Wildlife in Colorado

Want to know all about wildlife in Colorado? Colorado is noted for its vivid landscape of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands.

Colorado is considered a state home to one of the healthiest populations of people, possibly due to all the outdoor activities, health-focused culture available, and nature at the disposal of all.

Are you intrigued to learn more about the wildlife in Colorado? Read on or jump to the headline that piques your interest and comment on which animal you would love to see the most!

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep were among the most admired animals of the Apsaalooka (Crow) people, and what is today called the Bighorn Mountain Range was central to the Apsaalooka tribal lands.

Colorado Bison

The American Bison are large mammals that can reach up to 6.5 feet tall and weigh up to 2,200 pounds. They travel in herds and have an average life span of 20 years.


Due to massive hunting efforts, elk were almost wholly lost from Colorado forever. But due to relocation efforts, Colorado is now home to more than 280,000 elk.

Mountain Lion

Many Colorado locals have experience dealing with mountain lions; however, we advise tourists to exercise caution when staying close to areas with recent sightings of the mountain lions.

Black Bear

Black bears can be found throughout Colorado in areas of Gambel’s oak and aspen, mostly living in oak brush areas and occasionally venturing into aspen forests.

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