Yellowstone National Park Sights

Hayden Valley on Grand Loop Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Published 01/19/2016

Fodor's Review

Bison, bears, coyotes, wolves, and birds of prey all call Hayden Valley home almost year-round. Once part of Yellowstone Lake, the broad valley now contains peaceful meadows, rolling hills, and the placid Yellowstone River. There are multiple turnouts and picnic areas on the 16-mile drive, many with views of the river and valley. Ask a ranger about "Grizzly Overlook," an unofficial site where wildlife watchers, including NPS rangers with spotting scopes for the public to use, congregate in summer. North of Mud Volcano are 11 unsigned turnouts. Look for the telltale timber railings, and be prepared to get caught in a traffic-stopping "bison jam" along the way.

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Grand Loop Rd. between Canyon and Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Published 01/19/2016


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