Bald Eagles in the Grand Canyon

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

Bird lovers who visit Grand Canyon National Park are in for a treat. Over 350 species of birds live throughout the park. One of the most sought-after highlights is the Bald Eagle, which can usually be seen near the Colorado River as they hunt for trout.

While Bald Eagles are not native to the canyon, they began spending winters in the canyon after 1985. Scientists have pointed to the construction of Glen Canyon damn in 1963 as one of the prime reasons since eagles can see the trout through the clear water below. If you're looking for a great place to see a Bald Eagle head to Nankoweap Creek, where trout typically spawn.

Check out this great video from BBC featuring a Bald Eagle catching a salmon:


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?


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.

Tagged California Condors in the Grand Canyon.

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 6 spots for condor watching here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Desert Spiny Lizard

Reptiles of the Grand Canyon

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

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.