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“This is the place to see all the animals!” 5 of 5 stars
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Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Flagler Beach, Florida
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“This is the place to see all the animals!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Amazing herds of bison and pronged horned antelope, along with Elk and beautiful scenery. Bears are possible also! Bring your biggest lens to capture any wolves across the river valley.

Visited October 2011
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Tennessee Ridge, Tennessee
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“Solitude”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

One of our favorite places to camp is Slough Creek. Limited availability in this primitive area, but worth trying to get your 'spot'. We had a bison walk right through our site which was on the river. Grizzlies frequent this area so it's important to know about the wilderness before setting up camp. A BEAUTIFUL valley! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! A wolf pack lives in the valley as well.

Visited September 2011
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“Don't miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

The Lamar Valley does not get the press of Old Faithful or other spots but is is more secluded, wide open, beautiful and a great place to see wildlife.

Visited September 2011
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Yellowstone Nat. Park
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“Fabulous! wildlife watching”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

Since everyone can get a park newspaper when you enter the park, and it has great advice (hint, hint), here are a few off-the-beaten-path tips that may help enhance your experience watching the abundant wildlife in the Lamar Valley. (1) Know how far you are from the nearest vault toilet. The vault toilets at the Stock Pullout and at the start of the roads to the Slough Creek and Pebble Creek Campgrounds are your friends! (2) Quiet please! Please keep your voices down, don't slam the car door, and when the grizzly or wolf first appears try your best not to shout "There it is!" It won't be easy at that moment, but everyone around you (including the animals) will appreciate your restraint. (3) Even if you don't have a spotting scope, bring your binoculars. Eight or ten power is all you need, and they really will enhance your viewing experience. And don't be afraid to politely ask someone looking at wildlife through his scope if you may take a peek. Most wildlife watchers are very generous people. (4) Buy a book or two at a bookstore in one of the Visitor Centers. The more you know about the animals you are watching, the more you will appreciate the experience. It is a small expenditure that is very worthwhile. (5) Plan your day so that you are back to your room before nightfall. The bison love the road at night, and they are impossible to see. Scientists looking for the key to invisibility should study the bison at night. (6) Get an early start and pack a lunch. You may plan to get back to your room for lunch or a late breakfast, but if the wildlife watching is really great you may not ever want to leave. (7) Drive slowly. The animals are often on the road and the other motorists do the darndest things! And if you stop, please be sure you are completely off the road, and it should only be at a pullout. Never stop in the lane of travel -- remember, the other motorists are looking at everything BUT you. (8) Consider one of the commercial guide services or a class from the non-profit Yellowstone Association if you want some more in-depth knowledge. They are terrific teachers. (9) Dress in layers. In every season the temperature change from early morning to mid-day and then to dusk is quite considerable. Layers off and then later layers back on will keep you comfortable. (10) Be prepared for your teenager or pre-teen to have a life altering experience of the positive kind. The Lamar Valley really can be that good. (11) Remember that the animals are wild, not on anyone's payroll and keep their own hours. If you don't see many animals today, there is always tomorrow! Enjoy!

Visited August 2011
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“Apparently, the animals like to keep the American serengeti to themselves.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

The disneyfication of Lamar Valley is obvious. Busloads of tourists line its narrow curbs in constant vigil to some unknown carcass that may possibly attract some famished predators. The scopes are out in full force, set on the valley edge like stilts ready to trounce the view with instant magnification of a megafauna that may appear from the forest silhoutte. The show is a waiting game. It may deliver or it may not. I'm sure the bears have their own agenda too- stay away from humans as much as possible.

Visited September 2011
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