5-person Workshop: (includes snow coach driver tip for each day) (Meals, lodging and rental car and gratuity are the participant's responsibility.)
*Session 1 - Jan 6-11, 2024 -- FULL!! (fly in on the 5th, out on the 12th)
**Session 2 - Jan 13-18, 2024 - FULL!! (fly in on the 12th, out on the 19th)
It's official, Yellowstone in the Winter is one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced photographically. This is my most requested workshop.
Payment in full will hold your spot on this workshop. (No non-participating spouses on this one as space is limited in the snow coach. If a spouse wishes to join, they must pay the full price of the workshop.)
Please note, this is a NO-Refund workshop - no refunds after full payment in Feb of 2023 is made and the trip fills. The only way we can refund you if you decide to cancel is if we have someone on the wait list willing and able to take your spot. All 5 spots must be filled for a workshop of this small size to be able to run. FOR THIS REASON WE SUGGEST THAT YOU PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR THE NON-REFUNDABLE PORTIONS OF THIS TRIP!!
Yellowstone is certainly one national park that mystifies visitors and offers a wonderful and fascinating playground for the photographer. Even more so in winter. The only way into Yellowstone in the Winter is with a commercial snow coach or snowmobile tour company.....so the tourists are MINIMAL!! Plus, animals are much easier to spot and really stand out from their usual surroundings. Then add a layer of snow on their coats and you'll get images like no other.
This workshop will involve three days in our own private snow coach with our driver helping spot wildlife and steering us to amazing scenic areas as well. We will explore most of the mid to southern part of the park on the snow coach for the first 3 days and then spend a day and a half based on the North end in Gardiner, MT exploring the road through the Lamar Valley to Cooke City. We will also take some time to play in the Mammoth Springs area.
This 6-day workshop is for both landscape and wildlife photography. We will be on a constant hunt for wildlife but we will also stop for landscape images as well.
We will stay in TWO separate hotels for the workshop. Please book BOTH hotels for the dates below
Yellowstone Park Hotel (West Yellowstone)
201 Grizzly Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
$135 per night
Call-In Reservations: 877-600-4308
Call-ins MUST mention Natural Connections to get the discounted rate
and then fill in the dropdown fields:
Location: Yellowstone Park Hotel
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*Session 1: Dates -- Use Code JJN010524PHOTO1
Jan 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 checking out the 10th
*Session 2: Dates -- Use Code JJN011224PHOTO2
Jan 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, checking out the 17th
The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone
905 Scott Street W
Gardiner, MT 59030
$153 per night
*Session 1: Dates -- Jan 10, 11, checking out the 12th
( Block ID 532465-01/10-01/12 )
*Session 2: Dates -- Jan 17, 18, checking out the 19th
( Block ID- 532235-01/17-01/19 )
We suggest asking for the RIVERVIEW BUILDING on the DRIVE UP level. The room numbers should be in the 400 block of the building. There are NO elevators in this hotel so please ask for this particular building on the FIRST floor.....room numbers 410-419. If these are not available then at least ask for a ground floor for whichever building you end up in.
You are responsible for all transportation getting to the workshop and transferring between hotels. You will fly into the Bozeman, MT airport and will need to rent a car to get to West Yellowstone. Most participants end up sharing vehicles on this workshop....please let us know if you would like to share.
We will be on the snow coach for the first 3 days. You will need the car for getting to West Yellowstone, local transportation in West Yellowstone and to transfer to Gardiner for the second part of the workshop....and then of course, to get back to the airport.
Please try to fly in on one of the earliest flights arriving in Bozeman....landing by 2:30pm at the latest - especially if you are meeting someone to share a car. Although they do keep the roads plowed that we will be traveling, there is still often snow and ice on the roads and you will need time to safely drive from the Airport to West Yellowstone, which can be about a 2- hour drive once you get your rental car.
If you are flying into Bozeman from an area that gets winter weather, please consider starting your trip a day earlier and staying the extra night in Bozeman until the others arrive the next day. Consider this ESPECIALLY if you are sharing a car with someone.
******Be SURE to reserve a rental car with 4WD or at a minimum, one with All-wheel-drive like a Subaru or such. We HIGHLY suggest a Full-sized SUV for this trip. If you are sharing a vehicle, you will need the space for luggage.
***NOTE: for all sessions, do not make any flight or non-refundable expenses plans until we notify you that the workshop is FULL.
Yes, Yellowstone in the Winter is cold and there is snow. But as long as you are prepared with the proper clothing and gear, you will be able to truly enjoy the trip. Once you are registered for the workshop we will send out detailed information on how to dress and items you will need for yourself and for your camera gear.