Wildlife & Bird Watching in Utah Valley
Among the natural beauty of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains, several animals can be found along hikes, mountain biking adventures, camping and scenic drives. While hiking, biking or driving through, you might spot a Desert Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni), Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis), Rocky Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) or Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), among other beautiful creatures in Utah Valley.
Humming Bird at Thanksgiving Point Gardens
Utah Valley has many types of wildlife, such as:
Take part in spotting all species of birds in Utah Valley! Some of the best locations include:
- Bicentennial Park, the Botany Pond on BYU Campus and Rock Canyon in Provo
- Camelot Woods, Lincoln Beach and the Airport Dike at Utah Lake
- Allred’s Pond in Lehi
- Anderson Park in Pleasant Grove
- Salem Pond and Springville Industrial Park
- All canyons in Utah Valley
Some of the Utah Valley birds consist of Black-necked Stilt, Northern Pygmy Owl, Cassin's Finch, Lewis' Woodpecker, Flammulated Owl and many more! A few of the rare bird sightings included the White Ibis, American Black Duck and Anna’s Hummingbird. Don't miss the incredible snow goose migration, which usually takes place in late February through early March in the Utah Valley.
For more information about Utah Valley birds, contact the Utah County Birders at (801) 373-2487 or visit them on the web at www.utahbirds.org.
At the summit of American Fork Canyon, vistas of Mt. Timpanogos are visible through impressive aspen groves.
Alpine Scenic Byway, Cascade Springs, Mount Timpanogos Cave National Monument are all gems within American Fork Canyon.
Deer Creek State Park lies in the southwest corner of beautiful Heber Valley and consistently provides some of Utah's finest year- round fishing.
Measured at 11,928 feet, Mount Nebo is the highest peak of the Wasatch Mountain Range.
Measuring at 11,750 feet, Mount Timpanogos reigns the Wasatch Range and over Utah Valley.
The brilliant fall foliage of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is hard to match anywhere in the nation. Along the way, there are numerous campgrounds, trails, and horeseback riding areas.
The Byway winds through wonderful Provo Canyon, past Bridal Veil Falls and Deer Creek Reservoir, and on to Heber Valley.
True to its name, Rock Canyon is a geological dream. Located west of Provo in the Wasatch Mountains, Rock Canyon is known for scenic hiking and rock climbing.
Tucked away in the Wasatch Range lies Spanish Fork Canyon.
Take a drive, hike or a bike ride down and through the many scenic views of our Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest .