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.
Squirrel in the Grand Canyon

Below is a brief overview of some of the rodents that visitors may see while exploring Grand Canyon National Park.

Beavers are increasingly common in the Colorado River corridor as a result of the Glen Canyon Dam. Beavers in the Grand Canyon build stick lodges against or on vegetated beach or burrow into the banks of the river.

Antelope squirrel
Antelope squirrels can be seen in Grand Canyon National Park and throughout the southwestern U. S. These cute little critters are ground squirrels.

Pocket mice
Pocket mice are more like gophers than mice. Pocket mice are small and known for their jumping ability. They have big cheek pouches.



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.

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.

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.

Zion Subway. Photo by Whit Richardson

Utah National Parks

Head north from the Grand Canyon to explore one of Utah's five national parks - Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, and Bryce

Thunder Spring Falls. Photo by Whit Richardson

Hiking Thunder Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is one of the world's seven wonders, and the North Rim is its most remote destination.

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.

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.

Bryce Canyon National Park - Sunrise at the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater by Douglas Croft

Bryce Canyon National Park

Explore Bryce Canyon National Park's famous red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters. Then give back with the Dollar Check-Off Program at a local hotel.

Snow Canyon State Park hikers in Utah.

7 Utah State Parks Near the Grand Canyon

While visiting the Grand Canyon, consider a stop at one of 7 state parks within a day's drive. See goblins, spires, sand dunes, and twisting rivers.