Night Sky Photography Tours


Starry night sky in Yellowstone
Night photo of geyser and stars in Yellowstone's interior
Photograph the milky way over Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Night Sky Tours

Although Yellowstone National Park has not yet been recognized as a Dark Sky Park, it is 2.2 million acres with few light sources, and supports the most remote areas in the lower 48. With all the other amazing aspects of the Yellowstone, it has been easy to overlook the importance of its pristine night skies. Explore and connect with a part of Yellowstone unseen by most. Bring your camera and be ready to learn night sky photography techniques to capture celestials such as the Milky Way, meteor showers, the moon, and more.

Tours depart from Gardiner, Mammoth, or other central locations inside Yellowstone as arranged. Winter and summer start times vary based on the best hours for night sky viewing.

Tour Options:

Starry skies on the Northern Range (approx. 4 hour duration) $100 per person/minimum of 4 participants/maximum of 8 participants.

This tour takes place in the expansive plateaus and wide mountain rimmed valleys of northern Yellowstone.

 

Yellowstone’s Dark Heart (approx. 8 hour duration) $150 per person/minimum of 4 participants/maximum of 8 participants.

This tour takes place in Yellowstone's central interior at lakeshore and geyser basin locations.

 

Details

We provide hot drinks, telescope, and knowledgeable guide.

You’ll need a camera with manual options, a tripod, and a clicker (not required but preferred).

Recommended smartphone apps: Moon, Skyview, and Star Walk.

This activity is easy and can be done by most people. Please let us know if you have any special conditions or needs that we can help accommodate. This activity is suitable for well-behaved people 8 years and older.

Please remember to bring clothing layers! It is not uncommon to have 60 degree (F) temperature changes in one day. In the winter, that could mean a change from -20 to +40 degrees (F). In summer, we could start the morning below freezing, and end the day in short sleeves. Be prepared!

Yellowstone has dry, high-elevation climate, where it is difficult to stay hydrated at any time of year. It is important to drink lots of water in this environment.

As an effort to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required when you are within 6 feet of your guide or other park visitors.

This program may be canceled or rescheduled due to weather.

 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you need to cancel your tour, the following conditions will apply:

Cancellations up to 30 days before your trip date will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.

Cancellations between 29 and 5 days before your trip date will receive a 50% refund.

Refunds are not provided within 5 days of your booking.

We understand that exceptional circumstances occur from time to time. Please contact us if you have a special case.

Clear Skies & Clouds Policy

In Our Nature Guiding Services is prepared to go stargazing in all weather conditions. Our guides are excited to provide you with a memorable tour. If the weather looks less than ideal the evening of your tour, here’s how things are handled:

it is likely that we will go ahead with the tour, because here in the mountains, the weather can change very quickly - a completely overcast sky can clear in minutes.

If the guide determines that the weather conditions are unlikely to give enough clearing to make the tour work, she will make a last-minute decision to adjust the tour itinerary/route to get to clear sky.

It is a rare possibility that a tour may be impacted by weather or other conditions to the point that the tour would have to be cancelled prior to departure, or that a tour may have to be cut short, so as to ensure the safety of all participants. In the case of extreme or extenuating circumstances, the guide has full authority to cancel a tour.

If your guide determines it is necessary to cancel your tour prior to departure, you will be given the option of either 1) rescheduling your tour at no charge (subject to availability), 2) receiving a full credit for the original amount paid, with no expiry date, or 3) receiving a full refund less 10%.

Park entrance fees are not included. Entrance fees are $20 per person or $35 per family, and are good for one week. Annual passes are also available. Please see Yellowstone's website: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fees.htm or a park entrance kiosk for more information.

Gratuity is not included.

Meet Your Guide

Angela Tempo earned her B.S. in Journalism and her M.S. in Photojournalism from Boston University. She pursued a second M.S. in Public Relations from Kent State University. After 12 years of working in the corporate sector in sales and marketing, Angela decided to become a Certified First Responder in Natural Disaster. Angela has worked for FEMA and BLM as swift water rescuer, EMT and Wildland Firefighter, and has responded to a variety of hurricanes and wildfires. In 2018, she moved to the edge of Yellowstone National Park and has focused her photography efforts on night sky and long exposure photography, as well as wildlife and landscapes. Angela speaks both Spanish and English.

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You can also reach us at 406-579-3838 (call or text) or cara.mcgary@gmail.com

Night sky photography guide, Angela Tempo