Yellowstone in Winter Photo Workshop

Spectacular winter wildlife and scenery in America's first national park

Location
Wyoming
Cost
8 days from $7,695
Dates
Jan 10–17, 2026
Jan 18–25, 2025
Activity Level
Moderate – Most of our wildlife photography will be from snowbanks alongside the road, close to the vehicle. When visiting geothermal features, we will walk up to one mile (1.6 km) along snow-covered boardwalks. You should be comfortable walking on slippery, uneven snow. We will be in the vehicles from early morning until evening and pack a lunch to maximize our time in the park. Winter temperatures in Yellowstone can vary from extremely cold to reasonably mild. We will prepare you before the trip to ensure you have the proper winter clothing to stay warm, and you will always be close to the warm vehicle.
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Group Size
Open for Registration
Limited to 6 Participants

Winter in Yellowstone National Park provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph wildlife and steaming geothermal features against pristine snow-blanketed landscapes. Temperatures are cold, and access is limited in the winter, keeping crowds small. If you’ve visited Yellowstone in other seasons, winter is unlike any other.

Yellowstone is home to 67 mammal species and hundreds of bird species. During this season, the struggle for survival is stark, as the wildlife seeks food in frigid temperatures and snow, giving us excellent photography opportunities.

We’ll travel by private snow coach to access the snowbound interior of the park, which is inaccessible to regular vehicles in the winter. We’ll also travel in a private van, accompanied by local wildlife guides. Along the way, we’ll seek wildlife encounters and wintry landscapesWe’ll have wildlife drives through hotspots like Hayden Valley, Lamar Valley, and others.

Akari Photo Tours is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service.

Highlights

  • We will seek a variety of wildlife species, including bison, bighorn sheep, elk, moose, river otters, wolves, coyotes, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, red foxes, and pronghorn. Other possible encounters include mule deer, bobcats, and long-tailed weasels.
  • Landscape photo opportunities of geothermal features and snow-covered mountain ranges.
  • Three days of private, chartered snow coach access to the park's interior areas, including Hayden Valley, Old Faithful, waterfalls, and geyser basins.
  • Two days of wildlife photo drives through Lamar Valley, the Blacktail Plateau, and Cooke City, accompanied by a local naturalist.
  • Photograph wildlife we may not see in the park in Paradise Valley and Gardiner.
  • Small group size allows plenty of extra space for you, plus your winter and photography gear, in snow coaches and chartered van.
  • Photo guiding, instruction, and image reviews from a professional photographer with years of experience in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Limited to six guests.