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Updated by Vishal Subramanyan on Mar 20, 2016
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Best Places to see Wildlife in Yellowstone

Lots of people go to Yellowstone to see its abundant wildlife. Here are the best places to look for wildlife in this amazing Park.

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Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley

The legendary Lamar Valley. This great valley is located in the north eastern part of Yellowstone. Lamar Valley has a large population of elk and has several of the famous bison jams in which bison are crossing the road and you have to wait for the herd to leave. But Lamar's main highlights are its wolves and grizzlies

Lamar Valley contains one of the largest population of wolves in Yellowstone, if not the world. The wolves love Lamar Valley due to the large amount of elk and other prey. People have reported multiples sightings daily of wolves and their pups in Lamar Valley. Many consider Lamar valley to be the best wolf viewing destination in Yellowstone, if not the world. Go in morning or evening for best wolf viewing.

Grizzly bears are also very common in Lamar Valley. Lamar has one of the highest densities of them due to the large amount of available prey. People have reported multiple sightings daily of grizzlies and their cubs. Go in the morning and evening for best viewing.

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Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley is a scenic valley located in Yellowstone. It is known for its steady population of bison and elk, along with lots of other prey. The main highlight of Hayden, like Lamar, is the steady population of grizzlies and wolves.

Wolves are very common in Hayden. The wolves in Hayden have been known to hunt bison. People have reported daily up close sightings of wolves and their pups. Several people have also witnessed hunts. Go in the morning or evening for best viewing.

Grizzlies are very common Hayden, probably more common than Lamar. There is a high density of grizzlies and their cubs which often hunt, rest, and be bears close to the road. They like Hayden due to the large number of prey. People have reported daily up close sightings of mothers and their cubs, and have also seen grizzlies bring down elk calves from close range. Sightings are very common around Alum Creek in Hayden. Go in morning or evening for best viewing.

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Tower Region

Tower Region

The Tower Region is a very famous and well visited part of Yellowstone. It has waterfalls and bighorn sheep among other animals. But the main highlight here is the dense population of black bears.

'The Tower Region in Yellowstone is famous for its extremely large population of black bears which are very habituated to human presence. The densities are very high here as the habitat is perfect for black bears. On some days in June or July, you cannot drive a mile without slowing for a bear jam. People have reported sightings every time they drive in the region. Some people have seen 16 different bears within a ten mile distance. Many consider this area the best black bear viewing destination in Yellowstone National National Park, if not the entire world. Rainy Lake is the best place in the area to look out for these amazing animals. Go in morning and evening for best viewing.

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Trout Lake

Trout Lake

Trout Lake is a lake located in North Eastern Yellowstone. Every year in late June and early July large numbers of trout come to spawn in the area. While seeing the trout is interesting, the main reason you should come is to see the otters that feast on the trout.

River otters are very cute and fun animals to watch and photograph. Many people consider trout lake the best location for river otter photography on the planet. The otters are very common. You can see them playing, fishing, wrestling, see pups, and see pups breast feeding. Though all seasons give you a chance o see these amazing animals, when the trout run is the best. Lots of otters will be in the lake to hunt trout, which is an amazing spectacle to see. People have reported daily otter sightings including otters hunting and otters with their pups.

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Dunraven Pass

Dunraven Pass

The Dunraven Pass in the Mt.Washburn area is a lesser known part of Yellowstone, but it does not mean wildlife is scarce. Bighorn sheep are frequently spotted on the ridges. But the main reason to make the trip to the amazing Dunraven Pass is the amazingly high density of grizzly bears, probably more so than Hayden and Lamar valley.

Thee Mt. Washburn area has long been known for a high density of grizzly bears that are spotted very frequently. Dunraven Pass which goes straight through the area is no exception. There are several grizzlies that reside close to the pass, all witch come near the road. There are several mothers with cubs in this area too. People have reported grizzly sightings every single time they went on this pass. It is considered by some to offer the best grizzly viewing in Yellowstone.