Wildlife in Bryce Canyon National Park

Most of the wildlife you initially spot in Bryce Canyon National Park flit about the park's coniferous forests or scamper across the forest duff, but if you take the time to look, and are in the right place at the right time, you just might be surprised.

Crossing through the park from time to time are both black bears and mountain lions, the latter a decidedly more solitary animal that few people see. Additionally, according to park officials, Bryce Canyon has been the backdrop for migratory hummingbirds, nesting Peregrine Falcon, Rocky Mountain elk and even Pronghorn antelope that cross through the forested plateau and barren amphitheater.

And the park is home to three wildlife species listed under the Endangered Species Act: the Utah Prairie Dog, the California condor, and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. It is illegal to take, capture, kill, pursue, hunt, or harm these species or their habitat.

Other wildlife that call the park home include mule deer, both the least and Uinta chipmunks, the Golden mantled ground squirrel, sagebrush lizards, and a wide-range of birds.