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?
Mule Deer lack the digestive juices of omnivores or carnivores, and rely on enzymes present in green plant material to digest their food. Feeding deer picnic fare causes hyper-enlargement of their pancreas, and can result in death. Please do not feed wildlife!