Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

4.9
#1 of 184 in Outdoors 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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  • This is another great area in Yellowstone! You can not find a bad place in this park! This area has lots of animals! We tools lots of pictures!  more »
  • When you come through the pass and the Lamar Valley opens before you, you will cry. Well, I did :-). It is remarkable. Go early, hike the trail to Cache Creek if possible... the animals are active, th...  more »
  • Expansive vistas. Peaceful driving to look for wildlife. Have a full tank of gas and food in the car. Never know if you may get stuck in a bison or bear jam!  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.
  • From September of 2009. We entered the park from the east this early morning and were amazed to see ranger and visitors viewing the Druid Wolf Pack. An awesome site to see. Not the best camera for the distance. P90 Nikon.
  • Have never seen so many bison in one place. Thousands of bisons together. This place is like Africa's Serengetti national park. You will find the excitement of a safari. Bison and their cubs cross the street at a certain time. Only thing you can do thay time is sit in your car and watch thousands of bison crossing the street.
  • Best place in Wyoming to watch wildlife. Be there before sunrise and keep good binoculars to see animal activities
  • So far have seen the most interesting wildlife in this area, particularly wolves.
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