Nature & Wildlife

Nature & Wildlife

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area plays host to a myriad of plants and wildlife through a complex ecosystem that spans 1.2 million acres of the Colorado Plateau. From bird watching to fishing, there is an abundance of wildlife at Lake Powell. 

Reptiles & Amphibians

Plenty of reptiles roam Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. From lizards to snakes, be on the look out as you hike and explore the area. If you come across a rattle snake, slowly move away. Down by the water you may spot a toad or frog, but you will have a better chance at hearing their calls in the evening. 

With over 315 species of birds, birdwatchers can enjoy spotting owls, herons, eagles, ducks and more. 

In partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, you can now get the inside scoop on which birds you might see during your next visit!

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Lake Powell is home to both endangered fish and sporting fish. To learn more about fishing at Lake Powell, click here

Larger Mammals

Bob cats, bighorn sheep and coyotes also dwell in the Lake Powell area. They tend to stay away from humans, but you may spot one on your visit if you are up early.