Lamar Valley hiking, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Grizzly bears, wolves, pronghorn, elk, and bison all cluster in the Lamar Valley, making this one of the world’s great wildlife-watching regions. Dawn is the best time to spot wolves, which are nocturnal and generally feed in the mornings, so start your wolf-vigil a half-hour before sunrise. Other critters can be spotted in the late afternoon and evening. Take a quiet hike on the Lamar River Trail, where the open grassland makes it easy to watch wildlife from a distance. It’s 7 miles round-trip to the backcountry campsites at Cache Creek, another wildlife hot spot, but you can reverse course anytime along the route.
By Kelly Bastone, AFAR Contributor
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA