Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

4.8
#1 of 88 in Wildlife in Wyoming
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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  • I was there with a group of photographers led by Dale Franz. We drove from Gardiner to Cooke town two three times and saw lots of wildlife like foxes, coyote, bison, big horn sheep. The scenery was...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery, lots and lots of wild life away from the masses of tourists - worth the drive. Plenty of hikes for all levels.  more »
  • We ended our Yellowstone trip with Lamar Valley. We tried to get up earlier in the morning to catch the animals. There were so many bison that several times they were in the road. I wouldn't let...  more »
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  • Although the whole Yellow Stone park was beautiful, the Lamar valley and Hayden valley were more special in the sense that we saw a lot of wildlife here, hundreds of Bisons and a few elks. We also saw 4 grizzly bears feeding on the carcass of a bison and a coyote lurking by. We went on the trail that went to the Lamar river. Gorgeous place. People we fishing. We went knee down in water although it was slightly cold. Spending the sunset in the valleys was amazing. What a beautiful place. I would love to go there again if I get a chance.
  • Pretty much guaranteed to see some wildlife. Mostly Buffalo but you never know. Usually easy to tell when something is close to the road because a dozen cars will be on the side of the road looking.
  • This was probably the most scenic drive I took in Yellowstone and certainly offered up the best viewing for wildlife on my trip. The vistas were just amazing and there was herd after herd of bison and elk. I would definitely suggest taking the extra drive out this way if it fits into your schedule. It was literally stop after stop just to grab every photo opp.
  • There was so much wildlife along the drive! It was amazing how much wide open space there was with so many bison roaming around. If you have the time it is well worth the trip. We drove most of the way to the northeast entrance.
  • You will see tons of wildlife. Just make sure to pull off the road if you stop. Quick tip, don't stop to gawk at the first herd of buffalo you see, you'll see 1,000 more, and have them all to yourself, instead of being stuck in a line of 50 cars as soon as you get in the valley

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