Yellowstone & Grand Tetons in Autumn

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As autumn descends on the northwest corner of Wyoming, a pensive mood lingers in the air. The large mammals sport thick, new winter coats acquired from a summer of feasting, and the leaves of aspen and cottonwood trees blaze in backlit glory. During September, wildlife reclaims many of the areas overwhelmed by the summer's tourists. The southward bird migration is in full swing and the elk are rutting—their bugling resounding from the hillsides.
"A fascinating destination with a wide variety of landscapes and a good mix of wildlife. This is my third Van Os trip and I look forward to more."
- D. Segal

Fall is a wonderful time to photograph in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The air is cool but the sun still yields its warmth. The rich greens of summer give way to vibrant rusts, yellows and browns of autumn.

In Grand Teton National Park, the majestic Snake River offers a world-famous landscape to photograph as it winds beneath the snow-dusted peaks of the Tetons. Glaciers above high, aspen-choked canyons provide an unparalleled backdrop for our images. Photogenic trumpeter swans ply the misty waters of the river as moose in full antler browse nearby.

In Yellowstone National Park we photograph both the region's unusual geothermal landscapes and special wildlife. Fumaroles, geysers, boiling paint pots, travertine terraces and colossal waterfalls provide a wealth of unique subjects. The haunting bugling of rutting elk and the rattle of antlers locked in combat can be heard from all sides. And pronghorn, preoccupied with harem defense, allow careful photography from the sidelines.

Join us for an opportunity to discover two of America’s parks unrivaled for dramatic landscapes and magnificent wildlife in one of their most photogenic seasons.


Check out Len Rue Jr.'s trip report from our 2016 tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 (Sep 17)

Participants arrive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in time for an afternoon transfer by group van to our accommodations in Grand Teton National Park. (D)

HotspringDay 2

At sunrise we photograph the magnificent landscapes and wildlife along the Snake River and area lakes. Moose, eagles, waterfowl and magnificent scenery offer many photo opportunities. We photograph sunset over the rugged Tetons. (BLD)

Day 3

After a morning shoot, we drive to Yellowstone National Park, stopping for photography along the way. (BLD)

Days 4–6

We shoot at classic park locations, including the shores of Yellowstone Lake and River, the geyser basins, the unearthly landscapes of colorful mist-shrouded hot pools and steaming fumaroles of the Old Faithful area, the Norris Geyser Basin, the mineral terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, and the majestic waterfalls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. (BLD)

Day 7

After morning photography in Yellowstone, we return to Grand Teton National Park today, stopping to photograph en route. (BLD)

Day 8 (Sep 24)

We drive to Jackson Hole in time for afternoon flights home. (B)

Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris, Inc. is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service


The tour was a series of great photo opportunities in a beautiful area orchestrated by a talented leader and accompanied by very friendly and helpful fellow photographers.

—R. Collier

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Yellowstone & Grand Tetons in Autumn

Sep 17, 2018 - Sep 24, 2018

A deposit and completed and signed Registration Form are required to reserve a place for you on a Joseph Van Os Photo Safari.


All prices are quoted in US dollars and all payments must be paid in US dollars. For deposits only, we accept Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Final payment of the trip fee is due 120 days priors to departure and must be paid by check or bank transfer. Trip deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

We must receive written notice of your cancellation, at which time cancellation fees in the following amounts apply:

If Written Cancellation is Received:
90 days or prior:
89 to 61 days prior:
60 or fewer days:
Cancellation Fee:
100% of deposit
50% of entire trip fee
100% of entire trip fee

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Participants will receive three emails before the trip departs: 1. Initial Tour Information sheet confirms the deposit and provides pre-departure information. 2. Invoice/Practical Information provides clothing and photo gear recommendations, climate data, applicable health advisories and reading list. Visa information will also be included (if applicable). 3. Final Tour Information includes arrival instructions, itinerary revisions (if any), hotel addresses, trip telephone contact information and participant list. We provide the trip leader's telephone number(s) and/or e-mail address with final documents so you can inquire about special photographic questions you may have regarding your trip. We welcome your calls or e-mail messages to

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Yellowstone & Grand Tetons in Autumn
  • Tour limited to a maximum of 7 participants
  • Two of America’s foremost parks at the height of fall color
  • Dramatic landscape images—from the aquamarine of deep geothermal pools to the soaring peaks of the Teton Range
  • Elk and pronghorn rut create dramatic action photo opportunities
  • Improve your photographic technique and composition skills with your leader on location
Sep 17 - Sep 24, 2018
Fee: $4,795 from Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Deposit: $500
Limit: 7
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