Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park

#2 of 12 in Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Enter a wildlife paradise at Hayden Valley, an ancient lake bed and the world's largest stomping grounds of free-roaming bison. Take one of the two trails, observe, and be patient. Herds of buffalo, elks, coyotes, and the occasional grizzly bear frequent the area to graze, drink, and feed. The valley abounds with rivers, creeks, and ponds, but fishing is off-limits so just enjoy the views of the waterfowl, including ducks, geese, and pelicans. A number of roadside turn-offs offer sweeping views of the valley. Stick to the path when hiking, since off-trail exploration on foot is forbidden. Plan your Hayden Valley visit and explore what else you can see and do in Yellowstone National Park using our Yellowstone National Park vacation maker website.
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  • Hayden Valley runs along a scenic road on the east side of the park. Animal sightings are common and the fascinating Mud Volcanos are nearby.  more »
  • We totally knew you were supposed to visit at dawn or dusk and of course we got there at noon! We saw a number of bison resting, but that was about it for the animal sightings on Hayden Valley...  more »
  • Probably my favorite place in Yellowstone! Woke up super early to come watch the sunrise and was not disappointed. Saw deer, buffalo, and elk! You really get to see the valley come to life!
  • The valley area is gorgeous! We stopped to take a bunch of silly videos and pictures to add to our trip because it was an easy stop between destination spots!

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