Southern Utah Jack Rabbit

Small Wildlife – Bryce Canyon Country

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Wildlife watchers always hope to catch a glimpse of brag-worthy animals: bears, Rocky Mountain elk, Peregrine falcon. Sure it happens, most people are more likely to cross paths with the many smaller animals that call Bryce Canyon Country home such as cottontail and jack rabbits, porcupines, ringtail cats, raccoons, marmots, weasels, badgers, skunks, Golden mantled ground squirrels, Uinta chipmunks, and the endangered Utah Prairie Dog.

Elevation, climate, and availability of food and water usually determine which animals you’ll see where. In

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Bryce Canyon Area Rattlesnake

Unique Wildlife – Bryce Canyon Country

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Bryce Canyon Country’s unique and varied landscape is home to a diverse animal population—and viewing these wild animals in their natural habitat can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Bryce Canyon Country’s cliffs and canyons, gorges and high mountain plateaus, alpine juniper and pinyon forests, sagebrush, and infamous red rock hoodoos all cater to a varied wildlife population that you won’t find in exact replica anywhere else.

Horny toads are quite common in the region surrounding Bryce Canyon.

Some of the unique

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Boulder Mountain / Powell Point

This past week we had a chance to get up on top of Boulder Mountain to check out the fall colors and to drive to the southern end of Boulder Mountain to well known Powell Point.  Recent rains in the region made for lush flora and some fun road puddles to negotiate along the way.

Boulder Mountain is easily explored with a sturdy vehicle, and it is advantageous in some areas to have four-wheel drive.  Check out this video that shows

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Bryce Canyon Country Black Bears

Black Bears in Bryce Canyon Region

Most people go their entire lives without seeing a bear in the wild. But if you’ll be camping on Boulder Mountain, chances are you may have some company–even if you aren’t aware of it. According to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the black bear is currently the only species of bear native to Utah. (The grizzly was extirpated in 1927.)

Bear Safety in Bryce Canyon CountryUse airtight containers – Bears have a great sense of smell and love human food

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Mountain Lions in Bryce Canyon Country

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Mountain Lions are very prevalent in Utah and around the Bryce Canyon region, but are rarely seen.

The mountain lion is the largest member of the cat family in North America. These stealthy wild cats make their homes in the high mountains and rugged deserts of Bryce Canyon Country, but are rarely sighted. They can survive in a variety of habitats as long as they have adequate prey and cover for hunting. The mountain lion’s diet is carnivorous; deer

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Boulder Mountain Fishing – Creeks & Streams

Boulder Mountain Creeks

Fishing in the Boulder Mountain area near the town of Boulder, Utah

Boulder Mountain is one of the major high-elevation fishing areas in Utah, second only to the Uintah Mountains in northern Utah. Part of Dixie national Forest, the mountain makes up more than half of the Aquarius Plateau and is the highest timbered plateau in North America, with more than 50,000 acres above 11,000 feet.   Note – The communities of Boulder or Escalante are great places

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Bryce Wildlife Adventure Museum

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The Bryce Wildlife Adventure Museum gives visitors a chance to truly experience wildlife and natural history. Located just northwest of Bryce Canyon National Park, the museum features more than 800 mounted animals from around the world exhibited in replicas of their natural habitats, as well as a collection of animal skulls, sea shells and other sea life, and 1,600 mounted butterflies.

Bryce Canyon Utah Wildlife Museum and Adventure Experiences

A display of Anasazi and Paiute Native American artifacts offers a

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Wildlife in Bryce Canyon Country Area

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Bryce Canyon National Park and the surrounding forests and canyons are home to a diverse population of wildlife. The park follows the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau and encompasses three climatic zones, allowing visitors an opportunity to see a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians in their natural habitats. Bryce Canyon National Park is home to 59 species of mammals and 175 species of birds, plus 11 types of reptiles and 4 kinds of amphibians.

A mule deer in

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Bryce Canyon Wildlife Viewing

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

Raven at 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

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