Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
The Lamar Valley is known for its wildlife viewing.
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
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 Three "Sections" of the Lamar Road...
Winter In Yellowstone
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.
This is what's known as a "Wolf Jam" in Yellowstone Park's Lamar Valley.
Sometimes you'll get to see wolves right next to the road in Yellowstone Park's Lamar Valley- If you're lucky!
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.
There are tons of buffalo in the Lamar Valley.
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!
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!
Wolf pack hunting elk in the Lamar Valley at dusk