Wildlife at the Grand Canyon

Wildlife at the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a gorgeous display of rock and desert, and it is filled with hundreds of different types of flora and fauna. Wildlife in the Grand Canyon is incredibly diverse thanks to the several ecosystems the region supports, from desert to riparian.

Types of Animals at the Grand Canyon

Learn about the various species that call the Grand Canyon home! Many are nocturnal or rare to see, but when you do catch sight of wildlife, be sure to use caution. Several animals are dangerous to approach due to their venomous characteristics or their size, so give them space and respect.


Several species of mammals live through the Grand Canyon, both small and large. Bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk are common sights for visitors during the day, while many other animals prefer to roam at night, including:

  • Skunks
  • Rodents
  • Foxes
  • Coyotes
  • Bobcats
  • Mountain lions

Bison can be found along the North Rim, while javelinas can often be seen along the South Rim.


The Grand Canyon is a bird lover's paradise. Hundreds of bird species live in the Grand Canyon year-round or while migrating, including a few endangered species, such as the California condor and the Mexican spotted owl. The Colorado River forms a lush riparian ecosystem perfect for several species of birds, while the abundance of rodents gives birds of prey and raptors such as peregrine falcons and red-tailed hawks plenty to feast on.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Various reptiles live all across the Grand Canyon, such as Gila monsters, snakes and lizards. Many are venomous, so be sure to maintain a safe distance and watch where you place your feet and hands.

Several species of toads, frogs and salamanders are also common along the Colorado River. Look for them if you are hiking or rafting along the river.


Many species of insects thrive in the Grand Canyon, helping keep ecosystems functioning and healthy. From bees and butterflies to beetles and dragonflies, each insect plays a vital role. 

Tarantulas and other spiders are common, as are bark scorpions, one of the most venomous creatures in the Grand Canyon.

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