Lamar Valley

Yellowstone National Park

Located in the far northeast corner of the park, the Lamar Valley section of Yellowstone is know for its remoteness. It is also one of the best places to see wildlife in the park and the area with tremendous, isolated fishing opportunities. For those willing to make the drive, the region will surely reward you. Be sure to watch for elk, bison, bald eagles and black bears. Lamar Valley also has the highest concentration of grizzlies and wolves found anywhere in the park.

The Lamar Valley is a broad area of land carved by glaciers into a wide U-shape. Today, it is most famous for the role it played in the 1995 reintroduction of wolves into the park. In January of 1995, 14 wolves were captured in Canada and transported to Yellowstone where park staff began arduous process of reintroducing a species into the Lamar Valley that had been absent for over 70 years.  Each year the park conducts and extensive study of the progress and development of the wolf population. At the end of 2009, between 96 and 98 wolves in 14 packs were reported the park.

Today visitors to the Lamar Valley have the opportunity to experience Yellowstone as it might have appeared back when wolves and bears roamed freely. The best time to view these animals is at dusk and dawn. Please always remember to keep a safe distance from these animals, as they are dangerous.

When to Go:

Yellowstone National Park is open year-round though some of the roads in and around the park are closed in the winter. The best time to see wolves is in the winter and early spring.


N44° 52.6368', W110° 12.8082'

Getting There:

The Lamar Valley is accessible from the Northeast entrance to the park located off of U.S. route 212.

Road Conditions:

The roads around Yellowstone are generally well maintained. Always call ahead in the winter as several roads close due the amount of snowfall.  Several of the smaller roads and pull-offs in Lamar Valley will be difficult to navigate in bad weather.

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