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A wildlife excursion into the northern part of Yellowstone!

Adventure Date: 08/24/2020 – 08/31/2020

The northern part of Yellowstone is quite a distance from the rest of the park.  From West Yellowstone, MT, it’s about a 2 hour drive to get to Soda Butte.  For this part of the day, we made our drive to get to Soda Butte first, although our first stop was actually at Slough Creek where we saw a lot of wildlife spotters.  We decided to stop at Slough Creek to try to catch what the spotters were looking at, but only saw a couple of bisons.  Other people that were there before us had told us that there was a pack of wolves off in the distance, but I was wasn’t able to spot them.

On the drive up, we ran into a couple of bison crossings.  The bison crossings were as exciting as you would expect them to be.  We didn’t see anyone get out of their vehicle to get close to the bisons so we didn’t get any video clips that were viral-worthy. Once we reached Soda Butte, we turned around and slowly made our way back stopping at the pull-offs to enjoy wildlife, the expansive valley, and morning sun!  Some of the places we stopped at:

  • Soda Butte (Bison herds)
  • Lamar Valley
  • Lamar Canyon (Osprey nest)
  • Lamar River Bridge
  • Petrified Tree
  • Forces of the Northern Range
  • Lava Creek
  • Undine Falls