Lamar Valley

The Lamar Valley, in Yellowstone National Park, is the one of the best places in the U.S. to view megafauna - including Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Bison, Pronghorn, Elk, Moose and Bighorn Sheep. You will likely see all of these animals in a prolonged visit.

The Lamar Valley Trail runs for  over 15 miles one-way into the heart of  vast wilderness area. It begins off the Northeast Entrance Road in Yellowstone National Park and proceeds south along the river. Several side trails branch up Cache, Miller, and Mist Creeks.  A popular  5-7 night backpack destination is Hoodoo Basin, but even a night or two in the lower Lamar Valley will give visitors a great taste of wilderness and ample wildlife exposure. Bear Spray is an essential item to bring on this trail and, for added safety, the Park Service recommends group sizes of three or greater. Bring your binoculars or a spotting scope. Camera/picture takers should bring a telephoto lens.

There is a National Park Entrance Fee to access Lamar Valley. Backcountry camping is only allowed at official sites. You must have a permit for all backcountry campsites. Permits can be obtained in advance by reservation or in person. This is a popular backcountry area so advanced reservation are highly recommended. The maximum party size varies by campsite and is generally 6-12 persons.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: Year-round, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: *Varies*
  • Length: 30.0 None
  • Land Manager: Yellowstone National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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Backpack - Lamar Valley

Backpacking Trip
Epic eight-day/seven-night trip in Yellowstone NP. The Lamar Valley is the best place in North
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Jul 21, 2024 - Sun, Jul 28, 2024
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants
Registration closes Jun 28
Foothills Branch
Rob Erickson
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