Yellowstone Park, Driving Vacation:
Animal Viewing While Driving
On a Yellowstone Park Driving Vacation you will see animals on the roads. In August you will see buffalo crossing the roads and at the many viewpoints you can see grizzly, wolf, bald eagle and elk.
Yellowstone National Park requires careful driving on park roads, the animals have the right of way ,
Fires in the park often send clouds of smoke into the low valleys and this can obscure the movement of animals on the road in the morning.
Traffic will slow as people snap photos out the window
The mother takes the calf to the lake to drink
The smoke settles in the valleys in the morning and can reduce visibility. During the August mating season the bulls act aggressive towards one another and are apt to cross the road at a run or to stand in the road as they herd the female. You must drive with caution.
Towards the mid day the smoke will clear. You still need to drive with caution especially during the August buffalo rut when the males become aggressive towards one another as they compete for females. They are apt to run across the road without warning.
Fires in the park cause the smoky morning conditions which result in bad visibility. During the cool nights, clouds of smoke settle into the low valleys and stay until the sun warms up the air. Smoke can obscure the movement of animals on the road in the morning.
A Yellowstone driving vacation will put the Yellowstone hotels, Old Faithful Inn, and the several Yellowstone National Park campgrounds within reach. Get out early on the roads to see the animals
Later in the day the roads crowd up as the animals crossing can bring a halt to traffic.
During a Yellowstone Park Driving Vacation animal viewing can be on the roads where you see buffalo and at the many viewpoints for grizzly, wolf, bald eagle and elk.