Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Where the Buﬀalo Roam
The American bison (Bison bison) symbolizes the spirit of the West. Few other animals inspire such awe and reverence. Hayden Valley, with its broad expanse of grasses and sedges, has been a home to bison for thousands of years. Nearly driven to extinction in the 1800s by homesteaders, hunters, and the United States government, bison thrive here today. Protected in Yellowstone, they stand as an imposing icon of American conservation.
Rhythms of Life
Bison are born in Hayden Valley . They live and die here. While three seasons are sublime, only the strongest, furriest, and fattest bison can survive a bitter Hayden winter. Instinct guides them every year to decide whether to stay in the valley or migrate to lower elevations in search of food. Bison that migrate will head home to Hayden in spring to begin the cycle anew.
Though wolves prey upon Hayden Valley bison, their greatest enemy is weather. The bison tread traditional migration routes to seek food during harsh winters. Most of them head toward Yellowstone’s west boundary, but a quarter of the adult bison herd migrates north to the Northern Range.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 41.008′ N, 110° 29.618′ W. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rut in Hayden (here, next to this marker); Looks Can Be Deceiving (here, next to this marker); Chittenden Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River (approx. 2.1 miles away); Brink of Upper Falls (approx. 2.1 miles away); Uncle Tom’s Point (approx. 2.2 miles away); Uncle Tom’s Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Brink of Lower Falls (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photograph of a bison resting in the Hayden Valley. A photo of a cow and calf appear on the left of the marker. Under this is a map of Yellowstone National Park indicating the location of Hayden Valley and the west and northern migration routes.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 10, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.