Northern Arizona Wildlife Viewing
Walk through the woods and the chance to listen for a variety of birds around Flagstaff and Coconino County. Stop and listen for Abert’s squirrels moving through the canopy foraging on the cambium in pine branches.
Look for waterfowl at Rogers Lake and the chain of Anderson Mesa lakes. Grand Canyon visitors can be rewarded with views of a California condor. Navajo Bridge is among the best places to see these majestic giants in flight.
In Flagstaff and Northern Arizona bighorn sheep and mule deer become more visible against a backdrop of green spring vegetation at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where various lizards can be photographed basking on warm rocks.
Near Flagstaff, May is a great month to enjoy prairie wildlife. Pronghorn, elk, bison, and Gunnison’s prairie dogs are active this time of year at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Raymond Wildlife Area.
Hundreds of bull, cow, and calf elk can be found along the scenic drive in the early evening at Mormon Lake. Large numbers of elk can also be found this time of year at Upper and Lower Lake Mary as well as Rogers Lake. Visit Arizona Game and Fish Department's Lamar Haines Memorial Wildlife Area for songbirds in aspen forests.
Midsummer is lizard season in the high country – walk the Flagstaff Urban Trail System for lizards basking along the dark, basalt rock walls of the Rio de Flag.
On your way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, take in some California condor watching at Vermillion Cliffs then stop by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s House Rock Wildlife Area to see some bison and mule deer. You’re likely to see a unique population of the Abert’s squirrel, known on the North Rim as the Kaibab Squirrel.
Elk are still in high numbers at Mormon Lake and territorial bulls can be found at dawn and dusk bugling and moving from their daytime, forested rest areas to open meadows at night.
Monsoon rains replenish high country lakes just in time for fall waterfowl migration. The chain of Anderson Mesa lakes host a wide diversity of waterfowl species making for an excellent day tour. This is a great time of year to take a drive to the Kendrick Park Watchable Wildlife Trail.
November and December
Large groups of wintering bald eagles in the Flagstaff region can be found at Upper and Lower Lake Mary, Mormon Lake, Marshall Lake, Rogers Lake, Kachina Wetlands and Pumphouse Greenway, Cataract Lake, and Kaibab Lake. Bald Eagle sightings continue throughout winter. You will also be rewarded with good views of elk in their winter coats.