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Hayden Valley

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Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
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“bison” (448 reviews)
“grizzly bears” (29 reviews)
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This lovely valley is verdant and green and a great place for spotting bison. Definitely worth the time to drive the stretch of Park Loop Road between Fishing Bridge and Canyon Village.

Thank Rachel L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the beautiful Hayden Valley in August and saw many bisons. While the bison viewing was very special, traffic was also memorable but in a bad way. Many visitors didn't use the provided pullouts for wildlife viewing and drove slowly while taking photos. Please...More

2  Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Any place in Yellowstone can surprise you anytime. Be prepared and look for other parked cars (rather than looking for wildlife itself.) Somebody has already spotted it for you.

1  Thank Jayant K
Reviewed 17 November 2017

Hayden Valley stretches from the Canyon area to the Lake area. There are several places to stop and watch the valley for bison or other wildlife. Bison are the most common animal seen. We saw a few herds. During the day traffic may slow down...More

1  Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Our first stop driving through Yellowstone (we came in through the East entrance) and it's obvious that this is a wild place. Aside from the buffalo crossing the road we encountered, there are several places to pull off and observe the herds grazing. You could...More

Thank Lisamarie1138
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We visited this valley during the first snowfall of the season -- surprisingly, September 2017! Images of wildlife stood out against the beautiful, white landscape. The valley is along the road from Canyon Lodge to Lake Yellowstone. Be sure to see it on your trip...More

Thank Jacquie W
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Call them Bison, Buffalo whatever they are here. Large herd in open meadows. Bring a telephoto in case they are across the river.

1  Thank BearGuy60
Reviewed 22 October 2017

If there were no wildlife, the valley would be beautiful scenery. But seldom have I been here without seeing all kinds of wildlife, and it's one of the first places we visit when in the park. It's an easy drive if you're not into hiking....More

Reviewed 18 October 2017

That's the best chance to see a lot of bisons walking around, even on the street. If you have some binoculars you can also watch the birds and even some bears walking around in a long distance. Even good for wild life photo shots. Could...More

1  Thank Jens F
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

A beautiful drive and if you have time, pull up in a turn out and wait. We saw bison, elk, a few wolves here. A grizzly was spotted just down the road. The way this area has been laid out, the turn outs are above...More

Thank Wendy S
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john b
27 July 2016|
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Response from MinotGirl | Reviewed this property |
I would imagine that the best viewing times are early morning and dusk when their prey is also active. Keep in mind that September, being later in the season, is possibly when bears are getting ready for hibernation... More
10 May 2016|
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Response from ShifraToronto | Reviewed this property |
It took me many months to plan my trip. The Moon guide to Yellowstone was also quite helpful. I saw most of the park--check out my other reviews and let me know if I missed any you would like me to post. If you found my... More