Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park: Address, Phone Number, Lamar Valley Reviews: 5/5

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Linda P
Massachusetts469 contributions
Aug 2021
To fully enjoy Lamar Valley, hire a driver or tour guide, do not driver yourself you will be doing yourself a disservice because you will not enjoy it at all. Being able to sit back with someone else driving and also giving you great information about what you are seeing is well worth the price.

Just amazing to see all these bison, wandering everywhere, down the street, traveling across the road, right by the side of the road. They were oblivious to all the cars and people, wish there was a regulation on the amount of vehicles that could travel this road so it wouldn't be like Disneyland to many. The amount of stupid things people were doing was insane, getting way too close to them. At one point our tour guide pulled over to a group of people and told them they shouldn't get that close since the bison were in rutting season and could turn on a dime but the people just kept on ignoring her. Some people have no common sense!!!

Just a comparison Lamar Valley had the higher concentration of bison when we were there than Hayden Valley did. I still think Hayden Valley is worth a visit though.
Written September 23, 2021
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Melaney68
Chesapeake Beach, MD9,414 contributions
Aug 2020
I was captivated from the moment we came upon the herds and herds of buffalo. We were amused when the FedEx driver had to wait for a group of bison to cross the road and the bulls knew just the right sounds to get the calves moving. It was fascinating to watch the interaction among the herd. This part of the park is completely different from others and the vast immensity of the grasslands is stunning. We also saw pronghorn sheep as we drove to the east entrance for lunch. There were many trails along the way that we enjoyed exploring including Slough Creek which is known for fly fishing and Hellroaring Creek Trail that takes you to a suspension bridge over the Yellowstone River. (We walked about a mile past the suspension bridge and did not see or find anything of great significance.) This is a hike that takes you down to the bridge and the hike back to the parking lot is uphill so be sure to bring enough water.
Written July 6, 2021
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126Robert
Park Ridge, NJ134 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
He got up extra early travel two hours from old faithful in to Lamar valley to see wildlife. We arrived at dawn and immediately were greeted by a heard of bison at the roadside. It was inspiring to watch the bull bison watch over the females and calves. A little later we came across a grizzly bear and a den of wolves with pups. On the way back through the valley, we came across a black bear eating from a huckleberry bush. Always be on the lookout as we saw elk, 2 more bears, bald eagle and osprey outside of Lamar.
Written August 24, 2021
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BBG
Eden, WI15 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
3 days. Temperature 0 or below. What they don’t tell you is your sack lunch must be eaten outside of the bus. Only snowmobiles are allowed in the heated lodges except Old Faithful. They let us in the there the first day. Days 2 & 3 outside huddle along the highway at a turn off. Swallowing a cold deli sandwich at negative temps is like jugging an icicle. In hindsight a coffee thermos would have been nice. Wear insulated ski clothes. Our guide was fabulous. 1st day Old Faithful, mud pots, geysers, bison pretty good. 2nd day Lamar Valley & back total snooze. At one point we got out of the coach/mini school bus and counted the number of icicles hanging off the cliff. Lunch huddled off the highway. Then nestle your lunch bag in the snow drift while you chew your sandwich & walk to remain unfrozen. Day 3 stupendous ride amongst the bison. Stop at a lodge with heat & flush toilets. Then dine outside using the coach back grill to eat your food. I gave up in frozen disgust. Back at Mammoth Lodge by 2:30 - 3 you can only purchase a drink & appetizer at dinner. You can not buy a hot chocolate. You cannot pop microwave popcorn & your darling husband can not get lucky ‘cause his wife is beyond frustrated. All these charms are yours for $1K a day.
Written February 11, 2021
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Karen J
Colorado Springs, CO308 contributions
Jun 2021
We spent 4 days in the park and, honestly, the second day was THE BEST megafauna day! We saw Lamar Valley blanketed in buffalo, 5 adult bear, and 2 bear cubs. We at least drove all of the open major roads and walked almost all of the wooden paths. I think the best times were between 7 pm and 9 pm when most folks had gone home for the day. It was nice to have most of a national park to ourselves! NOTE: This is an exaggeration, but compared to blocks of backed up cars at the West Yellowstone entrance, occasionally passing someone else is almost alone. Some of the small areas we really did have to ourselves.

As for the unimproved toilets, most of them were quite nice. I looked for the ones with the newest “chimney” stack.

There was almost no cell signal for AT&T in the park.
Written June 23, 2021
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koabug
Honolulu, HI1,581 contributions
Jun 2021
we had a very early start (5:30 am) from our hotel in Gardiner to reach Lamar Valley before it got busy. Bison herds were along the road grazing. So many calves were playing with each other. We also saw a lone pronghorn deer and a coyote jumping around nearby. On the way back (around 12 pm) there was a line of cars but the herds of bison were farther away from the road.
Written July 6, 2021
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MNMd
Minnesota60 contributions
Jun 2022
We started driving from Mammoth to the valley at 5:30 and I'm so glad we went early in the morning. We drove the day before Yellowstone closed (yes, we were kicked out) so it was raining but the animals didn't care. We saw 5 bears, a small group of elk and oh so many bison including multiple young bison. The bears were practically right next to the car (no, we didn't get out) so it was really cool.
Written June 21, 2022
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Tom L
Tyler, TX94 contributions
Sep 2021
This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. We arrived before sunrise and hiked down to Lamar River and explored that area, with no one around it was peaceful. We saw thousands of Bison. They got pretty close to us as they were walking by so we had to back up a bit. Then on the drive back to mammoth, we saw a Grey wolf with a hurt leg stalking an Antelope, So many cars stopped just in the middle of the road. Then a mile or so later we saw a black bear eating some berries. The park rangers were on the scene so they kept traffic moving. It was a fun time would highly recommend it.
Written September 28, 2021
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Minnesota Traveler
Chanhassen, MN1,819 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We entered through Cooke City and were immediately spoiled with tons of wildlife to look at Buffalo everywhere. This is the area we’re you will see the highest concentration of wildlife as well. Cool spots to pull off and hike down to the river or up in the hills.
Written December 3, 2020
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Traveling One
Greenville, SC740 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is definitely the highlight of our trip! We rode through at sunrise and saw a wolf pack playing by the river, grizzly bear running around, pronghorn, fox, moose (2 of them), and of course bison... very large herds of bison! The wolf pack, grizzly bears, and pronghorn were barely visible to naked eye so bring your spotting scope!! The next day we rode by again during sunrise and saw all that I previously mentioned but the wolf pack was even further away and the bison were not at the road like they were the day before.

Overall i highly recommend coming here during sunrise!! 2 hours or so after sunrise the animal seemed to disappear... probably resting in the shade for the day.
Written September 25, 2020
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