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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

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#1 of 23 in Scenic Drive in Wyoming
Wildlife Area · Scenic Drive
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At Lamar Valley, mountain peaks gently rise from the distance and a small river flows at this picturesque spot inside Yellowstone National Park where wildlife abounds. Photographers bring their gear and wait for bears, wolves, elk, bison, and other wildlife to appear. You can fish along the river with a permit; anglers wrangle for cutthroat and rainbow trout here. To get the best out of this small gem in Yellowstone, take an organized wildlife excursion. By using our Yellowstone National Park day trip planning app, you can arrange your visit to Lamar Valley and other attractions in Yellowstone National Park.
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  • We got up early to go to Lamar Valley but the road was blocked due to the flooding in Yellowstone. We were disappointed but saw animals in other areas of the park. Was not a waisted trip. 
    We got up early to go to Lamar Valley but the road was blocked due to the flooding in Yellowstone. We were disappointed but saw animals in other areas of the park. Was not a waisted trip.  more »
  • There was so much to see as to wildlife. It was May and of course it was "baby" season. Lots of wolf cubs, bear cubs, bison calf, etc. Just about everything you would expect to see and the... 
    There was so much to see as to wildlife. It was May and of course it was "baby" season. Lots of wolf cubs, bear cubs, bison calf, etc. Just about everything you would expect to see and the...  more »
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  • One of the best places to see wildlife in Yellowstone is Lamar Valley, and the best time to visit Lamar Valley is at dawn or dusk. Elk, bison, deer, and pronghorn thrive in the grasslands of this area, known as the northern range. In fact, some of the largest wild herds of bison and elk in North America are found here. The northern range is critical winter habitat for these large animals, which in turn provide food for several packs of wolves. Coyotes are also common, and occasional bobcat, cougar, or red fox are reported.
  • Escape (some) of the crowds and go over to Lamar Valley for some wild hiking. Great encounters with bison, antelope, elk and bear. Be safe but explore. We did the Lamar river trail out for 3 miles then back. Azing views of the rivers and wildlife.

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