Falcons, owls and hawks in the Grand Canyon

Falcons, owls and hawks are frequent fliers in the Grand Canyon National Park region and Arizona.
Horned Owl with Chicks

Great Horned Owl with chicks in a nest in Arizona; by Ken Bosma [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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

Known for their incredible speed and agility, falcons feed on smaller birds, and stoop (dive) to capture prey in mid-air. Peregrine and prairiefalcons and American kestrels are common in Arizona.

Owls that call Arizona home include large great horned owls, barn owls, tiny elf, pygmy and squirrel owls, and burrowing owls.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk by cuatrok77 (SHARP-SHINNED HAWKUploaded by Amada44) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Visitors might also glimpse a red-tailed hawk, common black-hawk, Harris' hawk or zone-tailed hawk, sharp-shinned hawks or a Northern gohawk during their Grand Canyon vacation.

Plenty of pretty and sweet-sounding song birds can also be enjoyed during your vacation to the Grand Canyon region.


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.

Desert Spiny Lizard

Reptiles of the Grand Canyon

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

Upper Antelope Canyon near Page Arizona. Photo by Joshua Benally

Canyons in Arizona Beyond the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is the ultimate canyon, but it's only one of many canyons that are worthy of seeing and experiencing during your Arizona 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.

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.