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.
Mule Deer with Velvet Antlers

High on most national park visitors' wish list when vacationing 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 mule deer, a common hoofed animal visitors will see throughout the Grand Canyon region.

Mule deer are common throughout Grand Canyon National Park and throughout the western half of North America for that matter. Mule deer get their name from their mule-like ears. Visitors will see mule deer along the hiking trails and the rim, and throughout much of their travels during a Grand Canyon vacation.

Two mule deer bucks.

Two mule deer bucks.

Commonly identified by their large ears and black tipped tails, Mule Deer are the most visible large mammal in Grand Canyon National Park. To identify males look for antlers, which they grow each year before shedding them during winter months. The deer tend to feed on twigs and shrubs and grow to be roughly 3.5 feet tall and about five to seven feet long. Tracks appear similar to two teardrops facing each other and while it's common to mix up the deer with mules, don't expect to see any Mule Deer carrying people down the Bright Angle Trail. (They're smarter than that.)


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.

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.

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.

Desert Spiny Lizard

Reptiles of the Grand Canyon

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

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.

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.


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.

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.