It is fascinating to see wildlife in their natural environments. It is never guaranteed that you will see any, but I have often seen birds and wild animals while hiking. I have sometimes gone to where I hope wildlife will be to photograph them. These are only a few of the animals I have seen.
A few places where you might see deer are Kyhv Peak Overlook, Cecret Lake, Rocky Mouth Falls, Twin Lakes, Lake Mary, Cohab Canyon, Bells Canyon and the shore of Utah Lake. They are most likely to come out at sunset.
I took photos of these bald eagles around Utah Lake.
Here are other birds I have photographed.
Powell Lake is great for bird watching.
One of the best places to see eagles, and other birds of prey is Farmington Bay and the Eccles Wildlife Education Center.
A good place for ducks is Highland Glen Pond.
These Great Horned Owls were at Antelope Island.
Here are other Antelope Island animals.
Buffalo and Antelope
Antelope Island is the place to go to find buffalo and antelope.
Lizards and Salamanders
The only place I have seen salamanders are in Cecret Lake.
In Southern Utah lizards are plentiful. I have seen them in Capitol Reef on Cassidy Arch Trail and Sulphur Creek Waterfall, near St. George on Anasazi Valley Petroglyph Trail, and near Moab at Mesa Arch and Landscape Arch.
The best places to see mountain goats are up high on mountains. These photos are on Mount Timpanogos from either Timpooneke or Aspen Grove. You might also find some on Mount Superior. In the winter you can see them from the parking lot of Little Cottonwoods Park and Ride high on the cliffs.
Big Horn Sheep
Great Horned Sheep can be found near the entrance to American Fork Canyon and in Zion National Park.
I am glad that I don’t run into snakes very frequently. I did see the rubber snake on the trail to Timpanogos Falls, a gopher snake on Turtle Hill, and rattle snakes on the Lost Creek Falls and Dry Canyon Alternate trail.
Butterflies and other Insects
Fireflies are also found in Utah. Check out this post to find out all the details.
Red Foxes can also be found in Utah if you know where to look.
The wild horses are also fun to visit!
Be sure that you never approach a wild animal. I always carry bear spray just in case, but in all my hiking I have never had to use it.