Yellowstone Tour 2009 Update 07/20/09
Yellowstone tours led by Gary W. Stanley
September 16-19, 20-23, and 24-27
Photographic Society of America
(PSA) has asked me to do three four-day photographic tours into
Yellowstone National Park.
Time is running out,
so I hope most of you have already registered for the PSA
conference, and that you have found hotel rooms. There are still
some rooms left according to Gerald Emmerich. If you wait any
longer to decide, and do not have a room it may be to late!
About our Yellowstone Tour:
Yellowstone is one of the most
beautiful and unique places on earth. There is an abundance of
wildlife. Yellowstone is probably one of the best places to
photograph wildlife. There are elk, buffalo, coyote, and pronghorn
antelope. Wolves, bears and bald eagle are also seen quite
Each day we will
head out before sunrise (Sunrise is 7:10am Sunset 7:30pm).
We will no doubt
check and see what is going on along the Madison River. This has
been a great location for big elk, buffalo, eagles and swans.
From there we will
spend time in the Upper and Lower Geyser regions and Black Sand
Basin near Old Faithful Lodge. Well will be spending time in the
Haden Valley and Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Fishing Bridge, and
West Thumb Region. We will also cover the Norris Geyser area, Mount
Washburn, and the Lamar Valley region (wolf and bear country).
Right now there is some question about doing Mammoth Hot Springs as
there is a bridge closure between Norris and Mammoth requiring
everyone to go clear around to Tower in order to go there, but we’ll
Those of you who
have been on my tours know that we try to remain flexible with our
schedule to take advantage of the weather, and the best shooting and
lighting conditions. This is an amazing place so be prepared. I
have done many tours here and have never been disappointed.
Once you have sent
in your deposit and registered we will send out more information on
what to bring, what to expect, equipment/clothing suggestions etc.
I am limiting the
number of participants in each tour to
six for that very
personal experience. We will go in separate cars (two should do
it). I will provide Walkie -Talkies for the vehicles that follow.
All participants will be responsible for getting to the conference
or hotel, and home again. PSA also has a list of shuttle services
from the surrounding airports, so check that out as well. Normally
I have no problem picking folks up at Jackson Hole WY. But because
these tours are back– to –back, that just isn’t possible.
Participants will be responsible for all hotel and meal costs while
out on the road.
The Fee for my
tour is only $200. per day or $700 total per person for all four
days. Folks signing up for all four days receive preference over
those who sign up for a single day.
Each tour (16-19, 20-23, and 24-27)
will be run by me and is totally separate from the PSA conference.
All payments for the tour will also be made to me either by check or
by PayPal on the Light-Chaser website. A deposit of $300 will be
needed to secure your spot, with the balance due no later than
You can mail your
60A Tide Mill Cove
We will make every effort to be back to the conference for the
evening feature programs. We will also try to be back for some of
the midday programs as well. I have a Saturday afternoon lecture at
2:00pm-3:00pm, after which we will head out for our evening shoot.
For more information please email me at
Photographic Society of America (PSA) Conference is scheduled for
September 20-26, 2009 at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in West
Yellowstone, Montana. The PSA guest room blocks at the Holiday Inn,
Yellowstone Lodge, Clubhouse Inn, and Days Inn are almost completely
booked for the conference week.
This will be one
of PSA’s largest and most impressive conferences (Sept 20-26) in
many years. Guest speakers will include; Art Wolfe, George Lepp,
John and Barb Gerlach, Julieanne Kost, and myself. PSA has
re-worked their typical schedule to allow time to photograph in the
park. While there will be bus and shuttle transportation into the
park, my tours will be a full-blown photo tour with a total emphasis
You do not have to be a PSA member to attend the conference, but you
must register for the conference to attend the tour.
in West Yellowstone
Room blocks at
special PSA Conference rates are now available at the following:
Lodge - $93. PSA Rate
(2 Blocks from
Holiday Inn) - Call 877 239-9298
Crossroads - $99. PSA Rate
(2 Blocks north of
Holiday Inn) Call 406 646-7376
Desert Inn $119. PSA Rate
(4 blocks east of
Holiday Inn) Call 406 646-7376
Club House Inn -
$109.00 PSA Rate Call 800 565-6803
Comfort Inn -
$109. PSA Rate Call 406 646-4212
Days Inn - $99.
PSA Rate Call 800 548-9551
Reservations for guest rooms at other hotels
in West Yellowstone are available by calling West Yellowstone
Central Reservations at (888) 646-7077 or through the web at:
Again I’ve been
told by the folks at PSA that there are folks coming from overseas
as well as the U.S. members, and that registration is high.
Thanks; and I hope
you’ll join me!
Gary W. Stanley