daniel will have one evening class (optional) to discuss image workflow along with a Q&A session.

    Our last evening will include a casual farewell gathering over beverages, appetizers, and pizza. Daniel will present some of his recent work. The evening is open to you to showcase your own favorite images to the group from the trip.

    Day 6 (B)

    Return to Bozeman in the early morning, arriving at or before 11:00am. Please schedule your return flight no earlier than noon.

    • Guest Limits

      6 Guests Maximum

    • Trip Cost

      TBA per person, based on double occupancy

      Add TBA per person

      Single Supplement: TBA
      (limited availability)

      Pricing in US Dollars

    • Deposit

      $750 Per person due at time of booking
      Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted

      Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.

    • Installments

      August 15, 2023: Final Payment

      Check only for final installment. Please make check payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:

      Natural Exposures

      810 N. Wallace, Suite E

      Bozeman, MT 59715

    • Included

      • Private small group tour with Daniel J. Cox
      • Transfers to/from Gardiner on scheduled days and times of itinerary (2-3 hour drive from Bozeman)
      • Accommodations in Gardiner as noted on itinerary
      • Meals where indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
      • 1 day on a private snow coach + 3 days in private vehicles for traveling in/around Yellowstone
      • Yellowstone Park entrance pass
      • Photography permit fee
      • All taxes
    • Not Included

      • Air or land transportation to/from Bozeman, Montana (BZN)
      • Some meals and alcoholic drinks
      • Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance
      • Hotels, meals, or transportation before/after the itinerary dates
      • Gratuities
      • Private transfer if you have flight delays coming into Bozeman (extra fee will be incurred)
    • Flights to Book

      TBA, 2024
      Arrive in Bozeman (BZN) before 1:30pm

      TBA, 2024
      Depart Bozeman (BZN) after 12:00pm

    • Travel Insurance

      Travel/emergency medical evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:

      Global Rescue
      (use code natexp)

      Allianz Global Assistance 
      (use travel agency ID F203564)

      Insure My Trip

    • Snow Coach Policy

      Transportation on the snow coach is provided by an authorized concessionaire of Yellowstone National Park. There are no refunds for travel delay issues or weather-related problems. We have the right to change snow coaches to accommodate the group if needed. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

    • Terms & Conditions

      Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.

      By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY

  • Accommodations for 2024 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour

    We can help book pre/post trip accommodations in Bozeman if needed. Please email us for details.


  • Helpful Information for 2024 Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour

    One of the advantages of joining our Winter in Yellowstone Photography Tour is that you’ll be traveling with like-minded people. It’s no fun going on a tour with people who don’t have the patience to spend time with the wildlife or wait for the sun to peek out from behind the clouds. Each day, we’ll head out in the early morning to catch the nice light and stay out later in the evening for the same purpose.

    Transfers are provided from Bozeman to Gardiner and vice versa. Many competitors want you to find your own transportation to/from Gardiner. With private transfers, if the opportunity arises, we can stop along the way to photograph. The road to Gardiner runs along the Yellowstone River through the beautiful Paradise Valley.

    While in Yellowstone, the group will travel one day in a privately chartered snow coach and three days in private non-chartered vehicles. Each guest will have their own two seats on the snow coach for comfort and gear.

    Custom lunches are provided daily along with plenty of goodies in between 🙂 You may have considered a snowmobile tour, which can be fun for the first day, but 3–4 days is tough! Not only are you exhausted by the end of the day from riding and the elements of the Park, but you can’t talk while traveling, so it’s more difficult to stop the entire group if you see something of interest. If it is a cold -20F morning, you could be in for a long day. Your lunch gets frozen, and so does your nose! Join us instead—be comfortable and enjoy yourself!

    Have a question?

    Have a question about this tour? We're happy to answer any queries you may have.

  • Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers

    • "This was my first trip with Dan, Tanya, and Jill. It was a blast! Everything was well planned, from the pre-trip package and information, to phone tips from Dan, extending all the way through the trip. Dan knew just where to go in the park for great shots and helped all of us to get more proficient with our gear. I’m looking forward to my next Natural Exposures adventure later this year!!!"

      Steve Ault, California

    • "An excellent four days of exploring Yellowstone Park at this magical time of year. We were able to see and photograph many of the residents of the Park including bison, coyotes, elk, trumpeter swans, and bald eagles. There are very few human visitors to the Park during the winter and acccess is limited which is wonderful for photographing from many of the iconic locations. My first wildlife photo trek but it will not be my last."

      Tom Stewart, Ontario, Canada

    • "Winter is the perfect time to visit Yellowstone. No crowds, few vehicles, wonderful scenic landscapes covered with snow, and many animals actively trying to survive the harsh conditions. Yes, it’s cold – but if you follow Dan and Tanya’s instructions for gear you will be fine. Headed back in 2015!!!"

      Dave and Shiela Glatz, Illinois

    • "The Yellowstone trip was exceptional. Your careful attention to detail was a big reason. Thank you for the wine and all the other "in room" surprises and treats. Thank you for dinner and pizza. Thank you for the custom lunches and in between meal snacks. Thank you for the huge job of getting luggage from West Yellowstone lobby to the Hilton room!! Thanks for the patience and the smiling faces."

      Art Simmons, Texas

    • "First, I want to repeat again how special the Yellowstone trip was. It was a picture perfect trip (pun intended) and in my mind will be a trip of a lifetime. A big thanks to you and Dan for putting on such a wonderful experience. Yellowstone in winter was unexpectedly the most beautiful place I have ever witnessed. To steal a line from Sue, you, Dan, Art and Sue really feel like family now. The four of you couldn’t be nicer to be with and travel with."

      Fred Kurtz, Indiana

    • "It was so nice talking with you this morning. I did not say, what I have been meaning to write, thank you so very much for such a wonderful introduction to Yellowstone National Park. You certainly made the trip an unforgettable experience. Dan's love of the park and photography and your attention to detail are an unbeatable combination. We will follow you anywhere."

      Linda and Steve Henry, Oregon

    • "Natural Exposures Yellowstone Trip in winter is absolutely wonderful. I have been 3 times, every time as special as the next. Well organized, each guest is given special care and Dan makes sure everyone is capturing great images. Thanks Dan & Tanya! I would just about go anywhere with you!!!"

      Alison McClure, California

    • You and Tanya run a top of the class event. Your willingness to be there to help us become better photographers and Tanya's attention to detail makes the experience enjoyable and effective. Thanks for the opportunities Natural Exposures provides us to travel to "bucket-list" destinations and to become better photographers.
      Until the next adventure.......

      Lois Settlemeyer, Washington

    • "Pretty perfect from start to finish. I've fallen in love with Dan, Tanya, Colter and of course, Yellowstone. Thank you for a wonderful experience!"

      Sally Bruce, England

    • "Best travel and photo experience. EVER!"

      Ron Cunniff, Florida

    • "Great trip. Great organization. Lunches exceptional."

      Mo Mullet, Ohio

    • "OK - If you love getting close to wildlife - this is the tour for you!"

      Ken Longley, Washington

    • "Absolutely amazing and beyond my expectation in every way possible! Seriously -"

      Debbie Tubridy, Florida

    • "Terrific. Things that impressed me - detailed clothing list, Dan calling two months ahead to check in, efficiency to be personal, and enjoyed how the group coalesced."

      Grace Wright, Pennsylvania

    • "The Yellowstone Winter Tour was outstanding. We saw so much beautiful landscapes and winter wildlife. I would recommend this trip to everyone. Was very impressed by the efficient presentation of all the tour details."

      Peter Dillon, Western Australia

    • "This was an amazing tour for nature, wildlife and scenery. I got to see Old Faithful and the mud pits. I saw eagles, elk and coyotes. Totally terrific! Another first class trip by Dan and Tanya!!"

      Michelle Duggan, Massachusetts

    • "Our "Winter in Yellowstone" trip was just terrific, great weather, great traveling companions, great attention to everyone's wishes and expectations. Dan's patience gave us an amazing wildlife experience."

      Buff Corsi, California

For additional information please contact Tanya at info@naturalexposures.com or by telephone at (406) 556-8212

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