Grand Canyon Wildlife

Grand Canyon Wildlife Guide

Grand Canyon and the surrounding regions are home to desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lions, coyotes, gray fox, and a large variety of reptiles, birds and rodents.

In this section, we provide a brief overview of wildlife visitors might glimpse on their Grand Canyon vacation.

Rocky Mountain elk illustration by Elizabeth Traynor

6 Wild Animals for Your Grand Canyon Watch List

You’ll see more than incredible views. Fascinating animals make their homes in the park. Keep an eye out on the trails and soaring in the skies. Read More...

Black Bear by Jean-Edouard Rozey

Are There Bears in the Grand Canyon Area?

Black bear sighting are rare but there is talk of introducing grizzlies to the Grand Canyon to promote plant diversity and control grazing animals. Read More...

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagles in the Grand Canyon

Spot Bald Eagles near the Colorado River as they hunt for trout. Read More...

Rattlesnake

Be Prepared for Snakes and Scorpions in the Grand Canyon

We don’t want to scare you, but the Grand Canyon is crawling with bugs, snakes and scorpions. Knowing what to do if you get bitten can help save your life Read More...

Squirrel in the Grand Canyon

Beavers, Squirrels, and Mice in Grand Canyon National Park

A brief overview of some of the furry rodentds that visitors may see while exploring the Grand Canyon, from large beaver to tiny pocket mice. Read More...

Bighorn Sheep in the Grand Canyon

Bighorn Sheep in the Grand Canyon

Desert bighorn sheep are nimble-footed and inhabit terrain that is rocky and steep. You may see them along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Read More...

Condor #87 turned 16-years-old in 2014. He was released into the Grand Canyon in 1998.

California Condors in The Grand Canyon

Catch a glimpse of this majestic bird as it soars high above the canyon floor scanning the rocky terrain for its next meal. Read More...

gray fox

Coyotes and Grey Fox Howl in the Grand Canyon

This is desert country, which means visitors will often hear the howls of coyotes during the night while vacationing to the Grand Canyon region. Read More...

Coyote

Coyotes in Grand Canyon National Park

Though tough to spot against the multicolored backdrop of Arizona’s dry desert, coyotes are an important part of Grand Canyon’s natural ecosystem. Read More...

Horned Owl with Chicks

Falcons, owls and hawks in the Grand Canyon

Falcons, owls and hawks are frequent fliers in the Grand Canyon National Park region and Arizona. Read More...

California Condors in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Condor Facts

Approximately 70 condors inhabit the skies of northern Arizona and Utah. Read a brief primer about the grand birds. Read More...

Elk on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. NPS photo by Michael Quinn

Grand Canyon Elk Aggressive During Autumn

Come September, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is alive with the sound of bugling marking the elk mating season. Don’t get caught in an elk altercation. Read More...

Elk at the South Kaibab water filling station. Photo by NPS Brandon Holton, Wildlife Biologist with the Science and Resource Management at the at the Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Elk Outsmart Water Faucets

October 10, 2014: Elk have learned to turn on the water at Grand Canyon filling stations. They simply lift the spring-loaded lever and help themselves to a drink. Read More...

Mountain Lions

Mountain Lions in the Grand Canyon

Mountain lions are common within Grand Canyon National Park, but visitors rarely see them since they tend to blend in and do not actively approach people. Read More...

Desert Spiny Lizard

Reptiles of the Grand Canyon

There are approximately 47 species of reptiles, including lizards and snakes, in the national park. Read More...

Condor flying in Grand Canyon. Notice the tag on its wing.

Utah-Arizona Condors Overcome Lead Poisoning

Researchers are cautiously optimistic that the toxic blood-lead levels in endangered California condors living near the Grand Canyon seem to be down. Read More...

Peregrine Falcon

View Peregrine Falcons in the Grand Canyon

One of nature’s most efficient aerial killers, Peregrine Falcons are typically seen high atop cliffs within Grand Canyon National Park. The Falcons usually stay high since they can spot their prey from over 2,000 feet off the ground and once they have selected a poor critter to snag, they can dive towards the earth at Read More...

Two mule deer bucks.

Viewing Mule Deer in the Grand Canyon

Commonly identified by their large ears and black tipped tails, Mule Deer are the most visible large mammal in Grand Canyon National Park. Read More...

Pipistrellus Bat

Western Pipistrelle Bats in the Grand Canyon

The canyon’s bats can be seen darting through the darkness in search of beetles, moths and flies. Two tested positive for rabies. Should you worry? Read More...

Tagged California Condors in the Grand Canyon. Photo by Michelle Gross

Where to See a Condor in the Grand Canyon

California Condors can be seen soaring in the skies near Grand Canyon’s South Rim as well as around the Vermilion Cliffs area. See our top 5 spots for condor watching here. Read More...