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Review of Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley
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Yellowstone Upper Loop Self Guided Driving Tour from Jackson Hole
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Lamar Valley, located in the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, is beautiful, wild and largely untouched. You can observe many kinds of wildlife--pikas, mountain bluebirds, ravens, marmots, antelope, mountain sheep, mountain goats, deer, elk, bison, foxes, coyotes, wolves and bears, and that's all I can think of at the moment! Granted, I observed these while making nine to ten crossings of the valley, at all times of the day. All of these were observed from the
road with and without binoculars. The valley is breathtakingly beautiful on its own--the spaces are
vast, the valleys enclosed by mountains near and far, that ring the park. Be aware--this trip I saw a wider range of animals than I had ever seen there before, perhaps because my trip was early in the season and the animals were migrating from winter to summer feeding grounds. Still, the valley is so breathtaking in its vastness! And if only elk and bison were seen no visitor would have any right to complain. The animals are wild and free and have little interest or fear of humans. Humans must respect the animals and stay in there vehicles, and if you exit your car--
please follow the rangers instructions--and respect the animals space limits!

Thank Sheila B
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

We spent six days going through Yellowstone, and did the Lamar Valley roundtrip three times (most of the roads were still closed) and this is THE place to see the predominance of animal activity. We did see the Grizzlies leaving the east entrance on our last day, but we saw everything else on the list (well, except wolves and a moose). I got pictures of mountain goats (3), multitudes of bison, pronghorn antelope, elk, Mountain Sheep, Marmots, Coyotes. We even got a video of a coyote grabbing a ground squirrel, tossing it around and eating it, totally oblivious to us. Wow! We were mesmerized. If you only have a brief time to explore this park, and geysers aren't your main priority, do this drive!

1  Thank ruthandvern
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

But it was very beautiful! We had a 30 minute traffic jam as we waited for the buffalo to cross to road. We were also able to see a wolf looking to pick off a buffalo from the pack. Will definitely want to come back here and spend more time on our next trip.

Thank Jenny Z
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Just returned from Yellowstone. Completed trip before Memorial Day. Weather was predominantly cold to cool, and rain was intermittently an issue (none of which was problematic). Crowds, we were told, were light compared to the high season. Spent most of a day driving, walking, observing, from the northwest corner (Mammoth) to the northeast entrance (i.e., through the Lamar Valley in both directions). Had a mostly cool, sunny day and saw loads of wildlife from the car, including black bear, coyotes and bison. A male Pronghorn "antelope" raced past our car on its way to a collection of females that we had passed just before, giving us a feel for just how fast and graceful they are. A mama black bear, with one cub, walked by, just a few feet away from our car. Bison, which are not hard to find just about anywhere in the park, were especially fun to watch in the Lamar Valley, because they appeared to be migrating en masse with their young to greener pastures. I have attached a picture of one of two coyotes that we got very close to. One we were able to watch stalk and devour a ground squirrel without leaving our car or needing binoculars. We also saw a grizzly bear during a short hike, on the other side of Trout Lake. I highly suggest that you read up on how to drive through the park, and how to walk safely on its trails, especially when bears are active and with cubs, and also when children and elderly folks are part of your group.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

It's a bit of a drive out through Lamar Valley, but if you enjoy animal watching or photography then this is the place. Sometimes to have to stop and watch, or use a spotting scope. But you can see grizzly, elk, bison, wolves, coyote, antelope and more!

1  Thank Michele B
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