Yellowstone National Park, Animal Viewing,
August Buffalo Rut
Viewing animals in Yellowstone National
Park is as simple as driving on any park
road, especially to view bison or buffalo.
Although the buffalo and all other animals in
Yellowstone National Park are wild, they
seem unafraid of humans and the buffalo
almost contemptuous of automobiles and
humans. They will cross the road at will.
During the August rut, the buffalo become
aggressive toward one another as they
compete for females.
Yellowstone National Park;s most commonly
seen animal are the buffalo, the elk, mule deer,
and coyote. Less often seen are the grizzly bear
and the wolf.
In the Bridge Bay area, a good viewing
road for elk, grizzly and wolf would be the
road beside the river and the pullouts
overlooking the Hayden Valley, half-way
between the Fishing Bridge and the
A good spot for buffalo is Indian Pond on
the northeast side of Yellowstone Lake.
The elk are not as bold as the buffalo
but they will tolerate people and at
times a herd will move right through a
They are commonly seen in herds
along the Hayden Valley.
Yellowstone National Park is in reality a volcano, or more accurately, the
sunken caldera of an ancient volcano that last erupted 640,000 years ago. The
caldera, 30 miles wide by 45 ;miles long in a roughly oval shape,
encompasses Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake in North America over 7000
feet elevation. With depths of 430 feet, the lake has over 140 miles of shore.
Yellowstone Lake empties into the Yellowstone River, a course that conveys
the lake water through Yellowstone's Grand Canyon to the Missouri and
Mississippi Rivers and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico.
Along the river in the Hayden Valley and the Lamar valley there are turnouts
that make good viewing places for predatory animals such as wolf and grizzly.
Yellowstone National Park Animal
Viewing, Best Time
Animal viewing is best done early morning
or early evening.
If you are in a Yellowstone Hotel or
Yellowstone National Park campground,
you could see elk or buffalo move through
the area several feet from your tent or hotel
window especially during the August buffalo
Buffalo can be seen at any time as they
move throughout the park during August.
The rut causes the males to herd the
females and to become aggressive with
Wolf could be seen early in the morning on
the move beside the roads in the Hayden
Wolf and grizzly might bee seen on the hills
across the Yellowstone River in the Hayden
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Yellowstone Park in August will have many
buffalo to view on the move during the rut
Yellowstone National Park, Animal Viewing is best
done early morning or early evening. The buffalo can
be seen at any time as they move throughout the park
each day during the August buffalo rut.
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Yellowstone National Park animal
viewing is easy during the August
buffalo rut, the animals cross the road
Traffic comes to an abrupt halt as
buffalo cross the road without
warning. The August buffalo rut
causes the males to herd the
females and cross the road
regardless of traffic.