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Private Wildlife Photography Tour

Available Summer & Winter!

Quick Details

Winter 2023/2024 Rates
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Wildlife Photo Tour with Local Professional Wildlife Photographer


  • Photograph the magic of Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife and iconic beauty
  • Full-day (~8 hours) private guided photo tour
  • One-on-one instruction
  • Vast wide-open landscapes and abundant wildlife
  • Private & customizable (just your group!)
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Breakfast and lunch – picnic style
  • Interpretation of wildlife activity and behavior through observation and dynamic, engaging discussions
  • Informed and accurate information on the biology, geology, and conservation issues surrounding the wildlife and landscapes you will experience on our tours

Spend the day immersed in photographing Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich Lamar Valley area, revered as the gem of North American wildlife photography. Yellowstone boasts the largest intact ecosystem in the northern temperate zone, and scientists believe the park is now as rich, diverse and healthy as it has ever been. Capturing images of bison in the morning light with thermals in the background or a mother grizzly bear with cubs in a sea of silver-green sage is on any photographer’s dream list and would be a signature Yellowstone image to add to any portfolio. On our photo tours, this dream can become a reality.

Exploring Yellowstone’s Northern Range, our focus will likely be on the predators and their prey, who are most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. We will spend our time in the best places to find these icons of American wilderness, while discussing the ecology and natural history driving their behavior. Understanding the ecology and behavior of your subjects will help you tell their story through your photographs and will help you read and predict their movements to best position yourself to capture outstanding images.

On these excursions, we will likely encounter  bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, golden and bald eagles, coyotes, and numerous other species.  While not as common, based on current conditions and with the expertise of your local Naturalist Photographer Guide, you may also be gifted with the chance of seeing and potentially photographing wolves, grizzly and black bears (unlikely in winter), foxes, moose, otters and numerous other species, large and small. Depending on the season, we may focus additional time on any one of many different aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It might be the bugling elk during their breeding season in September/October or the bashing heads of the bighorn rams during their breeding season in November/December. It might be the birthing bison on the emerald green bottomlands of the Lamar Valley in May or the spawning cutthroat trout in June. Late May through early June is the best time to find animal babies: black and grizzly bear cubs, coyote pups and fox kits, bison, moose and elk calves, pronghorn fawns, bighorn sheep lambs, and so much more!

There is something totally magical happening everyday somewhere in Yellowstone; it’s just a matter of finding it. Every day in Yellowstone is different and unpredictable, and therefore, we like to leave room for adapting to situations as they arise to fully maximize each opportunity as it presents itself. Whether it’s a grizzly bear crossing the road, a lightning storm over Electric Peak, or the array of autumn colors of aspen, cottonwood, and willows along the Lamar River, we aim to take full advantage of every bit of magic that Yellowstone presents to us.

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQ’s page!

Best Tour Ever!

I just came to Yellowstone for the first time this year and took a Private Photography Wildlife Tour with Yellowstone Wild. My guide was Kyle and he was very knowledgeable and passionate about the animals which made my tour so special. Finding a Red Fox in the snow was a highlight for me! Kyle was also very accommodating to all of my needs. I ended up losing my hard drive on the plane and lost some photos and Kyle was kind enough to send me some of his of the moments we shared. I highly recommend Yellowstone Wild Tours as they capture the beauty and magic of Yellowstone like no other!

– Katrina P., Trip Advisor
Great experience with Yellowstone Wild!

We had a great experience with Yellowstone Wild. My wife and I have been to Yellowstone multiple times in the past. However, this trip with Yellowstone Wild was on a whole different level. Our guide, Kyle, was top notch. Very knowledgeable and professional. We saw so many animals. I never thought that we could see Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Moose, Grey Wolves, Black Bears and a Grizzly all in one day. Amazing.

– Daniel B., TripAdvisor
Expectations met by 9am

Had the most epic day touring wildlife around northern Yellowstone! Kyle was an amazing guide with lots of great spots and a great wealth of knowledge about the animals and their habitats. He got us on every animal we wanted to see and then some. My expectations were met before 9am. And we still had an entire day left! I’m pretty sure I had the best turkey sandwich ever sitting on the rocks of a lookout. We saw grizzlies and cubs, wolves, coyote, fox, elk, antelope, bison and their calves, and more. Seriously could not recommend them enough.

– Bianca C., TripAdvisor