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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

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#1 of 22 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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  • This is such a gorgeous valley which provides a fine drive, a place to relax and view it all, animals, and sheer beauty. 
    This is such a gorgeous valley which provides a fine drive, a place to relax and view it all, animals, and sheer beauty.  more »
  • Having been to Yellowstone before I could not recall driving this area, however this trip I was determined to see it all. This drive is absolutely magnificent and is on the way to Cooke City, Mt... 
    Having been to Yellowstone before I could not recall driving this area, however this trip I was determined to see it all. This drive is absolutely magnificent and is on the way to Cooke City, Mt...  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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