Lamar River Private Hike
Yellowstone National Park5.0 (3 reviews)
- Abundant Wildlife Habitat
- Idyllic River Valleys
- Top-of-the-line Gear
- Vast, Open Meadow Systems
- Diverse Flora & Fauna
- Wonderful Snacks & Picnic Lunch
Please Note: Due to the historic flooding that occurred in Yellowstone National Park in June of 2022, this day hike is currently unavailable. We heartily recommend Seven Mile Hole or Fairy Falls as excellent alternatives.
If wildlife is your passion, let us lead you through the “American Serengeti” on the Lamar River Trail. The Lamar Valley is renowned for its abundant wildlife. This trail in particular, lets you leave the roads and crowds behind you to follow the footsteps (often literally) of the animals into the backcountry. This out and back hike will lead us over a footbridge across Soda Butte Creek where ducks, loons, and swans abound. From there, we continue across the meadows through thriving bison habitat. We’ll scan the tree lines for big horn sheep, pronghorn, and the famous grey wolf as we continue through the valley. We will find a scenic spot for a nutritious picnic. Based on your goals for the day, we will gradually climb up toward Specimen Ridge or turn around earlier for a lighter hike. No matter how far we hike or how many animals we see, this trail is always rewarding with mountain views, wildflowers, and solitude.
$190-$550 Per Person
Season: May 15-Sept
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
The trail for this day hike is well maintained, with light elevation gain. Bison can sometimes be an issue (and highlight), especially as they start to congregate in Lamar Valley for the rut.
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:
Up to 750 ft
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 4-7 hours
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
- Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
- Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
- Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
- Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
- Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves