Yellowstone Photo Tour / Workshop

Horseback in Yellowstone backcountry

Imagine seeing the heart of Yellowstone on horseback, striding through woods and streams of cool, refreshing waters, as you explore areas seldom seen by the likes of the common passerby.  Enjoy succulent meals cooked over an open fire – oh, they are that good!

Spend three days in Yellowstone along the Gallatin River or the Bechler River this summer.  We will be trekking in on horseback and staying overnight in a very authentic setting, amongst the stars and having the time of our lives.  If you need a real break – to get out and simply enjoy life as it was meant to be – this may be your chance.  Join us on a 3-day journey into Yellowstone on horseback.

Whether you are choosing the Gallatin River or the Beckler on Horseback, you’ll find horseback riding suitable for the least experienced rider to the expert. Epic photographic opportunities, great day hiking and possibly even a little Montana or Idaho fly fishing will accompany both of these workshops.

Wonderful for the photographer and non-photographer alike!

Your Photographers/Guides

Christopher Balmer and we will also be utilizing a guide service for the duration of this workshop:

"All guided saddle and pack stock tours in Yellowstone described on this website are conducted under Concession Contract YELL 118 and 146-16, by Yellowstone Mountain Guides Inc. an authorized concessioner of the Yellowstone National Park Service."




Gallatin River
July 8 - 10, 2019

$1,695 per person
$500 Deposit (non-refundable)
Single Supplement $0
Balance Due April 20, 2019

Deposits and Balances please pay in cash or check. CC will incur a 3.5% merchant processing fee.


Bechler River

August 26 - 28, 2019

$1,695 per person
$500 Deposit

Single Supplement $0
Balance Due May 26, 2019

Deposits and Balances please pay in cash or check. CC will incur a 3.5% merchant processing fee.



Skill Level

Beginner to Pro

Great Trip for Non-Photographers

Whether you are choosing the Gallatin River or the Beckler on Horseback, you’ll find horseback riding suitable for the least experienced rider to the expert. Epic photographic opportunities, great day hiking and possibly even a little Montana fly fishing will accompany both of these workshops. 










What's Included 

Lodging and all food will be provided during the workshop.  We will be sleeping in rugged, historical range teepee’s set up for you with top quality sleeping bags and therma rest sleeping pads.  All food will be included during this trip.

  • Camp Cook, Wrangler/Packer, and Guide provided to ensure the trip runs smoothly

  • 2 Nights accommodation – Rugged and historical range teepee set up for you

  • Top quality Sleeping Bags, therma-rest sleeping pads, a pillow and sleeping bag liner

  • Portable toilet seat

  • Campfire grilled meats, dutch oven treats and chilled desserts

  • Eat around the campfire, or at the kitchen table we pack in.

  • The camp cook will do their best to accommodate any dietary requests or restrictions

  • Horse

  • At each of these destinations (either the Gallatin River or Beckler), you’ll find horseback riding suitable for the least experienced rider to the expert.

What's Not Included 

  • Transportation to West Yellowstone (for Gallatin) or to Ashton (for Bechler)

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Gratuities

  • Trip Insurance / Personal Expenses

  • Any additional nights accommodations that take place beyond the time frame of the workshop dates

  • Laundry

  • Any emergency services, if necessary.

  • Any meals outside of those mentioned above.

  • Guides and Wranglers Tips

What Should I Wear

  • Boots with a heel

  • Gaters or waders

  • Warm Layers - (long underwear, fleece jacket, rain jacket, wool socks, etc)

  • Fingerless gloves

  • Light gloves

  • Heavy canvas-type pants (Kuhl, Wrangler, etc)

Suggested Photography Gear

  • 1 or 2 Camera bodies

  • Wide angle, low aperture lens

  • Mid range lens (18-400 / 18-300 / 28-300)

  • Extra batteries

  • Multiple memory cards

  • Sturdy tripod

  • Rainsleeves

  • Small flash

  • Moose Filter for widest lens

  • Plenty of cleaning cloths

Suggested Non-Photography Gear

  • Rain jacket 

  • Rain Sleeve to protect camera in case of rain

  • Closed-toe shoes / Potentially boots that have a heel

There will be some day hiking on this trip as we photograph along the rivers of either the Gallatin or the Bechler, depending on the trip you are attending. During the first and last day of the trip, much of the travel will be on horseback.  However, we will be taking frequent breaks to ensure that everyone enjoys the trip, regardless of whether you are used to riding horses or not.
The weather is warmer during the day and cool in the evenings: Dress in layers.

Is There a lot of Hiking? Weather?

Protect Your Trip

Travel insurance isn’t just for medical assistance. Our plans protect you AND your belongings. We offer coverage for lost, damaged and stolen luggage and belongings. Our insurance team can help you replace lost prescriptions and travel documents while you’re on your journey. Travelex Insurance is here to help.

Cancellation Policy

Workshop Fees 

All travel workshop balances are due 90 business days before workshop start date. Full payment is required on bookings taken 60 days prior to workshop start date. All workshop fees can be paid by check made out to “Perfect Light”. All card transactions for final payments will be charged a 3.5% processing fee. There will be a fee affixed for late payments. Deposits are due at time of registration and are non-refundable.


Workshop Cancellations

After registering for a workshop tour, you have three (3) business days of the original deposit date to cancel and receive a full refund (less a 6% card fee). Cancellations on the part of the participant must be made in writing and received by our office by US mail or email. If you cancel 121 or more days prior to the photo tour workshop start date, 25% of the workshop fee will be forfeited. If you cancel 120 or less days prior to the workshop start date, 100% of the workshop fee will be forfeited. If you cancel 120 days or less prior to the workshop start date and your spot is filled by another participant, you may receive a refund less all transfer fees. All refunds will be made by check.


Cancellation Fees

121 or more days prior to photo tour workshop start date 25% of workshop price forfeited

120 days or less prior to photo tour workshop start date100% of workshop fee forfeited


  1. Transfers You may transfer your workshop registration to another person to participate in your place. To transfer, please submit written notifications of the alternate participant's name, email address, phone number, and mailing address via letter or e-mail to You will be responsible for any transfer fees.

  2. Safety, Insurance, and Physical Fitness Every effort is made to ensure your safety. However, participants are responsible for their own safety and accident insurance. We do not accept responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged property. Participants must be in good physical condition for activities in an environment that may be cold, wet, and windy.

  3. Rules and Regulations: Whether the workshop you participate in is held on private, public, or government lands, you agree to abide by all rules, restrictions, and ordinances governing such lands and property. You also agree to respect the rights of other workshop participants, instructors, and those providing services to or for the workshop. Failure to comply with any governing rules or authority may result in the removal of the participant from the photo tour workshop or related activity with no provisions for refund.

  4. Disputes and Jurisdiction Any dispute over this contract involving litigation or court proceedings will be held to the governing laws of Bonneville County in the state of Idaho. Jurisdiction for any legal dispute over this contract will be conducted in the courts of Bonneville County in the state of Idaho.

  5. Schedules All workshop schedules are tentative (subjects, events, and times). Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to weather and other environmental conditions, direct or indirect logistical arrangements, transportation plans, health conditions of workshop participants and/or instructors, employees, or assigns, and/or any other factors deemed to be relevant by Perfect Light Workshops. However, we will make every effort to include just as many photographic and instructional opportunities to the participants if changes are made.

  6. Model Release: You consent that any and all photographs made of you or that include you or your property may be used by Perfect Light Workshops and/or its assigns in promotional and/or advertising efforts for no fee and/or compensation.

  7. Equipment: It is the responsibility of each participant to bring and provide his or her own equipment. Workshop participants will be given a list of suggested items to bring, but it is a suggested list only and does not replace personal preferences and for one’s possibly limited resources or health restrictions. We will attempt to have camera and accessory manufacturer’s demo products on hand for workshop participants to try and use. However, we make no promises as to the availability of any demo equipment.


Perfect Light Camera & Supply and The Yellowstone Camera Store are factory direct pro dealers for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, Sigma, Black Rapid, MeFoto, Delkin, Hoya and many other top brands in the industry.


Perfect Light Camera & Supply was opened in 2008 by Christopher Balmer and has quickly become the Nation's leader in photography education with over 14,000 classroom students from across the United States.  Photo Adventure Workshops was created in 2016 and The Yellowstone Camera Store opened in 2019.


We are the same price as online dealers and big box stores, all with the same warranties and far better service!


The Yellowstone Camera Store

16 N Canyon Street

West Yellowstone, MT  59758

(406) 646-5191


Monday - Friday 9 am - 7 pm

Saturday 8 am - 7 pm

Sunday 8 am - 5 pm

Closed for Season: October 16, 2020


Perfect Light Camera & Supply

2169 E 17th Street

Idaho Falls, Idaho

(208) 523-6789


Monday - Friday 10 am - 6 pm

Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

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