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Hayden Valley

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Address: Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
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Lots of buffalo and elk with incredible view of mountains,forest,streams along with geysers. Great drive and pull offs to view and also snap a couple picture

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of buffalo and elk with incredible view of mountains,forest,streams along with geysers. Great drive and pull offs to view and also snap a couple picture

Thank Lisa Y
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While not the only place in the park to see wildlife, the Hayden Valley is a prime area. Get there EARLY, 6:30am to 7:30am at least, and take it slow. Wildlife is unpredictable, but the earlier you are out, the more likely you are to see it. Listen to the Rangers! They are there to help you stay safe and... More 

Thank Charles R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best places in the park to view wildlife... lots of bison walking along the road. Lots of elk as well... must do in Yellowstone!

Thank Arkansastraveler74
Blaine, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An old lake bed with some persisting water features, this valley (elevation 8000 ft.) is surmounted only by the mountainous peaks that border it. If you want to see a herd of bison (30) then head for Hayden.

Thank Dennis W
Westborough, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent time in both the Lamar and Hayden Valleys looking for wildlife in general and bison in particular. Hayden is more open and larger. We saw a lot a bison, and enjoyed a leisurely drive with occasional stops. Drive through Hayden, and stop in Lamar.

1 Thank Ajit M
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Get out, explore - but, take your time. There is so much to see in do around Hayden Valley and so much wildlife but it takes patience. Also, please be respectful - follow the driving/parking rules in the park. This is truly amazing and beautiful country that should be enjoyed by all!

1 Thank stormitraveler
Laval, Canada
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

we were looking for a place where we would see animals and we were not disappointed. the park rangers told us about this area and said that this would be our best bet. we were not disappointed. we saw a herd of more than 100 bison. we saw mountain goats (i think). we saw prairie dogs. we saw elk (... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

This has rivers, trees, mountains and wildlife, all at the same time. Take a drive past this valley and enjoy the beauty from your car. There is a good chance you will also see herds of animals. We were able to pull over and watch as a huge herd of Bison charged across the plains.

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Reviewed 5 March 2017

The best place I found to see wildlife while i was there in Aug. It was beautiful and wildlife was everywhere. Can't wait to go back!

1 Thank tonyadamron
Bratislava, Slovakia
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We were extremely lucky on our second visit to Hayden valley as we were able to watch a pack of wolves (in distance) and a grizzly bear feeding on a elk carcass. It was once in a lifetime experience as we heard the wolves howling and watching the bear feed on the carcass for more than an hour. There was... More 

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