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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. Use our Yellowstone National Park tourist route planner to add Hayden Valley and other attractions to your Yellowstone National Park vacation plans.
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  • Get up early and come here to see animals as the sun rises. If you are only willing to get up once before the sun rises, go to Lamar, but this is also good. You can see wolves, but will need a scope. 
  • This is beautiful valley. Unfortunately the wolf pack here has been stricken with mange and most of the wildlife spotters set up in Lamar Valley. Without a scope it is challenging to see much wildlife...  more »
  • We toured this park of the park with the intention of seeing animals. And we did it. Bison thousands. Also coyotes, marmots, bellowing two and elk.
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