• Strike Valley and the Waterpocket Fold

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah


Stiped Whipsnake on a rock
Striped Whipsnake on a rock
NPS photo

Wildlife is diverse because of a variety of habitats such as pinyon-juniper, perennial streams, dry washes and rock cliffs. We solicit details of the wildlife seen by visitors because such information adds immeasurably to the value of the park records.

In this section you will find checklists for many animals that others have seen. If you encounter a species not on the list while visiting the park, please be sure to check at the visitor center to update the list(s).

At the NPS:Nature and Science Inventory and Monitoring Program website you can download a list of species that have been recorded in Capitol Reef and other parks in the Colorado Plateau Region.

Did You Know?

Don’t let this happen to you!  Check area forecasts! Vehicle being inspected by park rangers following a flash flood

Less than 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) of rain can produce flash floods. Flash floods are caused by run-off from intense, localized thunderstorms that drop a large amount of rain over a short period of time. They are most common in Capitol Reef in July, August and September, but can occur at any time of the year.