Grand Tetons Autumn Wildlife

tetons_jaredlloyd_07 This is a land forged by fire and carved by ice. Over the millennia, these competing elements have pushed and pulled, shaped and molded this region into a place of profound beauty and diversity. This is an ecosystem that still boasts every member of its community that existed before Columbus ever set sail. The valley has become known as the Serengeti of America; the mountains, America’s Alps. Jackson Hole and Grand Tetons National Park is a lost world, preserved in time, standing in all of its raw and untamed beauty waiting to capture the minds and imaginations of artists.

Autumn in Jackson Hole is legendary. Drunk off of their own hormones and the universal need to pass on their genes to the next generation, moose, elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and bison are at the peak of their ancient battle royal. Autumn is the time of action. If you have ever dreamed of photographing moose, whose antlers tower some 9 plus feet above the landscape, as they square off with rival males than this is when and where you need to be. If you have ever fantasized about capturing the pheromone induced insanity of a bull elk calling in all would be rivals to challenge him one after another for his harem of females, than Jackson Hole is where you need to be.

On this photographic workshop and safari, we will concentrate on the big five of Jackson Hole – moose, elk, pronghorn, bison, and bears. Though these will be our primary interest, an infinite number of other possibilities may arise from wolves to great grey owls. That is what makes photographing in Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons so spectacular; this is a land of possibilities. No two trips to the valley to photograph are the same.

Although we will eat our meals as a group, meals costs are not included in this tour.


  • Workshop Cost
  • 2015 Cost

    $2900 from Jackson, WY (includes lodging)


    Prices are per person double occupancy. If a single room is preferred or a suitable roommate is not available a single supplement fee of $300 will be charged.


    Included in the Tour Cost

    All ground transportation, including transfers from arrival airport. All accommodations. All entrance fees.


    Not Included in the Tour Cost

    Air travel, passport fees, luggage fees, meals, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, bottled beverages, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

  • Itinerary
  • - Accommodations and local transportation during workshop included. Transportation to/from workshop is not included.


    - MEALS: Although we will eat as a group, meal costs are not included.




    Day 1 – Arrive in Jackson Hole and check into hotel.

    We will meet this evening for dinner and a meet and greet. Here we will also discuss the coming week, photography strategies, logistics, and expectations.


    Day 2 through 6 - Each day will offer great photographic opportunities. What we do will be based upon weather and wildlife activity



    We will spend time in the south eastern section of Jackson Hole which will include the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. Key areas will include Mormon Row, Antelope Flats, the Gros Ventre River and Mountains, and Shadow Mountain. This first day will provide us with a classic Jackson Hole and Grand Teton experience. Stunning landscapes with sweeping vistas of the Tetons, classic images of the old Mormon barns and cabins with the Tetons in the background. We will also seek bison, pronghorn, moose, big horn sheep, wildflowers galore, and several lesser known areas of the valley that are a treasure trove of images waiting to be created.


    The Snake

    Breathe taking sunrises with reflections of the Tetons...a landscape photographer's dream! We will have several locations during the week to enjoy these beautiful locations.


    The North

    We will then venture off into some lesser traveled areas in search of bears, wolves, elk, and scenics.


    Moose Wilson and the steps of the Tetons

    This wildlife hotspot provides us with some of our best opportunities for black bears and classic images of moose wading out in the water to feed, as well as elk in aspen groves.


    Day 7 – Return Home

    Depending upon people’s flights, we may choose to spend the morning photographing the sunrise at a new location previously unseen on this trip. From here, we will say our farewells and depart our separate ways!

  • Accommodations
  • Flatt Creek Inn OR Teton Village


    Each location offers comfortable amenities and easy access to our photo locations. There is no restaurant at the inn, so dinners will be in town. Other meals will be purchased in local shops and mostly eaten in the field.