Animals

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Caught on camera! Check out this fascinating glimpse into the diverse animal lives that intersect at this little oasis. Watch till the end to see our largest carnivore! Can you name all 11 species featured in this video? This incredible critter-cam footage was captured by a local student-scientist and his dad as part of an ongoing project.

 

Bio-Geographic Crossroads

One of the Reserve's most notable qualities is its large degree of biological diversity concentrated in a relatively small area. Located in the Northern Basin and Range province, the habitat of the Reserve supports a large variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates.

At first glance, City of Rocks would appear to be a tough place for wildlife to survive. Diverse habitats at various elevations lead to an area bursting with wildlife. It goes without saying that animals at City of Rocks are equipped with special adaptations to survive extreme conditions. During summer, most fauna are active at night, thereby escaping the often hot, dry days. Winter forces wildlife to migrate to better environments or to hibernate. To see as many different types as possible, include the following habitats in your search: pinyon-juniper-mahogany forest, aspen-riparian areas, sagebrush flats, and spruce-firpine forest above 7,000 feet.

 
Mule Deer
Mule Deer

NPS Photo

Mammals

Most visitors to City of Rocks will observe mule deer, mountain cottontail, blacktail jack rabbit,yellow-bellied marmot and golden-mantled and least chipmunks. Also documented within the Reserve are the more elusive mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, moose, and elk.

 
Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

NPS Photo

Birds

The high desert ecosystem and rocky cliffs of the reserve provide an excellent habitat for many birds. Within City of Rocks and Almo Valley, 180 species of birds have been documented, and are included on the City of Rocks Bird Checklist.

 
Common Sagebrush Lizard
Common Sagebrush Lizard

NPS Photo

Reptiles and Amphibians

Common lizard species, found at the Reserve, include the Western Whiptail, Western Fence Lizard, Long-nosed Leopard Lizard, Sagebrush Lizard, and Northern Desert Horned Lizard. Snakes include the Rubber Boa, Western Rattlesnake, Great Basin Gopher Snake, Striped Whipsnake, and Wandering Garter Snake.

The only amphibian to be documented in the Reserve, is the Boreal Chorus Frog.

Last updated: December 8, 2021

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City of Rocks National Reserve
P.O. Box 169

Almo , ID 83312

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208-824-5901

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