ABERT'S SQUIRREL (Sciurus aberti)
Printable Abert's Squirrel Fact Sheet (PDF)
RED SQUIRREL (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
Common in the higher elevations of the park. Can be seen on the Alamo Boundary, Ski, or Cerro Grande Trails. Rarely along the Main Pueblo Loop Trail in Frijoles Canyon. Have a unique bark when they feel their territory is in danger.
ROCK SQUIRREL (Spermophilus variegatus)
Very common throughout the park. Hibernates in winter but can be seen on warm spring days sunning itself on rocks near Long House on the Main Pueblo Loop Trail. Some tendency to beg for food. Please do not feed them.
GOLDEN-MANTLED GROUND SQUIRREL (Spermophilus lateralis)
Common in the higher elevations of the park. Occasionally in canyons. Often seen on Cerro Grande, Alamo Boundary, and Ski Trails.
COLORADO CHIPMUNK (Eutamis quadriwittatus)
Common in the canyons, lower elevations, and along Rio Grande. Can be seen in Cottonwood Picnic Grounds and on the Falls Trail.
LEAST CHIPMUNK (Eutamis minimus)
Common in higher elevations of the park. Can be seen on Alamo Boundary, Cerro Grande, and Ski Trails.
POCKET GOPHER (Thomomys spp)
Common throughout the park. Burrow underground looking for food and can be very damaging to archeological sites. Can easily be seen along the Main Pueblo Loop Trail or in front of the visitor center.
MOUNTAIN LION (Felix concolor)
Uncommon but may be seen in the park, usually along or crossing roadways. Each mountain lion requires a fair bit of territory so numbers within the park are probably small.
BOBCAT (Lunx rufus)
Uncommon but can be seen usually along or crossing park roadways.
MULE DEER (Ococoileus hemionus)
Extremely common throughout the park year-round. Very often seen on the Main Pueblo Loop Trail, entrance road, and Alcove House Trail.
ELK (Cervus canadenis)
Common in the park in the winter on the mesatops and rarely in the canyons. Can be seen on the entrance road in the winter.
BLACK BEAR (Ursus americanus)
Printable Black Bear Fact Sheet (PDF)
COYOTE (Canis latrans)
Printable Coyote Fact Sheet (PDF)
GRAY FOX (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
Uncommon but can be seen along the Main Pueblo Loop Trail on occasion.
TOWNSEND'S BIG-EARED BAT (Plecotus townsendii)
Uncommon and even more rarely seen. One of thirteen species of bats found in the park.
BIG BROWN BAT (Eptesicus fuscus)
SILVER-HAIRED BAT (Lasionycteris noctivagans) Common in the park but rarely seen. Nocturnal consumer of insects.
AUDUBON'S DESERT COTTONTAIL (Sylvilagus auduboni)
Very common throughout most areas of the park. Rarely seen except in the early morning or early evening.
COMMON MUSKRAT (Ondatra zibethicus)
Uncommon but can be seen in marshy areas along the Rio Grande.
AMERICAN BADGER (Taxidea taxus)
MEXICAN RACCOON (Procyon lotor)
Common in park but most active at night so rarely seen.
AMERICAN PIKA (Ochotona princeps)
These animals are closely related to rabbits. Until recently their presence in the park was undocumented. In their southern range, pika live in isolated communities at high elevations. In Bandelier, there are several small colonies located in specific geologic areas in the highest elevations. Pika live in cold environments and these isolated communities may be in jeopardy due to climate change.
Printable American Pika Fact Sheet (PDF)
LONG-TAILED WEASEL (Mustela frenata)
RINGTAIL (Bassariscus astutus)
Common in the park but rarely seen. Almost always active only at night, sleeps in den during the day.
STRIPED SKUNK (Mephitis mephitis)
Common but rarely seen. Nocturnal.
PINYON DEERMOUSE (Peromyscus truei)
Common in the pinyon-juniper woodland but rarely seen.
NORTH AMERICAN DEERMOUSE (Peromyscus maniculatus)
Last updated: December 28, 2022