Wildlife Loop Road

Home on the Plains

Wildlife Loop Road travels through 18 miles of open grasslands and pine-speckled hills that much of the park’s wildlife calls home. Depending on the day, you might see bison, pronghorn, whitetail and mule deer, elk, coyotes, burros, prairie dogs, eagles, hawks, and a variety of other birds. A medley of colorful wildflowers and prairie grasses surround the road, making for a picturesque drive.

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When’s the best time to go?

The animals are most active in the morning and evening hours.

Take it easy

Winding drives throughout the park are enjoyed at a slower pace. For your safety and the safety of the animals, please allow ample time to travel at a safe speed—generally 25 miles per hour or slower. When making plans, expect a travel time of about 45 minutes to complete the loop.

Guided tours

If you want a guided tour, our Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour is available.

You can also stop for information at the Wildlife Station Visitor Center. This building on the southeast part of the loop gives visitors shade and information on wildlife and outdoor habitats. It was also built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.