Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park

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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  • Best place to observe lots of swans up and down the river in winter ! Wonderful landscape offering plenty of lovely perspectives for great photo shots ! Find the swans by eye or by listening to...  more »
  • We usually visit Yellowstone in August and if we haven't seen a buffalo somewhere in the park we drive to Hayden Valley and are pretty sure to see some, even herds. We also see people bird watching.....  more »
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  • 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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