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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

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#1 of 23 in Scenic Drive in Wyoming
Wildlife Area · Scenic Drive
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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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  • The scenery was gorgeous, Lamar Valley is an excellent place to view bison herds, the wildlife here is amazing! 
    The scenery was gorgeous, Lamar Valley is an excellent place to view bison herds, the wildlife here is amazing!  more »
  • We were here the 3rd week of October 2022. The drive through the Lamar Valley is a must see when visiting Yellowstone National Park. When going late in the season, you will definitely avoid the... 
    We were here the 3rd week of October 2022. The drive through the Lamar Valley is a must see when visiting Yellowstone National Park. When going late in the season, you will definitely avoid the...  more »
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  • One of the best places to see wildlife in Yellowstone is Lamar Valley, and the best time to visit Lamar Valley is at dawn or dusk. Elk, bison, deer, and pronghorn thrive in the grasslands of this area, known as the northern range. In fact, some of the largest wild herds of bison and elk in North America are found here. The northern range is critical winter habitat for these large animals, which in turn provide food for several packs of wolves. Coyotes are also common, and occasional bobcat, cougar, or red fox are reported.
  • Escape (some) of the crowds and go over to Lamar Valley for some wild hiking. Great encounters with bison, antelope, elk and bear. Be safe but explore. We did the Lamar river trail out for 3 miles then back. Azing views of the rivers and wildlife.

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