Yellowstone and Montana
- Track wildlife in Yellowstone's backcountry
- Go white-water rafting on the wild Yellowstone River
- Hike in America's original prairie country
- Conduct wildlife surveys in the American Prairie Reserve
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish will join the group in Yellowstone.
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Itinerary 12 Days
The wilderness that Lewis and Clark encountered some 200 years ago defied the imagination: soaring peaks, endless grasslands teeming with bison, and the geysers and gem-colored pools of Yellowstone. Venture into northern Montana's prairie land to take part in one of the country's most ambitious conservation efforts. Then head to Yellowstone, the world's oldest national park, to hike the backcountry, study wildlife, and discover some of the country's most unusual geologic phenomena.
American Prairie Reserve
4 days.Our program begins with four days at a yurt camp on the American Prairie Reserve, the center of a historic effort to assemble a three-million-acre wildlife reserve in the northern plains of Montana. The project, featured in the National Geographic film American Serengeti, is one of the most ambitious conservation initiatives in U.S. history. Join forces with local conservationists to do a head count of newborn bison calves, or participate in a stream restoration project. Rise early to photograph prairie wildlife at dawn, then set out on a hike under the skies of the Montana prairie, surrounded by herds of bison and pronghorn antelope. In the evenings, recount your day around a roaring campfire, under a dazzling array of stars.
2 days.Spend the Fourth of July at the Livingston Roundup—a world-famous rodeo that showcases the talents of cowboys and cowgirls from across the country. Opportunities for incredible action shots abound as you photograph barrel racing and bull riding competitions, then enjoy a fantastic fireworks display.
Yellowstone National Park
5 days.Head south to Yellowstone National Park, stopping on the way to raft the white-water rapids of the Yellowstone River and to learn about dinosaurs at the Museum of the Rockies.
Yellowstone is renowned for its volcanic landscapes, which bubble, pop, steam, and burst. In fact, the park contains the highest concentration of geothermal features in the world. It is also home to a sublime wilderness of evergreen forests, deep canyons, and broad valleys where robust herds of American bison, elk, deer, and pronghorn antelope roam. Opportunities for exploration, wildlife viewing, and photography are endless.
From our base in the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley, we'll leave the crowds behind and set off on hikes into the backcountry. We may spot bison, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bald eagles, black bears, and even grizzly bears and wolves. Go on photo shoots in fields of wildflowers and ancient petrified forests, learn about the effects of fire on forest ecosystems, and discover the powerful forces behind geysers and sapphire-blue geothermal pools. Get up early to watch wolf cubs, or learn to fly-fish on the Lamar River. Hone your skills as you photograph bison silhouetted by the setting sun.