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Lake Butte Overlook

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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  • A road sign for the overlook.- Lake Butte Overlook
  • Lake Butte Overlook.- Lake Butte Overlook
  • Ancient lodgepole pine on the hill above the overlook.- Lake Butte Overlook
  • The Absaroka Mountains to the east.- Lake Butte Overlook
  • Looking west toward Fishing Bridge.- Lake Butte Overlook
  • The Tetons catch the sun in the distance.- Lake Butte Overlook
  • Looking south toward the Tetons.- Lake Butte Overlook
  • Sunset over Yellowstone Lake.- Lake Butte Overlook
  • This is a popular sunset spot—for good reason!- Lake Butte Overlook
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Pros: 
Easy access. Great views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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The park road between the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park and Fishing Bridge Village is a beautiful drive that passes over Sylvan Pass through the Absaroka Mountains. A nice side trip when entering or leaving the park is the 1-mile road that climbs up to this overlook above Yellowstone Lake.

A favorite west-facing sunset spot, and for good reason, Lake Butte Overlook is one of the only easily reached spots in the park where a view of the Tetons can be seen. It is also a great place to take in the entirety of Yellowstone Lake. There are a few ruffed grouse that frequent the area around the overlook, and with luck visitors will see one with its amazing tail display and hear its unusual guttural call. 

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