• Bandelier Short-horned Lizard

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

Animals

tarantula

During the warm days of autumn, tarantulas are often seen crossing the trail.

NPS Photo by Sally King

With Bandelier's wide range of ecosystems it is the perfect home to a variety of wildlife. Mule deer, Abert's squirrels, lizards, and a number of bird species are the most commonly encountered animals on a visit to the park. Some birds make Bandelier their year-round home while some are seasonal and others only migrate through the park.

When visiting, don't forget, these animals call this place home. Don't harass them and please refrain from feeding them. Many are very photogenic and don't mind having their picture taken. However, never approach too close to wildlife. Even the most timid animal can bite if it feels threatened.

 

NEW LISTS FOR 2014

To see an up-to-date list of mammals found in the park, click here.
To see a current list of Bandelier butterflies, click here.
To see the bird list for Bandelier for 2014, click here.

Did You Know?

Upper Falls

Frijoles Creek drops approximately 80 feet over the Upper Falls. The falls occur where the waters of Frijoles Creek hit the more resistant, dense basalt rock from the neck of an ancient volcano.