Yellowstone: Tower-Roosevelt to Northeast Entrance

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Tower to NE Entrance

The Lamar Valley marks a wildlife hot spot and scenic area in Northeast Yellowstone, between the Tower Roosevelt Junction and Cooke City.

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Why should I drive through Lamar Valley?

  • Wildlife Viewing: One of the biggest reasons to visit this corner of the park is for the high likelihood of viewing wildlife. Elk, bison, osprey, bald eagles, antelope, moose, black bears and grizzlies frequent the Lamar Valley, but the chance of seeing Yellowstone wolves is what draws most visitors. The Druid pack, one of the largest packs of wolves in Yellowstone, has made their home in the Lamar Valley. Be sure to bring along a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope. Early mornings and late evenings are the best time for spotting wildlife.
  • Beartooth Pass: Just outside the Northeast Entrance, you can follow the scenic Beartooth Highway all the way to Red Lodge. It's known as one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the area. Make sure to stop at the pass, go for a hike to Island Lake, or shop at the Top of the World Store. Built in 1936, it winds 65 miles through the mountains to connect two small Montana towns that are only 35 miles apart as the crow flies.
  • Campgrounds: Pebble Creek and Slough Creek are two of the best campsites in the park and the last to fill up.
  • Fishing the Lamar River: The Lamar River is easily accessible from many turnouts along the road. Simply walk across the valley to find your ideal fishing hole.

Where does Lamar Valley begin and end?

If traveling from west to east, the Lamar Valley begins just east of the Tower-Roosevelt Junction and ends just before the Northeast Entrance near Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana.

How long does it take to drive this section?

The road along the Lamar Valley is only 29 miles long and takes about 40 minutes if you drive straight through.