An expertly guided photography adventure at the best time of year for wildlife images
When autumn comes to the northwest corner of Wyoming, so too does the most entrancing time of year for photographers. The air is crisp and clear, brilliant gold aspen add a fiery accent, and the bugle calls of mating elk resound across the broad expanse of Jackson Hole. Here amid the classic landscapes of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, both wildlife and scenery are peerless. Our photo tour features an exclusive field visit with a renowned local photographer who offers insight and guidance for capturing the best shots of mammals, birds of prey, steaming geysers and more. Our survey of the Yellowstone region also includes sunrise and sunset opportunities to track the famous gray wolves of the Lamar Valley.
- Photograph elk, moose, bison, bears and more in two of America’s most scenic national parks
- Gain tips from renowned local wildlife photographer Dan Hartman, who accompanies us in the field as we track Yellowstone's elusive wolves
- Float the Snake River with our naturalist photography expert, capturing iconic panoramas of the Grand Tetons and elk in Jackson Hole
You'll Get Better Photos When You Travel With Us!
The wildlife and scenery of the Yellowstone region is legendary. From the area's shaggy bison to its famous bears and elusive wolves, America’s first national park offers riveting subjects for wildlife photographers. And don't forget what may be the most dramatic mountains in the world: the Grand Tetons! But just getting to Yellowstone is no guarantee you’ll get great photos. The best shots depend a great deal on traveling unobtrusively and knowing how to find wildlife. That’s where our approach and expertise come in.
- Our Photo-Focused Itinerary Unveils More Wildlife
Our photography expedition has been meticulously crafted to reveal “secret” corners of Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks that most visitors miss. Here, where tourists are fewer, animals are more plentiful. Our depth of experience in Yellowstone and the Tetons allows you to discover lesser-known areas where wildlife viewing — and great photos — are practically assured. And, our special photo tour itinerary is one day longer than our regular Classic Yellowstone trip, allowing us to slow down and take advantage of photo opportunities as they arise, without missing a thing.
- Small Groups Facilitate Intimate Nature Encounters
We take a maximum of just 6 guests per private safari vehicle, and a maximum of 12 guests total, which is substantially fewer than other tour companies or locally run day tours accommodate. Traveling in these smaller vehicles designed for wildlife viewing, we gain better access to remote areas that bus tours and independent visitors just don’t get to. Alongside our two NHA Photo Expedition Leaders, we have flexibility to move quickly to areas where wildlife has most recently been spotted. And, a small group ensures that each member receives personalized attention and photography advice from our Expedition Leaders, to help you capture the best possible images.
- The World's Finest Naturalist-Photographer Guides
Our guests enjoy the personalized service of our highly trained naturalist Expedition Leaders – who also happen to be accomplished nature photographers! Your Expedition Leader is by your side with tips and pointers on how to get the best possible photographs, while also sharing expert interpretation about the region’s wildlife and natural history. Our guides are also in constant communication with local wolf researchers, giving our groups the most up-to-date, inside knowledge of wolf locations and activity. NHA’s Yellowstone Photo Expedition Leaders average 15 years' guiding experience, with additional resources at their disposal from WWF’s top scientists. See Photo Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Spend a Day in the Field with an Acclaimed Local Photographer
We have an exclusive opportunity to spend a day in the field with Dan Hartman, one of Yellowstone's most famous wildlife photographers whose work has been featured in National Geographic. His wolf images are particularly renowned, and he is an important Yellowstone naturalist in his own right. We’ll also visit with Dan at his home and gallery.
- Custom Safari Vehicles Enhance Wildlife Viewing
We use custom-outfitted safari vehicles built specifically for wildlife viewing with roof hatches and large side windows that slide all the way open for unobstructed camera access. Every guest has a window seat, with plenty of room for all your equipment. And because we travel with two Expedition Leaders and a support staff person, we have a guide-to-guest ratio that allows us to support your every need and interest as we travel.
- Fall Departures for the Most Beautiful Photo Backdrops
Most people visit Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons in summer, when crowds are at their peak. Our photo safaris happen in late September, when people are few and landscape is a glorious tapestry of golden aspen, blue skies and perhaps a dusting of early snow on the peaks. You won’t find a more stunning backdrop against which to capture magnificent wildlife photos!
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Yellowstone Photo Adventure
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive guarantee, stating clearly that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. We think this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can embark upon this photography tour knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund – the world's leading environmental conservation organization – has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Photo Safari
A small-group photography adventure to the best wildlife locales in the Last Frontier, including Denali, Kenai Fjords and the brown bears of Brooks Falls!
14 Days / Jun - Sep, From $11,595
While superlatives strive to convey the grandeur of Alaska, they never quite manage to capture the reality. Our “Ultimate Alaska Wildlife Safari ” trip gets you deeper into the remote parts of Alaska far from the tourist areas that dominate other trips. We position you and your camera to capture the grandeur of a calving glacier; or at river’s edge, freezing time with your camera to capture a salmon leaping from the water and into the mouth of a patiently waiting brown bear. This is Alaska “less discovered”: bigger, wilder and more amazing than you’ve imagined. You’ve got to see it for yourself.
Yellowstone Winter Photo Expedition
Photograph the awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife of Grand Teton and Yellowstone under the guidance of expert photographers and naturalists.
8 Days / Jan, From $5,995
Discover the phenomenal photographic opportunities of Yellowstone’s quiet season, during the heart of winter when wolves and wildlife are more plentiful than people. Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks contain the largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the Lower 48, a nature photographer’s grail. Shaggy bison forage for food, their coats rimmed in frost, nostrils creating steam clouds in the frozen air. Elk congregate in vast herds. In the remote reaches of the Lamar Valley we watch for wolves, silently snapping the stealthy predators as they move through the powder. This all-encompassing nature adventure promises exquisite rewards for photographers!