10 Amazing Wildlife Encounters in Zion National Park 


Zion National Park is home to over 78 species of mammals, 291 species of birds, 37 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 8 species of fish. Here are 9 amazing wildlife encounters you can have in this stunning park. 

With a wingspan of almost 10 feet, the California condor is a sight to behold. You can spot them soaring high above Zion Canyon or perched on cliffs. 

California Condor 


The Kaibab squirrel is a subspecies of the Abert’s squirrel that is found only in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It has a black belly, a white tail, and tufted ears.  

Kaibab Squirrel 


The desert bighorn sheep is the symbol of Zion National Park. You can see them climbing steep slopes, balancing on narrow ledges, or grazing on grasses and shrubs.  

Desert Bighorn Sheep 


The mule deer is one of the most frequently seen animals in Zion. It has large ears, a black-tipped tail, and a reddish-brown coat. 

Mule Deer 


The Mexican spotted owl is a rare and elusive bird that lives in the dense forests and canyons of Zion. It is active at night and hunts rodents, birds, and reptiles.  

Mexican Spotted Owl 


The pronghorn antelope can run up to 60 miles per hour, making it the second-fastest land animal in the world after the cheetah. 

Pronghorn Antelope 


The Great Basin collared lizard is a striking creature that can have blue, green, yellow, or orange markings.

Great Basin Collared Lizard 


The canyon tree frog is a small and adaptable frog that can change its color to blend in with its surroundings. It can be gray, brown, green, or yellow.  

Canyon Tree Frog 


The Great Basin rattlesnake is the only venomous snake in Zion. It has a diamond-shaped head, a patterned body, and a rattle at the end of its tail. 

Great Basin Rattlesnake 


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The rock squirrel is a common and curious animal that can be seen near trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas. 

Rock Squirrel 


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