|Grand Canyon National Park|
The significance and appeal of the Grand Canyon is not limited to spectacular vistas and fascinating geology. The park contains several major ecosystems and great biological diversity. It spans nearly 8,000 feet in elevation, from the Mohave Desert scrub regions along the Colorado River in the pa...
Vermilion Cliffs Condor Viewing Site
|Description: The California condor soars the skies of Arizona once again, thanks to a reintroduction effort that began here at Vermilion Cliffs in 1996. A condor viewing kiosk at the west end of the monument invites visitors to look for these enormous black birds. From the kiosk, visitors are almost guaranteed to see condors soaring above the beautiful Vermilion Cliffs at any time of year. Viewing is best at mid-to late morning with the aid of binoculars or a spotting scope.|
Wildlife to Watch: In addition to the California condor, look for peregrine falcon, prairie falcon, and golden eagle, as well as a variety of reptiles and amphibians, such as gopher snake, Great Basin eastern collared lizard, common sagebrush lizard and greater short-horned lizard. Bighorn sheep, pronghorn, mountain lion, and other mammals such as white-tailed antelope squirrel, rock squirrel, badger, ringtail, and spotted skunk may also be present. The many cliffs and rock outcrops are home to white-throated swift and violet-green swallow.
Special Tips: Permits, available on-line, are required for hikes in Paria Canyon and the Coyote Buttes area.
Wilderness area, no off-road vehicles allowed.
Ownership: Bureau of Land Management
Size: 294,000 acres
Closest Town: Jacob Lake
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: