The Idaho/Wyoming Photo/Education Tour takes you into the rugged beauty of Idaho’s legendary fishing country. We explore the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Teton National Monument, and Yellowstone National Park. 12 Days/11 Nights in this beautiful landscape. Our tour begins and ends in Idaho Falls.
The Idaho/Wyoming Tour begins and ends in Idaho Falls, Idaho. We have shuttles collecting passengers from Idaho Falls Regional Airport and taking them to our tour reception and cocktail party at the Hilton Garden Inn. After the party and check-in is complete we have a wonderful dinner planned for you and then we give you the first night to rest up from your travels. We have an early day planned for the next eleven mornings so get some rest.
Breakfast is at 8:30am each morning and today is no different. We have a morning meeting and class introduction at 10:00am for about a half hour then we get everyone checkout and boarded for our first destination of Craters of the Moon National Park, near Carey, Idaho. Here we will have a first class photo opportunity in the other worldly environment of this ancient lava flow. From there we are off to Beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho were you will enjoy the alpine environment of this world class resort town. We will over night here at the Amazing Tamarac Lodge in the heart of Sun Valley. Sunset can be enjoyed after dinner at the famous Bigwood Grill located on the Bigwood Golf Course. Cocktails will be served in the lounge and this is a great chance to get to know your follow tour participants.
Today as always we are up for breakfast early with a class afterwords. Then we climb up into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Up over the Galena Summit, with a gorgeous view of the headwaters of the Salmon River. We will trek along the Salmon river until we reach the Beautiful Redfish Lake for this days catered picnic lunch. After lunch we will stop several times along the Salmon River for your chance to capture this wonder of nature and the North American spawning grounds of the Pacific Salmon. We will venture up to Custer, Idaho and to the gold mining havens there along the Yankee Fork. We visit historic Stanley, Idaho and complete the Highway 75 portion of our trip at Challis, Idaho. We will arrive at our overnight location of Salmon, Idaho where we will star at the 4 star and beautiful Stagecoach Inn. Dinner and cocktails will be at the Shady Nook Restaurant & Lounge.
Today's adventure takes us out after breakfast and class along the salmon river and along the two lane highway 28 out or Salmon, to wind us down and around to West Yellowstone at the Western entrance to Yellowstone National Park. We cover a lot of distance today but we are traveling through some amazing countryside, and offer plenty of chances to stop along the way to grab some pictures and lunch is on us at the Cowboy Cafe in Dubois, WY. The town of West Yellowstone is actually in Montana and we will be checking in early here before we head into the park for the afternoon where we will visit Yellowstone Lake and the surrounding area. Dinning tonight will be back in the park at the Lake Yellowstone Motel so that we can catch Old Faithful at sunset. We will arrive back in West Yellowstone after dark and we recommend an early night of it.
Today our class is in the Park and we will explore several Yellowstone geysers and hot springs. You will get the chance to photograph some great Yellowstone classics. Morning Glory Pool, the Grotto Geyser, Black Sand Pool, Depression Geyser, and of course Old Faithful. As the geysers are somewhat unpredictable. We have two full days of geyser photography. The Kepler Cascades are certainly worth the short hike to see them. We will stop at Craig Pass on the Continental divide on our way to the West Thumb geyser basin. Today and tomorrow are also great opportunities to get in some high adventure activities. Climbing, hiking, trail riding, mountain biking, and white-water rafting are all options that you can take advantage of. Dinner tonight is again at the Lake Yellowstone Motel and sunset will be viewed at Steamboat Geyser tonight. Again we will arrive back at our hotel in West Yellowstone after dark.
Today we are going to basically repeat day five however we will be adding in Yellowstone falls in the evening. Both Day One and Day Two of the geyser watch lunch is on us in the form of a catered picnic lunch. Today is also another great opportunity to get in some high adventure activities. Climbing, hiking, trail riding, mountain biking, and white-water rafting are all options that you can take advantage of again today. Of course photography is high on our list of things to do at Yellowstone. After dinner at Lake Yellowstone Motel we will head up to the falls for some magic hour photography. This is our last night in West Yellowstone, MT and we are having our big mid-tour party. Don't worry you can sleep-in an extra hour in the morning.
Today we travel from West Yellowstone, MT, South to Jackson Hole Wyoming we will spend the next five nights based here at the beautiful Hampton Inn of Jackson hole. We will have afternoon class today in Jackson hole and lunch is on us at the Fabulous Gun Barrel Restaurant. After class today we are going to venture up to Jackson Lake where we will spend the afternoon shooting this place of serene wilderness. Dinner will be in Colter Bay and then we will catch magic hour on the lake where we hope to catch mother nature at her finest. This part of the tour never disappoints in July or August.
There is no better time to get in some fly fishing then today. This is the perfect past-time for photographers as we like to fill our time in beautiful environments while waiting for the light to become perfect for our shot. Since so many of the great photo opportunities in this part of the world are around waters that happen to have beautiful rainbow trout teaming in them... Let's Fish. We will visiting The Snake River as it winds through this gorgeous landscape and hope to find just the right conditions for a great photograph.
Today we are focusing our lens on the wildlife that is abundant in Teton National Park. Moose, Elk, Antelope and Deer are all over this park as are the bears. With safety in mind we never want to get too close to these animals as they are unpredictable and potentially deadly. The safety of our tour vehicle will keep us well protected should the bears decide we are of more than a passing interest to them. If birds of prey are your fancy then you will see them everywhere in this corner of the world. The Teton Raptor is a beautiful creature and they can be found here in the park. Equally, where ever there is water you can find the Sandhill Crane position itself to feed. Lunch today is a catered picnic affair and dinner will be a barbecue in the park as well.
Mormon Row is number one on our list to shoot today we want to be out here for sunrise to shoot these pristine barns at sunrise. Afterwards we will head over to the Jenny Lake Overlook, and the Oxbow Bend on the Snake River. After a Catered Picnic Lunch we are off to Taggert Lake to catch this alpine wonder in it pristine glory. Our last photo shoot will be at Schwabacher Landing for barbecue and sunset photography and then back to Jackson hole for a late night party before heading back to Idaho.
Of course you can opt to go home today but we wanted to give you a much needed day of rest and relaxation before you go. We have paid for you to have a day at the spa getting pampered and refreshed after your whirlwind of travel. We have a bus trip out to Grand Teton Mall if you want to get a little shopping in before you head home and as always lunch and dinner ore on us.
Today is dedicated to checkout and returning our guest to the airport. We hope you had a good time on you photo tour. Most of all, we hope you came away with a world class education in photography. We can't wait to meet you and show you the best of Idaho and Wyoming.