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  • MyBucketListTrips
    336 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing drive!
    Wow! What an experience! So much wildlife. Thousands of bison. We lost count of the bison jams on the road but thoroughly enjoyed each one. Allow lots of time to stop, take photos and enjoy this magnificent place on our Earth.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • MyersFamilyTravelers
    152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Drive
    Drove through the valley on our way to the Northeast Exit. What a beautiful place! We saw many, many Bison, some elk and a coyote. Great way to spend last day there on our way out.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Gretz
    43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go at sunset, try a gravel road off the main roads.
    Try to go in the evening hours, around sunset. This is when the most wildlife activity occurs. We turned onto several gravel roads, which take you well off the main paved road, and had a ton of success spotting bear, elk, bison. Logic would say animals like to stay off the beaten path and that’s exactly how it played out for us. Incredible scenery, rolling hills and meadows that never end. Add a sunset and you’re loving every second.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Rick B
    Round Rock, Texas1,402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Here's where the buffalo roam!
    The Lamar Valley is one of the places in Yellowstone noted for it's abundant wildlife especially the Bison. They were everywhere individually, small herds and large herds. Here you will likely get into a "Bison Jam" as the bison wander into the road and take their time moving on. Also, near the park boundary at Silver Gate/ Cooke City Montana you will pass the giant Thunderer a huge edifice of 10,558 feet. It was named by an 1885 geological Survey for it's propensity to draw thunderstorms. It is easily visible as the road winds through the valley along Soda Butte Creek. Warning!!!! This area was heavily damaged during the recnt floods in Yellowstone. There is major road reconstruction going on but all roads are passable, cut down to one lane in several places. Expect a wait of 30 minutes at each construction zone.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • cmr352
    Vancouver, Washington97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss it!
    We loved Lamar Valley. The bison traffic jams were amazing. These huge animals came right up to our car and travelled across the road in front and behind our vehicle. Excellent photo and video opportunities. Don't miss it!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
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joannag030507
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beautiful part of the park. The wildlife and views are amazing. Lives up to the name Serengeti of the North. (To see it with a guide like Yellowstone Wolf Tracker would only magnify the experience!)
Written 21 April 2024
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cmr352
Vancouver, WA97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We loved Lamar Valley. The bison traffic jams were amazing. These huge animals came right up to our car and travelled across the road in front and behind our vehicle. Excellent photo and video opportunities. Don't miss it!!
Written 30 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Lamar Valley is one of the places in Yellowstone noted for it's abundant wildlife especially the Bison. They were everywhere individually, small herds and large herds. Here you will likely get into a "Bison Jam" as the bison wander into the road and take their time moving on. Also, near the park boundary at Silver Gate/ Cooke City Montana you will pass the giant Thunderer a huge edifice of 10,558 feet. It was named by an 1885 geological Survey for it's propensity to draw thunderstorms. It is easily visible as the road winds through the valley along Soda Butte Creek. Warning!!!! This area was heavily damaged during the recnt floods in Yellowstone. There is major road reconstruction going on but all roads are passable, cut down to one lane in several places. Expect a wait of 30 minutes at each construction zone.
Written 23 September 2023
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Gretz
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Try to go in the evening hours, around sunset. This is when the most wildlife activity occurs. We turned onto several gravel roads, which take you well off the main paved road, and had a ton of success spotting bear, elk, bison. Logic would say animals like to stay off the beaten path and that’s exactly how it played out for us. Incredible scenery, rolling hills and meadows that never end. Add a sunset and you’re loving every second.
Written 16 August 2023
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MyersFamilyTravelers
152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Drove through the valley on our way to the Northeast Exit. What a beautiful place! We saw many, many Bison, some elk and a coyote. Great way to spend last day there on our way out.
Written 14 August 2023
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Dawn C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
An Unbelievable area of Yellowstone! Bison, bears, pronghorns, and more! Absolutely beautiful whichever way you turn!
Written 7 August 2023
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MyBucketListTrips
336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Wow! What an experience! So much wildlife. Thousands of bison. We lost count of the bison jams on the road but thoroughly enjoyed each one. Allow lots of time to stop, take photos and enjoy this magnificent place on our Earth.
Written 5 August 2023
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Dane C
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
If you like to see thousands of Bison millling around you cars walking all over the place and in idyllic poses for your camera you might want to visit here
Written 24 July 2023
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Joe Alejo
South Lake Tahoe, CA244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
magnificent as always....the large fluffy uns were up and moving....kept outta their way and just used the camera lens do their jobs....happy trails
Written 21 July 2023
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Ken F
High Point, NC186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023
Very scenic views with plenty of bison, the occasional bear and deer or antelope. Expect some delays if the bison decide to cross the roads. Please pay attention to the warnings about getting too close to the "fluffy cows"!
Written 5 July 2023
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