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Yellowstone is known for being one of America’s greatest wild places, and one of the unique characteristics of the park is the accessibility of this wilderness to visitors. A trip to the Lamar Valley isn’t any more difficult than getting in your car, however you’ll have the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.

The major attraction of the Lamar Valley are the furred and feathered full-time residents. This is one of the premier locations for wildlife enthusiasts, and a variety of the parks’ most famous mammals and birds call the valley home. While bison can also be seen in great abundance in the Hayden Valley, the Lamar Valley is the premier location to catch a glimpse of wolves, bears (both Grizzly and black bears), bighorn sheep, eagles, osprey, and pronghorn.

Most of the animals in the area are crepuscular, which means that they’re most active at dawn and dusk. While the animals don’t keep a regular schedule, you’re more likely to see them at the fringes of the day, so plan to arrive early, or stay late. You’ll be able to scout many of the full-time residents from your car or you have the option to pull out at one of many viewpoints. The Northeast Entrance Road is open year round, giving visitors to view wildlife in a variety of seasons.

It’s recommended that visitors bring along scopes or binoculars, as it’s possible for wildlife to appear both near and far.

On the Road: Visit from your vehicle or take a hike, it's your choice!

Family Friendly: Few youngsters will forget the sight of wolves, bears, bison, or larger mammals, and this is a great place to see them!

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