Utah Wildlife Viewing
More than 600 species of fishes, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds call Utah home. Below you will find some information on wildlife viewing opportunities in Utah's diverse climate. Click here to learn more about Utah's wildlife species.
Vibrantly colored salmon crowding into streams and leaping up waterfalls may sound out of place in an arid climate, but kokanee salmon are well established in Utah. Kokanee are landlocked relatives of the sockeye salmon of the Pacific Coast, and they are just as exciting to catch as their saltwater kin. They’ve been stocked in several Utah waters, including Causey Reservoir, Porcupine Reservoir, Moon Lake and Strawberry Reservoir, which currently boasts the state record, a 6-pounder, caught in 1995. Read More!
To see a condor in flight is stunning. With a wingspan of nearly 10 feet, they’re like small aircraft. They can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour and travel hundreds of miles in a single day. “The condors are spreading into southeastern Utah,” says Brian Higbee, a Utah resident who participates in condor conservation efforts. Read More!
Each year during the month of February the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources holds its annual Utah Bald Eagle Day. This year on Feb. 10, 2018 you will have a chance to not only see these majestic birds of prey, but learn more about them by attending one of the four viewing locations across the state. Read More!
The Tracy Aviary provides a sanctuary for birds of many species from all around world. Native birds to Utah also find refuge at the Aviary and the surrounding Liberty Park. These wild birds are attracted to the water features, large trees, and the relative safety of the park. The Tracy Aviary offers 11 exhibits sure to captivate the young and the old. As you enter the park the first attraction is the duck feeding pond. The Mallards, Golden-Eyes, Redheads, and Teals will be waiting for you to throw them a treat. Read More!
Sharks, stingrays, penguins, and sea turtles are just a few species that can be viewed at the Living Planet Aquarium. The aquarium is home to around 2,500 animals and 450 species of exotic fish, sharks, eels, snakes, reptiles, and more. Four main exhibits allow visitors to get up close to all these amazing animals. These exhibits include Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America, and the Antarctic Adventure. Read More!
Located just a few miles past Corrine Utah is the Salt Creek WMA. This WMA was designed to provide habitat for Utah's Waterfowl species. Access to this area is restricted and only open to public use one week prior to the waterfowl hunting season. Read More!
The Utah Botanical Center offers visitors many recreational activities such as fishing, wildlife viewing, walking the trail system, visiting the Rasmussen Teaching Garden and over 100 species of trees in the arboretum. The Botanical Center was created as a place of study and focuses on critical issues facing Utah and other states throughout the Intermountain west; a growing population and limited water supplies, diminishing public open space, and a shrinking resource base for native plants, wildlife and wetland areas. Read More!
Each February thousands of Snow Geese arrive in Delta, Utah on their northerly migration from the Imperial Valley of southern California. They usually arrive in Delta around the 18th of February. The best time to view these beautiful birds is usually during the last week of February and the first week of March. Read More!
The Bear River Bird Refuge Visitors Center offers visitors young and old the opportunity to learn the importance of wetland environments. As you enter the visitors center you will be treated with a mural of bird species that can be found living or visiting the Bear River Bird Refuge. Read More!
The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge encompasses approximately 75,000 acres. It is the largest freshwater component of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. The refuge lies along the eastern edge of the Pacific Flyway and the western edge of the Central Flyway, making it an important resting, feeding, and nesting area for birds (212 species) in both flyways. There are 72 species known to nest on the refuge. Read More!