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.
Bighorn Sheep in the Grand Canyon

High on most national park visitors' wish list when vacationing to a national park in the Western U. S. is wildlife viewing.

While Grand Canyon National Park is not exactly famous for its wildlife viewing opportunities, there are some wild animals here that visitors might see.

Learn a little about the desert bighorn sheep.

Desert bighorn sheep
These are stocky sheep that are similar in size to the mule deer. They are nimble-footed and inhabit terrain that is rocky and steep. The color of the animal's coat makes it difficult to spot while hiking in or floating through the Grand Canyon, but they are here.

What Does a Desert Bighorn Sheep look like?


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.

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.


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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.