Yellowstone National Park Vacation, Animal Viewing Tours
Yellowstone National Park Vacation, Animal Viewing is popular North of Fishing Bridge where the Yellowstone River runs through the broad Hayden Valley. Grey wolf and Grizzly Bear hunt in the valley. The bears forage on the hillsides. You could spot a wolf swimming in the river or even along the road in the morning
Yellowstone National Park rangers will set up viewing scopes for people to see the grizzly, elk, bald eagle, and Grey Wolf and to answer questions about the animals. The Lamar Valley in the northeast section of the park is another spot for wolf and grizzly sightings
Yellowstone National Park animal viewing in the broad valleys is best done with a scope or binoculars of at least 7 x 50 power. Yellowstone Rangers will set up viewing scopes for people to see when they know of grizzly or wolf activity. You can inquire where the animal activity is and the rangers will help you find a good viewing place..The Hayden and Lamar Valleys in the northeast and east section of the park are good for wolf and grizzly sightings. Fishing Bridge area and the Hayden valley make good buffalo sighting areas also.
Yellowstone National Park;s buffalo start the mating season in August and there is a great deal of movement and pairing with occasional sparring between the males. They will swim across the Yellowstone river and walk right down the main street and over the fishing Bridge.
Yellowstone National Park Animal Viewing of elk and mule deer are not as common as Buffalo during the August rut. Elk and deer are not as bold as the buffalo but they will tolerate people and you will see them at campsite or at the many pullouts and picnic sites .
Yellowstone National Park animal viewing of Mule deer, elk and buffalo is possible when they walk through a campgrounds showing little fear of humans.
When driving the roads of Yellowstone National Park, watch for the men and women with the scopes and large zoom lenses, they are usually tracking grizzly and the Grey Wolf.
Grey Wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 and now number 11 packs with over 170 individual animals. The population spreads outside the park and number an estimated 500. The Hayden valley along the Yellowstone River and the Lamar Valley along the northeast access road make good viewing areas for the Grey Wolf.
When there are fires in Yellowstone, the smoke will hover in the valleys and make driving and spotting animals difficult. By afternoon, the smoke rises out of the valleys and animal viewing is improved.
Yellowstone National Park Animal Viewing
Guided tours are available (see below) but the animals are so numerous and often close to the road that self guiding is an option.
Animal viewing is best done early morning or early evening for deer and elk.
Buffalo can be seen at any time as they move throughout the park during the day.
Many buffalo will be moving during the August rut which causes the males to herd the females and to become aggressive with other males
Yellowstone National Park Vacation, Animal Viewing: Grizzly, Elk, Bald Eagle, and Grey Wolf
Yellowstone National Park Vacation Animal Viewing includes viewing herds of Elk which feed in the broad Hayden Valley of the Yellowstone River. Along Route 20 (14/16) north of Fishing Bridge you can see Bald Eagle, elk, wolf, Grizzly, and buffalo
Yellowstone National Park Vacation, Animal Viewing Tours are available. The animals are so numerous and often close to the road that self guiding is an option. Animal viewing is best done early morning or early evening.