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2016 Yellowstone Spring Photo Tours

Yellowstone Spring 2016 Tours


Most of my 2016 photo tours are sold out, but there are a couple that have spots left, including my most popular annual tour.  The Yellowstone Spring Wildlife tours are among the most successful trips I lead every year, because we’re visiting the park during peak wildlife activity.

I’ve been exploring Yellowstone seriously for fifteen years now, and every time I return I learn something new and see new species or activity I’ve never witnessed before.  It’s one of the things that makes Yellowstone so great.  The variety of animals is off the charts.  Yellowstone truly is the best place for general wildlife photography in the Lower 48, and it seems as though at the end of every tour, my clients are coming up with different responses to the question: “What was your favorite encounter of the trip?”

Everyone wants to see bears and wolves, and as you can see from the images above (all taken during the spring of 2015), those are certainly prevalent.  But what about the majestic ungulates?  Bison, moose and bighorn sheep are commonly seen during springtime.  What about the baby animals?  Not just bear cubs, but cute (and already fast) pronghorn fawns, elk calves and even fox kits or coyote pups may be seen.  And don’t forget the birds.  The spring migrations brings all sorts of colorful visitors through Yellowstone, from mountain bluebirds to harlequin ducks.  Many of the birds stay to nest.  This year I found three different great horned owl nests!  Sometimes we even luck into the smaller, harder-to-find critters.  Weasels, badgers, pine martens, beavers and otters are all possibilities, and when we do get photos of these more elusive residents of the park, the experience is that much more rewarding.


Here’s what some of my latest spring clients had to say about their experience:

“Max was a phenomenal photo guide on our trip to Yellowstone. He has an intimate knowledge of the park and the local wildlife, and he was able to find amazing photo opportunities for us that we never could have discovered on our own. Some of our close encounters with bears, coyote pups, and the wild horses east of Yellowstone will be unforgettable memories.

Max’s extensive experience photographing exotic wildlife throughout the world and his enthusiasm for spotting wildlife made for an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable tour.” – Philip D.

“If you’re in search of a great wildlife adventure in Yellowstone, I highly recommend Max Waugh as a tour guide!

“My second spring photo tour in a row didn’t disappoint. Max has an easy-going demeanor that contributes to a relaxed atmosphere of the tour, while at the same time putting in the extra hours and miles to maximize viewing and photo opportunities. Be prepared to get up early and spend a lot of time in the field with Max, you’ll certainly be rewarded.” – Brian L.

I have not stopped talking about this trip since I got home. Thank you Max for being such a fantastic tour guide, you never stopped working hard, finding the wildlife we most wanted to see and more. Getting to spend time with so many different animals, including bears, wolves, badgers, elk, moose and many more was amazing—and I’ll not forget the trip to the Beartooth Highway. Every day was an adventure.

This was my first photography tour, I learned so much and was lucky to be with such a great group of people, it was non-stop fun. I will definitely be arranging another trip in the future. Once again, thank you Max for leading such a great tour!” – Sheila L.

“Thanks so much for your fantastic tour. I have been telling all of my photographer friends that this an experience not to be missed! This was my first nature photography tour, and I was not sure what to expect. I had many animals on my “to see and to photograph” list, and thanks to your knowledge of the park, of the animals and their habits I was lucky enough to check off all them.– Rick P.


I’m offering two spring tours this coming year:

June 4 – 10, 2016

June 12 – 18, 2016

Priced at $2895 (based on double occupancy), these are among the most affordable tours on my schedule.

Learn more about my spring Yellowstone photo tours on my tour website.


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