Utah’s desert is abundant with wildlife. The diverse climate and terrain is home to over 600 species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. Tours often encounter pronghorns, mule deer, lizards, squirrels, ravens, bighorn sheep, and free grazing cattle. Less common sightings might include wild horses, snakes, condors, eagles, buffalo, foxes, coyotes, and more. Most Utah wildlife sightings occur when least expected, so stay alert and keep a camera handy.
General Guidelines for safely viewing wildlife according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources include:
- Never approach or try to touch wildlife.
- Never feed wildlife.
- Always hike, jog, or bike with a companion; make noise to alert wildlife of your presence.
- Secure trash and food in a locked receptacle.
Knowing some basic facts about wildlife and taking a few simple steps can help prevent many common wildlife-related problems. It can be exciting to see wildlife, but remember to observe from a safe distance. Always give the animal a clear escape route. Do not crowd the animal; doing so could make the animal stressed and unpredictable.