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Boulder River Natural Bridge and Falls
A 70-foot-high waterfall plunges into a deep pool below the remnant of a natural arch bridge (once spanning the river) at this spectacular limestone canyon area along the Boulder River. Outside the canyon walls are foothills of open Douglas fir and limber pine forests broken by sagebrush and gra...
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Lamar Valley
Description: The expansive landscapes of the Lamar Valley are home to huge herds of elk and bison, particularly in the winter.

Wildlife to Watch: Coyotes abound in this area year-round, searching for ungulate carcasses and rodents. Grizzly and black bears can be viewed in the area in the spring and summer, particularly south of the Yellowstone Institute (at the Lamar Valley Ranger Station). In the summer, look for mule deer, pronghorn, and an occasional badger. Golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, prairie falcons, and American kestrels frequent the valley’s long, expansive meadow.

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Other Activities: Just 1.5 miles east of the confluence of Soda Butte Creek and the Lamar River is a trailhead. The trail goes upriver and offers good cross-country skiing and beautiful scenic views.

Ownership: National Park Service 
Size: 70,000 acres 
Closest Town: Tower Junction

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Bull Elk - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Enter the Park from the North Entrance at Gardiner or the Northeast Entrance near Cooke City. The Lamar Valley lies midway between Tower Junction and the Northeast Entrance.

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Lamar Valley : Wildlife Viewing Area