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

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.

You can choose from two 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.

We provide hot drinks, and snacks, 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.

This program may be canceled or rescheduled due to weather.

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.

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.

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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Night sky photography guide, Angela Tempo