Buck in Zion National Park

Wildlife in Zion National Park

Date of visit: Friday November 13th, 2015

Attractions/Places of Interest:

As with most National Park, Zion is no exception as the home to many wild animals. Keep your eyes open for mule deer during the day and coyotes at night. Foxes, bighorn sheep, bats, and rock squirrels are also possible to find throughout the park at different times of day or night. For a full list of the wildlife found in Zion, visit the National Park Service website here, as well as here.

Photo and Travel Gear:

Depending on the animal, typically you will want a good telephoto lens. My choice is the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8. You will need patience and a good eye for spotting, as well as quick reflexes for capturing you photos before your subject runs away. There is some luck involved, and as always weather and lighting plays a big role for a great shot.

Sometimes you will not have time to switch lenses when a quick opportunity arises, just as I did when I managed to capture this buck posing beautifully in front of the beautiful Zion Canyon with my Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 zoomed in to 70mm that was already on my camera.

For animals further away, you may consider renting a larger focal length lens, like the Nikon 500mm f/4, or the much more economical Nikon 200-500 f/5.6.

You can come home with some amazing photos of wildlife at Zion, however I find that Yellowstone National Park is the mecca of wildlife photo opportunities.