July 2015 – I spent about two weeks in this area and while I certainly didn’t see everything there is to see, I really enjoyed having this kind of scenery nearby while I was staying in the Fishing Bridge area:
There are pulloffs here on the road that runs between Fishing Village and Canyon Village. Per the NPS: While once there was a lake here, Hayden Valley is now a wildlife paradise and the location of the largest rut of free roaming bison in the world.
Truth in advertising: Most times that I passed by here, there were bison in the distant fields or near the road.
Lake Butte Overlook
A short drive from the East Entrance road will take you up to this overlook of Yellowstone Lake.
Besides Lake Butte Overlook, my friends Sandy & Ken took me on this great little hike to get up to this view – you can see the path to get there through the bridge opening. Frost and erosion formed this natural bridge. I’m always fascinated by these formations!
Three miles north of Fishing Bridge, you can walk along a boardwalk with scenic viewpoints. Signs say in June & July cutthroat trout head upstream to spawn and can be seen leaping from here, but I missed that show.