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The Bighorn Sheep of Zion National Park

Zion National Park is home to many different unique and beautiful animals. Animals like the California Condor, Mule Deer, and the Western Rattle Snake call Zion National Park home all year long. Those who will be visiting Zion National Park may get the chance to see another animal that can’t be seen in many places.
The Bighorn Sheep of Zion National Park leave guests staring in awe as they precariously maneuver their hooved feet along steep and narrow cliffs. Guests who see these impressive sheep often recall the sighting as one of the most memorable things during their trip. Though not often talked about, Bighorn Sheep are just one more incredible thing to see while in the amazing Zion National Park.

 

About Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep are some of the most unique creatures in Zion National Park. They are closely related to Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, but the Bighorn Sheep in Zion National Park are built for the hot, dry weather of Zion. They have long legs, small bodies, short coats, and can survive on only the water from the vegetation they consume for days at a time.
Unlike most horned mammals, where only the males possess horns, both male and female Bighorn Sheep have horns. The female’s horns are shorter and less robust while the male’s horns are long, thick, and curve around their heads. These horns are used for ramming into other males to prove dominance.
For many years, the population of Bighorn Sheep in the southern Utah area was dwindling. In the late seventies, they were reintroduced to the area to return the native species where it belonged and, ever since, the Bighorn Sheep population has been booming.

Where Bighorn Sheep can be Found in Zion
While Bighorn Sheep may be seen on many mountains and cliffs, there are a few specific areas where guests are more likely to see them. In the areas of the Zion- Mt. Carmel Tunnel and the East Entrance of the park, it is common to see the Bighorn Sheep perched high on a rocky cliff, grazing on vegetation or, resting in the shade at the base of a cliff. Drivers should take care in these areas since Bighorn Sheep may cross the road unexpectedly.

When to Observe Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep are in the area year-round, but the best time to view them is once the cool weather moves in. With the peak of the mating season beginning in October, guests can hear them slamming their horns into each other to establish dominance, secure mating rights, and claim their territory. It is an incredible sight to see these creatures fighting precariously on a cliff’s edge.
For a dose of cuteness, travelers can plan their trip around the arrival of baby Bighorn lambs. New born lambs can be seen from mid-January to late April since there is a six-month gestation period after the peak mating season in October. No matter what time of year visitors come to Zion, they will be delighted by the sight of these majestic, beautiful, and interesting animals.

Visit the Bighorn Sheep of Zion
By observing the Bighorn Sheep of Zion from a safe distance, guests will be able to have a better appreciation of the unique wildlife of Zion National Park. Whether guests are visiting the area solely to observe the wildlife or they have come for outdoor activities but stumble across the wildlife in the process, Bighorn Sheep sightings will be a highlight of the trip.

Family Activities In St. George

When it comes down to it, we really cannot think of a reason why people would not enjoy coming to St. George. It is the perfect family vacation spot year round! All it’s missing is the beach, but hey, we have Sand Hollow, close enough right? Here are some fun family activities to try when visiting St. George.

DIXIE
Photo Credit: Holly B. on flickr

Pioneer Park

Also known as “Dixie Rock”, this is a fun family friendly hiking area that sits atop a hill overlooking St. George. Enjoy short hikes, historic “buildings”, picnic areas, slot canyons and so much more! Also located right next to Pioneer Park is The Desert Garden, which can be a fun and educational stroll.

Tuacahn

Depending on the time of year you are visiting, there will be different shows and events going on at Tuacahn no doubt! Some spectacular shows that have hit this amphitheater stage are The Little Mermaid, Tarzan and more! They also hold holiday shows like Halloweens Thriller!

Sand Hollow

This Reservoir is the go to spot for families during the blazing hot summers. There are all kinds of fun things to do there, cliff jumping, tubing, Razors and so much more!

Zion National Park

We really truly believe that St. George is one of the best places to visit simply because Zion Natoional Park is right in our backyard! A mere 40 minute drive away. How lucky can you get?!

Reasons To Visit St. George

St. George is like the Vegas of Utah, except a lot less wild and a lot more beauty! It’s the place everyone wants to visit or move to. With moderate winters, Zion right down the road (basically) and over 300 days of sunshine, it’s hard to imagine why someone wouldn’t want to come to St. George for at least a weekend!

Things To Do

St. George is full of fun things to do, some of those things are events that the community holds, some are just out there for you to enjoy. For example, once a month on the first Friday, St. George holds “George Street Fest”. This is an event that helps local businesses by allowing them to have booths for visitors to come and check out. There is live music, food trucks and so much more! Every George Street Fest is unique in its own way.
There are a lot of things for kids to do here as well, with water parks, Fiesta Fun, Laser Mania, The Children’s Museum and more! You’ll never run out of things for the kiddos to do!

Places To Eat

This is something that St. George prides itself on. There are a plethora of different restaurants that are locally owned or franchised. Either way, there are so many options for dining that it makes it nearly impossible to choose where you want to eat! What keeps a lot of visitors coming back are our locally owned and operated restaurants, such as Cappelettis or Durangos! Dining in St. George is a wonderful experience.

Sights To See

One of the main reasons people keep coming to St. George is for it’s captivating and breathtaking landscapes. Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Snow Canyon State Park are all within a very short distance of St. George. Making this one of the top places to stay when you are looking for some good family fun adventure and stunning sights.

St. George, Utah
Photo Credit: Lindsey on flickr

Relaxation

St. George is home to some of the best spas in Utah, with amazing staff that are extremely kind, caring and professional. Not only does that help with the relaxation side of things, but did someone say golf? That’s right, here in sunny St. George golfing is a year round sport due to our mild climate in the winters. So for top notch relaxation, it’s no wonder people choose to visit St. George.

There are many more reasons people choose to visit St. George, it’s a small town with a big city feel, all while maintaining the beautiful natural surroundings.