Arrive in Bozeman, Montana
Arrive in Bozeman, Montana for an overnight stay.
Capture images of snowy Old Faithful geyser, ice-covered bison alongside thermal pools, foxes, coyotes, and perhaps wolves with professional wildlife photographer, Tom Murphy. Step carefully around delicate, chalky mineral terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs and discover multihued steaming pools and bubbling mud pots in the Geyser Basins. Witness small crystals and flakes form into “geyser rain” as Old Faithful erupts. Track elk, pronghorn, and red fox amidst a snowy and steamy landscape. Listen for the echoing howls of a pack of gray wolves haunting the stillness of Lamar Valley. Delve into the heart of Yellowstone National Park to create your own photographic stories of winter survival that leave your audience speechless.
Itinerary Updated: February 2020
|Feb 5||Arrive in Bozeman, Montana, USA.||Hampton Inn, Bozeman|
|Feb 6–7||Meet Tom and follow the Yellowstone River south into the park. Explore Mammoth Hot Springs and wildlife-rich Lamar Valley.||Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Yellowstone National Park||B, L, D|
|Feb 8||Explore Hayden Valley by private snowcoach en route to central Yellowstone to photograph winter scenes and wildlife.||Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Yellowstone National Park||B, L, D|
|Feb 9–10||Capture images of wildlife and thermal features while exploring the geyser basins by foot and private snowcoach.||Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Yellowstone National Park||B, L, D|
|Feb 11||Morning walk among the geysers, then return to Mammoth Hot Springs by snowcoach, alongside dramatic cliffs and geyser basins.||Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Yellowstone National Park||B, L, D|
|Feb 12||Revisit Lamar Valley. Enjoy a farewell dinner, and then return to Bozeman.||Hampton Inn, Bozeman||B, L, D|
|Feb 13||Depart for home.||B|
Tom has offered custom photographic tours and seminars for nearly 30 years, specializing in engaging locations such as Yellowstone National Park, Antarctica, and Africa. He travels and photographs extensively throughout Yellowstone and has hiked thousands of miles and skied on hundreds of extended overnight trips in the backcountry. Much of his work in Yellowstone was highlighted in a popular PBS Nature series program, Christmas in Yellowstone, and several of his own books. His passion and talent is photographing wildlife in their environment to tell the story of life and survival. He is a popular teacher, known for his easy-going attitude, helpful demeanor, and one-on-one style of instruction.
Arrive in Bozeman, Montana for an overnight stay.
Meet Tom Murphy in Bozeman to embark on this special photographic journey. Drive south along the Yellowstone River into northern Yellowstone National Park. Discover the wild countryside where bighorn sheep, elk, pronghorn, bison, and coyotes roam. Use Tom’s familiarity of animal behavior to capture outstanding wildlife images. Take in the distinct smells and sounds of Mammoth Hot Springs where colorful mineral terraces are as spectacular as the wildlife. Explore the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, the best place to see gray wolves as well as bison, elk, and a host of smaller mammals and birds.
Travel south from Mammoth Hot Springs to central Yellowstone by private snowcoach, passing Yellowstone Lake and exploring beautiful Hayden Valley. Work on perfecting photographic technique while composing images of bison, pronghorn, elk, and other wildlife in different park habitats and pristine winter landscapes.
Explore the Old Faithful area on foot by way of the extensive boardwalk system. Observe eruptions of Old Faithful geyser and discover other fascinating thermal features. The wildlife at the heart of Yellowstone is magnificent, creating striking photo opportunities amidst the contrasting backdrop of steaming pools and snow-blanketed terrain. Spend a full day exploring the Upper and Lower Geyser Basin by private snowcoach. Search for ideal winter scenes and wildlife to observe and photograph, and delight in bubbling mud pots, smoky fumaroles, and thermal pools of rainbow hues. Capture early-morning images of geysers illuminated by the rising sun, weather permitting.
Spend your last morning in central Yellowstone walking among the geysers, then return to Mammoth Hot Springs by snowcoach, stopping along the way to photograph wildlife and Yellowstone’s intriguing topography.
Return to Lamar Valley for more wildlife viewing. In addition to wolves and larger mammals, search for coyote, red fox, river otter, bald eagle, as well as trumpeter swan, bufflehead, and other waterfowl. Visit Tom’s hometown of Livingston for dinner together before returning to Bozeman.
Fly home from Bozeman.
Travel to Yellowstone and capture images of snowy Old Faithful geyser, ice-covered bison, fox, coyotes, and perhaps wolves.
|Type||Cost Per Person|
|Trip Cost, double occupancy||$6,900|
Costs are per person, double occupancy, not including airfare, singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.
We reserve the right to charge for cost increases that occur between when we set trip prices and the date of travel, for example, changes due to the cost of lodging and transportation. If you are a single traveler and you desire, we will find a roommate for you. If we cannot find you
|Payment||Due Date||Amount Per Person|
|Deposit||Due now to reserve your space||$500|
|Second||March 3, 2021||$1,000|
|Final||September 30, 2021||Remaining balance|
Payments are due based on the schedule above. All reservations require a deposit to confirm reservation of your space. For reservations made after a due date, all past payments will be due with registration. By sending your initial deposit, you agree to accept our payment schedule and cancellation policy as a contract. If payments are still outstanding two weeks after the due date, your space may be forfeited.
Until the Final Payment due date, deposits are refundable except for a cancellation fee of $150 per person, which can be applied toward another trip if reserved within six months of the cancelled trip’s departure date. Cancellations are non-transferrable. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.
Daytime temperatures are usually around 0°F (-20°C) but may reach up to the 20s°F (-5°C). Subzero overnight temperatures are common. Warm winds will occasionally push daytime temperatures into the 40s°F (5 to 10°C), causing significant melting of the snowpack at lower elevations, but cold snaps may drive temperatures much lower. Snow is a good possibility.
You should be comfortable walking with and carrying your gear or standing for several hours at a time. The group usually covers distances under one mile at a slow pace and may occasionally walk short distances in snow.
Airfare is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.
Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in Bozeman, Montana (BZN) by the night of February 5. Depart from Bozeman anytime on February 13.
Travel in a private 15-passenger bus between Bozeman and Mammoth Hot Springs then in a snowcoach deep in Yellowstone National Park. For maximum flexibility, we charter a private snowcoach on two days.
Tom was really good as usual. His love and knowledge of Yellowstone is more than obvious. The drivers were excellent as well. They, too, knew a lot about Yellowstone. The female driver got me a pair of ski poles to help me walk!! Perfect.
"When my husband and I got married (2017) he promised to show me snow (at 54 years I had missed the experience so far). Well, he outdid
himself!! Not only did he show me snow, but he took me on the most memorable experience I have had to date. There were many moments when
my breath was taken away. I actually pined for weeks for Yellowstone after we left. The peace and quietness, the animals, the graceful and beautiful
vistas, truly a very special experience."
"The tour itself and Cheesemans' as the provider were both outstanding. We will continue as returning customers!"