The Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley bison. Winter of 2002. Copyright ©  Ralph Maughan

The Lamar Valley of Yellowstone Park is a primeval scene. It is now complete with wolves, as well as grizzly and black bears, coyotes, cougar, even wolverine, thousands of elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, and perhaps 500 bison. 

The photo below, taken in late September 1988 shows the fires smouldering in the Lamar. The valley shows no signs of the great fires today, but Specimen Ridge in the background will for a half century or more.

Lamar Valley, Yellowstone and the fires of 1988
The fires of 1988 smouldering in the Lamar; The photo was taken at Rose Creek.

Copyright © Ralph Maughan.

The Lamar is a broad mountain valley in the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park. It generally runs from east to west, with the Absaroka Mountains of Montana on its north side and Specimen Ridge forming the south side. It is the heart of what is called the Park's "northern range."

There is a short canyon divides the upper and lower lobes of the valley -- "Lamar Canyon".

The major tributary streams that run into the Lamar River in the valley of that drainage are Slough Creek and Soda Butte Creek.

Park visitors have long enjoyed the Lamar, but since the reintroduction of wolves it has become much more popular and well known. Veteran wolf watchers know every swale and clump of trees and have given informal names to many of them.

Revised Dec. 14, 2005.
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