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21 Animals To Discover In Grand Canyon National Park

21 Animals that call the Grand Canyon Home.

Have you ever visited this natural wonder of planet earth? This park holds a vast array of wildlife. Let’s find out out which animals call Grand Canyon National Park home.

Mountain Lion

Portrait of Beautiful Puma in autumn forest. American cougar – mountain lion, striking pose, scene in the woods, wildlife America. Image by Baranov_Evgenii via

Apex predators, elusive and primarily nocturnal.

California Condor

Californian Condor. Image via depositphotos.

One of the world’s largest birds with a wingspan up to 9.8 feet, critically endangered.

Bighorn Sheep

ram bighorn sheep
A big horn sheep. Image by Jwanamaker, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Notable for their large, curved horns and sure-footedness on steep terrain.


Elk. Image via depositphotos.

Large mammals known for their impressive antlers (in males) and bugling calls.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer Image via Depositphotos

Named for their large, mule-like ears, these deer are common in the park.


coyote stalk on roadside in desert area.
coyote stalk on roadside in desert area. Image by Checubus via DepositPhotos

Adaptable canines that play an important role in the park’s ecosystem.

Bald Eagle

bald eagle national animal of the U.S.
Image by stacyvitallo via Pixabay

The national bird of the United States, can occasionally be spotted near water sources.

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine falcon.
Peregrine falcon. By Carlos Delgado – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Known for their incredible speed, diving at over 200 mph to catch prey.


Rattlesnake. Image via Pixabay.

Several species inhabit the park, recognizable by their distinctive rattle.

Gila Monster

Gila monster poison lizard. Image by DesignPicsInc on depositphotos.

One of the few venomous lizard species in North America, rare and reclusive.

Mexican Spotted Owl

Mexican Spotted Owl
Mexican spotted owl. Image by James Toose on Unsplash.

A nocturnal bird, listed as a threatened species.

Rock Squirrel

Rock Squirrel paused on rock outcrop. Image via depositphotos.

Often seen by visitors, known for their climbing and foraging behavior.


ringtail cat
Ringtail. Image by slowmotiongli via Depositphotos

Also known as the ringtail cat, though it is more closely related to raccoons.

Grand Canyon Pink Rattlesnake

Fishopotamus, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A subspecies of rattlesnake endemic to the Grand Canyon area.

Antelope Jackrabbit

antelope jackrabbit
Image by Vladimir Haltakov via

Notable for its large size and long ears, which help with thermoregulation.


baby beaver
Image by EBFoto via Depositphotos.

Known for their dam-building activities, they can be found near rivers and streams.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk
Flying Red-tailed Hawk Via Deposit Photos

A common raptor in North America, identifiable by its reddish tail.

Common Raven

Known for their playful antics and curiosity, ravens have captivated humans for centuries, inspiring myths, legends, and artistic interpretations across cultures. Image by Cristina Glebova via Unsplash

Highly intelligent birds, often seen in pairs or larger groups.


Tarantula. Image by Nikola Bačanek on Unsplash.

Large, hairy spiders that are much less dangerous than they appear.

Hopi Chipmunk

Hopi chipmunk. Image via depositphotos.

A species of chipmunk endemic to the southwestern United States, including parts of the Grand Canyon.

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn sheep. Image via depositphotos.

A subspecies of bighorn sheep adapted to the desert environment of the Grand Canyon.


The Grand Canyon. Image via depositphotos.

These animals each play an important role in their diverse habitats across Grand Canyon national park. I hope you enjoyed reading about the animals that call Grand Canyon home. To read more like this, check out the articles below:

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