Grand Canyon National Park is home to a colorful array of wildlife. Over 90 species of mammals, 447 bird species, 10 amphibian species, 48 species of reptiles and numerous other inspects and spiders.


Most visitors won’t have to wait long to see Elk, one of the largest members of the deer family in Grand Canyon National Park. The Rocky mountain elk were introduced to the state from 1913-1928 from Yellowstone National Park. During the summer, elk range typically within one-half mile of water sources. While these majestic animals can appear calm or tame, they are wild animals and can be very dangerous. The park asks visitors to view these animals from at least 100 feet.


Squirrels are extremely common at Grand Canyon. They follow visitors, begging for food. However, the park is very adamant — do not feed them. There are three types of squirrels at Grand Canyon National Park. The Abert squirrel on the South Rim, Kaibab squirrel, which live only on the North Rim, and the Golden Mantled ground squirrels.

Big Horn Sheep

Grand Canyon National Park is home to desert bighorn sheep, one of the largest native animals in the park. Males can weigh up to 300 pounds (135 kg). Grand Canyon is an excellent habitat for the sheep, providing remote refuges for them.

California Condors

Coming from near-extinction only 30 years ago, there are now 76 California Condors in northern Arizona and southern Utah in the rugged areas near the Canyon. One of the best places to view these majestic birds are on the South Rim, especially Hopi Point. Condors are monitored by the park and the Peregrine Fund.