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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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Lamar River, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Elk herd, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park


Soda Butte, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Wildlife photographer, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Buffalo cow and calf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
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 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Lamar River, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Buffalo cow and calf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Bighorn Sheep, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
River otter, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
  Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Wildlife viewer, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Soda Creek near Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Bighorn Sheep, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park



Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Buffalo, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
  Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Black bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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Elk, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
Elk herd, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park
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              Lamar Valley Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

The Lamar Valley is known for its wildlife viewing.  
Wildlife photographers, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Buffalo, elk, grizzly bears, wolves, black bears, antelope, otters, osprey, bald eagles and coyotes are just a few of the species you might find along the highway as you drive through the heart of this legendary valley of Yellowstone National Park

Located between Tower Junction and the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City Montana, the wildlife viewing actually starts the instant you turn onto the highway at Tower Junction / Roosevelt. Within a mile, you'll cross the Yellowstone River, and that's when "the games begin!"  And one of the great things about the 
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Lamar Road is that it's open all year long.  The school bus travels this road all winter long taking Cooke City kids to the school at Gardiner Montana, which allows visitors to really enjoy winter in Yellowstone National Park all winter long!  The total length of the road between Tower Junction / Roosevelt and the Northeast Entrance is 29 miles, and is the only road in the park that's open all year.  (See Lamar Valley Map at the bottom of the page.)

The Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park is not on the Grand Loop, but if you like viewing wildlife, it's definitely a side trip worth your while.  And please keep in mind that during different times of the year, viewing will vary.  But the beauty of the Lamar Valley is that you NEVER know what you'll come across, and it is like being on an African Safari.  That's why it's known as "America's Serengeti."


Grizzly Bears
Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
      In the spring, Grizzly bears come out of their dens looking for food  
            throughout the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.
     
During certain times of the year, especially spring, grizzly bears are roaming the Lamar Valley in search of food after they've come out of their dens.  Often times a grizzly will come across an elk killed by wolves, and will take ownership of it.   This makes for an exciting wildlife viewing experience!


Gray Wolves
Gray wolf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
The Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park is a great place to see gray wolves.

Probably the best place to see wolves in Yellowstone National Park is the Lamar Valley.  Sometimes they will be right off the road, and other times they are far off in the distance.  Because this is such a wide valley, we strongly urge you to BRING BINOCULARS or a SPOTTING SCOPE so you can enjoy the wildlife no matter how far away they are.



The Three "Sections" of the Lamar Road...
Bear Jam, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
There are three "sections" of the 29 mile road between Roosevelt and Cooke CityThe first section is the expanse between the Yellowstone River Bridge and the Lamar River Bridge.  Wildlife viewing is fantastic throughout this entire section.  In fact, we feel at times it's as action packed as the actual Lamar Valley.  We have seen a ton of grizzlies and wolves in this fun section of the Lamar Road.  The Yellowstone Picnic Area and Slough Creek Campground are located here.

The photo to the right is of a "Bear Jam" on the Yellowstone Bridge just below the Yellowstone Picnic Area.  "Bear Jams" on this road are quite common. 

The second section is the actual Lamar Valley.  This extremely wide valley was carved out by glaciers during the last ice age about 10,000 years ago, and this is where some great wildlife viewing can take place, depending on the time of year.  There are several large pullouts for you to take in the view.  You'll also see the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The third "section" of the road begins when Soda Butte Creek enters the Lamar River.   There is still excellent wildlife viewing as the road leaves the Lamar Valley and follows Soda Butte Creek all the way northward to Cooke City, Montana.  Along the road you'll see the amazing Soda Creek Butte, Pebble Creek Campground and Ice Box Canyon.  This is a gorgeous drive because of the towering mountains that will begin to surround you as you get closer to the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park.


Winter In Yellowstone
The road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City Montana, which runs through the Lamar Valley, is the only road open to wheeled vehicles in the entire park during the Yellowstone Park Winter Season.  The Yellowstone Park winter season provides an excellent time to view wildlife throughout the Lamar Valley.  

For information on Winter in Yellowstone, click here.


Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
We watched these rams crash their horns together for several hours right next to the Lamar Valley Road in Yellowstone National Park!

Bighorn Sheep, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
One of the best place to see Bighorns in Yellowstone National Park (in the summer) is near the Yellowstone Picnic Area located along the first section of the Lamar Road.


Buffalo
Buffalo calves, aka red dogs, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
The Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park is full of buffalo, and during the spring of the year they have their calves known as "Red Dogs".  These calves are really cute and fun to watch as they scamper and play.


River Otters
River otters, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
The Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park holds a fair number of River Otters, and it's truly a special treat to see them.  They are found all along the Lamar River as it runs through the Lamar Valley, and Soda Butte Creek also has it's share of this incredible fascinating animals all the way up past Pebble Creek.

Helpful E-Books
We wrote several informative E-Books that will really help you plan your next vacation to Yellowstone National Park.  To help you with your travel plans, check out "1 To 7 Day Vacation Itineraries For Yellowstone National Park".  This E-Book will really help you maximize your enjoyment in Yellowstone National Park.  For all of our ebooks, click here.





Gray wolf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
This is what's known as a "Wolf Jam" in Yellowstone Park's Lamar Valley.

Gray wolf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Sometimes you'll get to see wolves right next to the road in Yellowstone Park's Lamar Valley- If you're lucky!

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
The Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park is extremely wide- so again, make sure you bring your binoculars or spotting scope in case the animals are far off in the distance.

Buffalo, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
There are tons of buffalo in the Lamar Valley.

Soda Butte, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
This is the famous Soda Butte, which is just north of the actual Lamar Valley.  It's a large, dormant hot spring cone that's right off the road!

Pronghorn Antelope, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
You'll see plenty of pronghorn antelope throughout the first two sections of the Lamar Road.  During the spring of the year, they give birth to their fawns and hide them in the tall sagebrush.

Grizzly bear chasing wolf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
This is a rare photo of a grizzly chasing off a wolf from a buffalo calf carcass in the Lamar Valley.  That's one thing about the Lamar Valley, you never know what you're going to see!

Buffalo, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
The Lamar Road is open all year long, which allows visitors to experience the magic of winter in Yellowstone National Park.

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Bighorn Sheep, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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Gray wolf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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Buffalo, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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Lamar River, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Bighorn Sheep, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
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Buffalo, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Gray wolf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Lamar River, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
River otters, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Buffalo, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley, Yellowstone Park

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Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Buffalo calf, aka Red Dog, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park



Bighorn Sheep, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park

Buffalo, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Pronghorn Antelope, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Grizzly bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Gray wolf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
 Lamar Valley Yellowstone Park
Black bear, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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Coyote, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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