This workshop includes five full days in Yellowstone’s northern range, between the towns of Gardiner (north entrance) and Cooke City (northeast entrance). These trips may have sightings of coyotes, foxes, wolves, moose, otters, elk, bison, and more. March can either be extremely snowy or bring some of the first warmth and thawing, depending on the year.
These March workshops also offer the possibility of seeing the first grizzly bear of the year as they search for winter-killed bison and elk.
- Total cost of $2,497 includes transportation and instruction for the five full days in the park, plus an introductory dinner on the first night.
- Full amount due to book
- We will meet for an introductory dinner on the evening of March 19th
- Five full workshop days are March 20-24th
- You'll depart on the 25th
- Each day is roughly sunrise to sunset, depending on weather conditions.
- You may want to arrive in Bozeman, MT early on the 18th and depart on the 26th in case of weather delays. Driving to and from the airport in winter can be snowy or icy.
This workshop is based in Gardiner, Montana. I would recommend lodging at the Ridgeline Hotel, Absaroka Lodge, or Super 8 in Gardiner.
The new entrance between Gardiner and Mammoth is open to all travel since the old road was destroyed by the 2022 summer floods.
We will travel the stretch of road between Gardiner and Cooke City each day, which is about 60 miles each way. Yellowstone is huge so there can be a lot of travel time in between wildlife sightings. Multiple days help increase your odds of seeing different animals.
The group is limited to only three photographers, and we will be traveling by regular vehicle only (no snowcoach or snowmobile). This section of the park is open to public travel year round.
This is an instructional photography workshop, welcoming any skill level. Though not completely necessary, you should be comfortable with basic settings for your specific camera. Since the group is small, photography instruction is dependent on what you need help with individually, but everyone will be able to learn more about Yellowstone and finding wildlife.
I'd highly recommend having a mirrorless camera capable of animal eye autofocus, as well as a 400mm, 500mm, or 600mm lens with teleconverters available for the best image quality. I personally use the Canon R5 with a 400mm f/2.8L IS II and 2x extender most of the time.
Tripods are optional, but you can bring one if needed. Most of my still images are shot handheld. A monopod is a good compromise for easy traveling.
Travel insurance is highly recommended because of the uncertainty of weather conditions causing airline or travel delays.
Trent Sizemore Photography, LLC is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Yellowstone National Park.