Wildlife at Yellowstone
Wildlife at Yellowstone National Park is abundant and varied, and visitor sightings change with the seasons and time of day. Plan to visit the three areas in Yellowstone with the largest number of wildlife sightings (Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, and Mt. Washburn) and you won’t be disappointed. Since animals look for food in the early morning and evening hours, you’ll have the best opportunity to see wildlife then.
Lamar Valley – The mountains that surround Lamar Valley offer a picturesque backdrop for viewing packs of wolves and coyote, and herds of bison. You’ll also see grizzly and black bears, as well as elk and moose, earning Lamar Valley its name as “North America’s Serengeti.” Bald eagles, beaver, mountain goats, pronghorn sheep, ducks, great horned-owls and other birds can all be spotted with ease; however, you will enjoy closer viewing with use of binoculars or a spotting scope…READ MORE
Mt. Washburn – Mt. Washburn offers one of the best viewpoints of Yellowstone Park. At 10,243 feet, it is the largest mountain peak in the Washburn Mountain Range it offers extraordinary views of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone Lake, and the Grand Teton Mountains. Wildlife is in abundance, with prong-horn sheep, bears, coyote, and eagles in view, so pack a light-weight camera for amazing shots. Bear sightings are common around these trails so hikers must be conscious not to wander off trail…READ MORE
Driving the Loop – Yellowstone’s Loop offers a great way to see multiple sightings of wildlife, and the park has created areas for cars to stop and watch wildlife without disturbing traffic. These “roadside pullouts” are a great way to capture close-up photos without disturbing wildlife, so don’t hesitate to take the time to stop momentarily while driving around the park. In fact, it’s this sensitivity to the animals that will allow you to see their true natural behavior and activity!
Safe hiking and visits to Yellowstone Park grounds requires learning about bear safety, and the Visitors Center offers materials to help you learn specific tactics that will help you avoid a bear confrontation. These include watching for bear signs (scat, tracks, digging), avoiding hiking at dawn, dusk, or night; and hiking in groups of three or more people. When hiking, stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
If you would like a guided tour to see these areas we recommend you consider the ”2-Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Wildlife Adventure,” or the “4-Day Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Wildlife Adventure.”