Bryce Canyon Wildlife Viewing

Bring your binoculars and your camera to view wildlife in Bryce Canyon National Park.

The elevations in this Utah National Park range from approximately 7,000 feet to 9,000 feet. Bryce Canyon is home to many types of birds and animals (large and small). The most common large birds to be seen in the Bryce Canyon region will be ravens, hawks, eagles, peregrine falcons, and occasionally even a California Condor. Along the rims of the many Bryce Canyon amphitheaters, you’ll find plenty of squirrels and chipmunks. Other small or mid-sized animals include porcupines, skunks, bobcats, weasels, badgers, ring-tailed cats, gray foxes, and coyotes.

Near the entrance of the park, you may see some of the roaming herds of pronghorn antelope and as you drive through the forest it is not uncommon to spot mule deer.

Rarely seen are Elk that may pass through the forest, bighorn sheep, or mountain lions and black bears that also call this region their home. Mountain lions may be seen near dusk along roadways, but are best seen in winter when they stand out against the snow. Mountain lions have greater hunting advantages in winter as their wide paws allow them to bound over the snow more easily than deer or other hoofed animals. The lions help to manage the deer population and thus provide some balance to the ecosystem.

Near Bryce Canyon is the Bryce Natural History Museum and Wildlife Adventure. This museum exhibits animals from around the region and around the world.

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