Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

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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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  • Looking at reviews, must be better in the snow. We visited in early October, saw bison but little else, were better valleys in the Park  more »
  • We drove through Lamar Valley and photographed bison, elk, and coyotes. There was not as much snow as we have seen in the past, but it is still a special place  more »
  • There's no better place in winter to see a variety of major mammals in North America. In one late January day, my wife and I drove in and saw: a wolf, a coyote feeding on a fallen bison, dozens of bis...  more »
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  • Amazing hiking and so much wildlife, even in the winter. It was very cold overnight (0F), but I would still recommend this as a backpacking trip. The campsite are large and flat with close access to water (at least the one we were at). The trails were covered in snow so we couldn't tell if they were well maintained, but there were enough markers and trail signs at every intersection that we always had a good idea where we were.
  • Best place in Wyoming to watch wildlife. Be there before sunrise and keep good binoculars to see animal activities
  • Fantastic valley with a lot of wildlife. We were lucky to see 4 black beers by taking the Trout Lake Trail. But even without the wildlife the scenery is amazing with all it colours
  • So much of wildlife! We saw these - Grizzly mama bear with 2 cubs, black bear, black bear cubs on their own, 2 different species of deer, Pika, coyote.
  • This is what Yellowstone is all about! Great to view bison + wolves + pronghorns and other wildlife. Highly recommend you park and walk in for about an hour - specially near the river. Fantastic !!

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Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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