Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park

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Enter a wildlife paradise at Hayden Valley, an ancient lake bed and the world's largest stomping grounds of free-roaming bison. Take one of the two trails, observe, and be patient. Herds of buffalo, elks, coyotes, and the occasional grizzly bear frequent the area to graze, drink, and feed. The valley abounds with rivers, creeks, and ponds, but fishing is off-limits so just enjoy the views of the waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and pelicans. A number of roadside turn-offs offer sweeping views of the valley. Stick to the path when hiking, since off-trail exploration on foot is forbidden. Plan your Hayden Valley visit and explore what else you can see and do in Yellowstone National Park using our Yellowstone National Park vacation maker website .
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  • You can always see bison and elk, but the bears and wolves are best in the morning. This is the one place in the park that we prefer a guide. We have gone 8 times (over 16 years) with Yellowstone Fore...  more »
  • Lots of bison easily enjoyed from this area. Just be sure to drive slowly and carefully, looking out for, yes, bison, but also for fellow travelers!  more »
  • Lamar Valley is my top pick, but if you don't want to drive to that corner of the park, Hayden Valley is beautiful too. I say wolves there one year, but haven't seen much of anything else the other 2 ...  more »
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  • A lot of wildlife viewing opportunities in the valley in springtime. Fox's, Bears, Bison, wolves. Bring binoculars.
  • Very nice place. Get a good binocular.
  • Best place to see buffalo in the park - they are usually always here during late summmer
  • Loved it. Awsome meadows
  • Lots of bisons. many people waiting for grizzly bear. Unfortunately,we miss it.

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