Watching Wildlife at Zion National Park

Regarded as one of the most unique climates, habitats, and earthly formations in all of the United States, Zion National Park is one of the most visited National Parks in our country today. Home to more than 68 species of mammals, ranging from the porcupine to the bighorn sheep, Zion National Park is quickly becoming an wildlife viewing favorite for many of the country’s animal lovers.

Since Zion sits at the boundaries and meeting points of the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, the Basin and Range, and the Mojave Desert physio-geographic zones, animal life in this region is vast and varied.

Zion National Park’s Top Animals

  • Mule Deer
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Rock Squirrels
  • Coyotes
  • Gray Foxes
  • Ringtails
  • Mountain Lions
  • Bobcats
  • Beavers
  • Porcupines
    • This unique rodent is common in higher elevation forests, and is found also in lower elevation riparian zones and even deserts. That’s why the porcupine is fond of Zion National Park. Known for being a slow moving, short-legged creature covered in long black hair and barbed quills, the American Porcupine is something to behold – but not touch.
  • Mexican Spotted Owl
    • This owl is listed as threatened at a federal level, which is why Zion National Park is a critical location for their survival.
  • Mojave Desert Tortoises
    • Also endangered, a small population of Mojave Desert tortoises is being monitored by park staff today.
  • California Condor

Viewing Locations

Canyon Floor: By day, you are much more likely to see mule deer, rock squirrels, foxes, etc. on the canyon floor, where they will go to find respite from the hot sunny temperatures.
Rocky Terrain: To spot rock squirrels and big horn sheep, look towards the canyon walls and riparian waterways.
Riverside Walk: Rock squirrels
Virgin River: Mule deer
Angels Landing Trail: Mule deer, eagles, and lizards
Weeping Rock Area: Falcons, wrens, and white-throated swifts

When Should You Go?

The most popular times to visit Zion National Park are between the months of May and November when temperatures are moderate to hot and the park’s free shuttles are running. The park does receive snowfall and can be the host of very low temperatures in the winter season, so you should pack for a varied climate.