Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park

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Enter a wildlife paradise at Hayden Valley, an ancient lake bed and the world's largest stomping grounds of free-roaming bison. Take one of the two trails, observe, and be patient. Herds of buffalo, elks, coyotes, and the occasional grizzly bear frequent the area to graze, drink, and feed. The valley abounds with rivers, creeks, and ponds, but fishing is off-limits so just enjoy the views of the waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and pelicans. A number of roadside turn-offs offer sweeping views of the valley. Stick to the path when hiking, since off-trail exploration on foot is forbidden. Plan your Hayden Valley visit and explore what else you can see and do in Yellowstone National Park using our Yellowstone National Park vacation maker website .
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  • You can always see bison and elk, but the bears and wolves are best in the morning. This is the one place in the park that we prefer a guide. We have gone 8 times (over 16 years) with Yellowstone Fore...  more »
  • Lots of bison easily enjoyed from this area. Just be sure to drive slowly and carefully, looking out for, yes, bison, but also for fellow travelers!  more »
  • Lamar Valley is my top pick, but if you don't want to drive to that corner of the park, Hayden Valley is beautiful too. I say wolves there one year, but haven't seen much of anything else the other 2 ...  more »
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  • August is supposedly the mating season for bisons so we got to see hundreds of them in Hayden valley although we were expecting to. It was easily the biggest highlight of the day as we got to watch them rutting, fighting, feeding their young ones and casually walking past our vehicles grunting softly! Just remember never to show your cockiness to them because even if they don't mean to, their sheer body weight (which can be 2000lb in males) can injure you badly.
  • Beautiful area with lots of wildlife. The views are breathtaking. We were there end of August, lots of bison. They caused a few traffic jams.
  • Nice place to look for bison, elk, deer, and bear. Very open space. Good for photography. Just don't get to close to the animals and you'll be fine.
  • Great place in Yellowstone to see wildlife. Beautiful area accented by the Yellowstone River.
  • The bison put on a show for us! Park visitors are a patient bunch, almost everyone on the road pulled over, had their binoculars, cameras, and video gear out. The bison knew they were the main event! Mama bison hung out with little bison. The bull bisons were being bull headed, snorting, and making a lot of noise. Two different times the bison were crossing the asphalt road and they came very close to the parked cars. Completely amazing!
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