Yellowstone Park Wildlife Guide

Yellowstone Wildlife

Let’s see, one of your Top 5 reasons for planning a vacation to Yellowstone National Park is to see the wildlife right? Real wildlife, like buffalo, wolves, and even bears, in their natural habitat enjoying the vast wilderness before them.

Well, Yellowstone Park is home to more wild animals than almost anywhere else in the U.S. Visitors are likely to see a number of animals in Yellowstone freely roaming the landscape, from Yellowstone’s two types of bears – grizzlies and black bears – to gray wolves (which were once almost extinct in the area), buffalo, elk, bison (one of the most prevalent species in the park), wild horses, pronghorn antelope and many more.

Not only are these animals beautiful and powerful (please be respectful of their stomping ground!), they have so much to teach us about nature and life. Learn more about where and when to spot these animals, their habitats and daily habits, and their historical and current status in the articles below.

More Yellowstone Wildlife

Yellowstone Park is a robust ecosystem of wild animals doing what wild animals do. Learn more about elk, eagles, moose, bighorn sheep, and more. Read More...

Yellowstone Bears

Bears typically roam Yellowstone between March and November; look for them in large open areas, or near trees in the various park valleys. The park boasts a large grizzly bear population, but is also home to many black bears. Read More...

Yellowstone Bison

Don't be fooled by the bison's huge size– the bulls (males) and cows (females) are surprisingly agile and fast. Read More...

Yellowstone Wolves

After facing near extinction in the park, the gray wolf was reintroduced in 1995 and is now a thriving species in the park. The gray wolf (which besides having a gray coat can be various shades of brown and black) is best found in Lamar Valley in the early morning or late evening hours. Read More...

Observe the wildlife in Yellowstone Park in their natural habitat. Yellowstone National Park has an abundance of wildlife including grizzly bears, gray wolves and trumpeter swans.

Top Ten Things to do in Yellowstone

1. Take a Hike

To explore Yellowstone’s wild side, get off the beaten path and onto the park’s 1,300-mile trail system. Read More...

2. Watch Geysers Erupt

Yellowstone is the largest active geyser field in the world. Read More...

3. Go Rafting

Looking for an escape from the summer heat? Can’t beat a whitewater rafting adventure! Read More...

4. Experience the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is breathtaking! Read More...

5. Attend a Powwow

Powwows serve to preserve the rich heritage of Native American culture and allow tribal members to participate in traditional rituals. Read More...

6. Ride a Horse

No other activity fulfills the Western dream for families visiting this region like a horseback ride. Read More...

7. Go Camping

One of the best ways to experience the Yellowstone region is by spending a night or more under the stars. Read More...

8. Catch a Fish

Fishing in Yellowstone is an experience that compares with few other places on earth. Read More...

9. Watch a Rodeo

Every town in Yellowstone country has a rodeo. Try Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cody Nite Rodeo, Rock Springs’ Red Desert Rodeo or Lander’s Pioneer Days Rodeo. Read More...

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