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  • Address: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
  • Admission: $30 entrance fee to Yellowstone National Park
Named after Dr. Ferdinand Hayden—whose geological survey in 1871 helped Yellowstone become a national park—the Hayden Valley is one of Yellowstone’s most popular places to view wildlife. Here, in a vast plain that was filled with water when Yellowstone Lake was larger, herds of bison speckle the grasslands and casually cross the road, while elk, moose, grizzlies, and wolves all scavenge and search for food. The valley is located at the geographic heart of Yellowstone National Park, conveniently situated between the Fishing Bridge and Yellowstone Canyon and Falls. In August, Hayden Valley is home to North America’s largest free-roaming bison rut, and is a time when hundreds of bushy brown bison can flank both sides of the road. Aside from its wealth of wildlife, Hayden Valley also houses spectacular thermal formations, from the thick and fickle Mud Volcano to the pungent Sulphur Cauldron. Given its popularity, however, and position at the center of the park, traffic can sometimes be an issue—particularly in the middle of summer—or when a herd of bison has decided to simply park themselves on the road. 

Practical Info

Hayden Valley is closed to vehicle traffic from the middle of October through May. It lies on the eastern edge of the Lower Loop of Yellowstone’s Grand Loop Road, and is just over an hour from Mammoth Hot Springs, West Yellowstone, and Old Faithful. 

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Private Yellowstone Wildlife Tour, Yellowstone National Park, null
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Private Yellowstone Wildlife Tour

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Explore America's first national park on a private 8-hour tour of Yellowstone. Set out on a scenic adventure in search of the park’s resident wildlife, which ...  Read more

Location: Gardiner, Montana
Duration: Flexible

From USD $525.00
Yellowstone National Park Tour from Jackson, Jackson Hole, Full-day Tours
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Yellowstone National Park Tour from Jackson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 92 Reviews

Enjoy endless views of mountains, geysers, canyons, lakes, rivers and more on this coach tour of Yellowstone National Park from Jackson. Travel through Grand ...  Read more

Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $285.00
Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour, Yellowstone National Park, Day Trips
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Yellowstone Lower Loop Full-Day Tour

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Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Lake Yellowstone and more!  This is a tour of the Lower Loop of Yellowstone National Park, which will visit such ...  Read more

Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $260.00
Full-Day Yellowstone Wildlife Safari Tour From Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, Eco Tours
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Full-Day Yellowstone Wildlife Safari Tour From Jackson Hole

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Join your guide on a wildlife photo tour of Yellowstone National Park. Your group will focus on the geology, wildlife, and natural history of Yellowstone ...  Read more

Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $305.00
Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour, Yellowstone National Park, Full-day Tours
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Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour

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See Old Faithful and Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon in a single day. This full-day tour will give you the opportunity see everything that can be seen in one day at ...  Read more

Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $285.00
Self-Guided Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour from Gardiner, Yellowstone National Park, Nature & Wildlife
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Self-Guided Yellowstone Lower Loop Tour from Gardiner

Your self-guided tour of Yellowstone National Park Lower Loop will lead you to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Norris Geysers, Grand Prismatic Spring, Old ...  Read more

Location: Gardiner, Montana
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Trail Hike, Yellowstone National Park, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone Trail Hike

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Want to see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone & do some hiking? The focus of this full day trip is to see stunning scenery with time for photos; and of ...  Read more

Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $265.00
Yellowstone Guided Day Tour From Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, Hiking & Camping
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Yellowstone Guided Day Tour From Jackson Hole

Upon leaving your hotel in Jackson Hole, you will stop at Big Thumb by Yellowstone Lake.  The magma underneath Yellowstone park heats rain water and ...  Read more

Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,099.00
Yellowstone Upper and Lower Loop Tours, Jackson Hole, Day Trips
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Yellowstone Upper and Lower Loop Tours

From Jackson Hole, Teton Village or Jackson Wyoming a seasoned tour guide will pick you for your tours to Yellowstone National Park.   The tour of ...  Read more

Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,599.00
Yellowstone Guided Day Tour From Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, Day Trips
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Yellowstone Guided Day Tour From Jackson Hole

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Day tours of Yellowstone begin from Teton Village, Jackson Hole and Jackson Wyoming. You will stop at one of the best delis in Jackson where you will choose ...  Read more

Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,299.00

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