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Winter in Magical Yosemite Valley 2019

02/16/2019 - 02/20/2019


$250.00 EARLY-BIRD Signup Discount

until January 6, 2019

Yosemite Valley is probably the most picturesque National Park in the United States. The very best time to capture this unique landscape is mid-February when the gorgeous landscape is bathed in a magical warm light and often accentuated with light snow. And…this is the only time of year you can capture Nature’s FIRE FALL at Horsetail Falls.

Join APT for a bucket-list photography adventure. We will take you to the most scenic locations at just the right times to capture them when they are the most beautiful. We will also take you to some less known areas, but are just as beautiful. Of course we will share tips and insights on how to perfectly capture this magnificent landscape.

APT will also ensure you are at a prime location, at just the right time, to capture the phenomenon of the Nature’s FIRE FALL. During these few days in February, when the conditions are just right, the warm evening light hits the granite face of El Capitan in back of Horsetails Falls at just the right angle to make the waterfall glow. It is a natural show like no other.

The price for this adventure is $1595.00. This includes LODGING (double occupancy) , travel to and from the San Francisco airport and all travel in and around the park. Airfare and meals are NOT INCLUDED. A single occupancy option is available for an additional fee of $250.00.

The light moves fast, so you will receive photo tips sheets in advance to ensure you’re ready to capture these beautiful scenes when the light is hitting just right. After the workshop, you’ll receive video tutorials demonstrating how we post-process the images we captured.

Again, the workshop fee includes transportation from the San Francisco airport (SFO) to Yosemite; transportation during the workshop; and return transportation from Yosemite to the San Francisco airport. All lodging in Yosemite and San Francisco is included in the price. The price is based upon double occupancy.

You should plan on arriving in San Francisco by 11:00 am on February 16th. You may book return flights after 11:00 am on February 20, 2019. As of this posting, airfare is $200.00 to $300.00 round-trip from Denver (DEN) to San Francisco (SFO).

CANCELLATION POLICY: Due to the outlay of expenses prior to the workshop, once payment is made, no refunds can be given unless the workshop is cancelled. We strongly advise trip insurance to protect yourself in the event that unavoidable circumstances prevent you from making the trip.  For travel insurance, visit RoamRight. If you would like to call RoamRight, dial 844-631-6705 and mention American Photo Treks.  They can insure any non-refundable expenses.  We have used them before for travel insurance.

RSVP INSTRUCTIONS: Due to our permit restrictions, we are limited to 11 participants on this exciting workshop. Once you RSVP, additional information will be sent to you.

A deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve your space.  The remainder of the workshop fee can be made in two installments of $650.00 due by December 15, 2018, and $645.00 due by January 18, 2019.  RSVPs after January 1, 2019 require payment in full.  A single occupancy option is available for $250.00.  An early bird discount of $250.00 is available until December 15, 2018.  Please email us at workshops@americanphototreks.com with your payment and occupancy preferences.  A PayPal invoice will be sent to you reflecting your choices.


We’ll visit the iconic Yosemite National Park in mid-February 2018. We’ll photograph many of the iconic Yosemite Valley features including:

  • Yosemite Valley from the Tunnel View
  • Bridalveil Falls
  • Cook’s Meadow
  • Gates of the Valley
  • Yosemite Falls
  • Half Dome
  • Weather permitting, we’ll also capture Nature’s Fire Fall at Horsetail Falls which occurs at sunset.

We’ll travel back to San Francisco for our final night where we will photograph the Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach at sunset.

LODGING: All lodging is included in the price. We will be staying at the Yosemite Cedar Lodge in El Portal, CA. It is about a 15 minute drive from the hotel to the park entrance. We will return to San Francisco on the afternoon of February 20, 2019. We will be staying at hotel near the Golden Gate Bridge.

TRAVEL: You should plan on arriving at the San Francisco airport (SFO) by 11:00 am on Saturday, February 16, 2019. We will meetup, and drive to Yosemite Valley.

We are renting large vehicles to comfortably transport everyone from the airport to Yosemite Valley.  Please limit your luggage to one suitcase, your camera bag, and a small personal item such as purse, small backpack, etc.

Current round trip airfare from Denver to San Francisco is $200 to $300.

We’ll be departing for home the afternoon on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Flight reservations may be made for 11:00 am or later.

FOOD: We suggest that you bring food for snacks during the day. After sunrise, we’ll visit Yosemite Village for a late morning brunch. For dinner, we’ll visit a restaurant near the hotel.


  • DSLR camera will be required for this workshop
  • Daypack-style camera bag
  • Sturdy, but light tripod
  • Remote shutter release
  • Extra camera batteries (these tend to discharge faster at higher/colder climates)
  • Extra storage cards (there will be lots to shoot, so bring plenty!)
  • Wide-angle through telephoto lenses.
  • Neutral Density filters (highly recommended)

CLOTHING & GEAR: Weather in Yosemite Valley this time of year can range from mild to cold. There may be fog, rain, or even snow. Snow overnight can make the valley extremely beautiful. You will need to be prepared for a variety of conditions. We recommend planning to dress in layers and be prepared for rain.

  • Layered clothing.
  • A hat and sunglasses.
  • Sun Block.
  • A towel or two to dry off cameras and lenses.
  • Waterproof boots.
  • Any medications you need including prescriptions. This includes antacids, anti-diarrhea, pain relievers (Tylenol, Aleve, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.).

1 Comment

  1. drsalway

    This looks like it will be a great trek. I’m looking forward to be shooting with and learning more from you all. I sent message as instructed the link given that I prefer single occupancy.

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