Where to See Pronghorns in Yellowstone National Park

Photo of pronghorn.

A pronghorn buck walks along a ridge in the Slough Creek Area.

Yellowstone has 200 to 300 pronghorns.  They only exist in the Park in its northern range.  They spend winters in the Gardiner Basin and some, but not all, migrate from there to spend summers at higher elevations in the Park as far as the Lamar Valley.

One way to see them is to drive the Old Yellowstone Trail in the Gardiner Basin.  Start at the Park’s Roosevelt Arch and drive north around the west side of the Gardiner school and then continue on the gravel road until you get to the boat launch just before the bridge that crosses the Yellowstone River.  At that point you can either turn around and head back the way you came or you can cross the bridge, get on Highway 89,  and drive at highway speed back to Gardiner.  Pronghorn are here year round.  Note to photographers:  For most of this route the land looks to be in bad shape vegetation-wise, but gets better at the north end.  By the way, when you get back to the Roosevelt Arch look for pronghorn in that half mile or so between the Arch and the entrance booth.

The other option is to head for the Lamar Valley and look for them any place between Mammoth and the Lamar Valley that has open terrain.  I usually take a detour and drive the road to the Slough Creek Campground because I often see a few pronghorn there.  By the time you get to the confluence where Soda Butte Creek joins the Lamar River you will have covered about all the pronghorn habitat that can be seen from a vehicle.   The area from Mammoth to the Lamar Valley is summer range only.

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About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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4 Responses to Where to See Pronghorns in Yellowstone National Park

  1. Alan says:

    Great shot of one of my favorite animals. Your description on where to see them is spot on of course. The only baby pronghorn we have ever seen was along Old Yellowstone Road at the end of May a few years back. It is a great place to see them.

  2. Charlotte Crackbon says:

    Beautiful, animal so good to see he hasn’t been attacked by any eagles, your very familiar with
    the area, I’ve read your blog before and know you travel to Yellowstone often, I’ve never been
    but imagine its similar to Yosemite maybe even more beautiful. It’s nice and cool here in Marin is
    it hot there? C

    • Jim Coda says:

      Hi Charlotte. Yosemite is a beautiful place, but it isn’t on an equal plane with respect to wildlife to photograph. It doesn’t have bison, moose, elk or pronghorns. It also doesn’t have grizzly bears or wolves. In my opinion, the best place to photograph wildlife in America is Yellowstone.

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