Seeing condors in Utah
Although they often winter in Arizona, many condors from the southwestern population soar over Utah. They can travel back and forth between the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park in a single day. The best places to watch for Califonia Condors are at Navajo Bridge, and the Condor Viewing Station; both on Highway 89A south of Kanab. The Condors nest at the viewing station and will often find themselves at Navajo Bridge that crosses the Colorado River for a nice drink from the river. Be sure to check out both!
The birds commonly visit Utah between April and November, but peak numbers usually occur from June through August. One of their favorite places to roost is in Zion National Park. If you see a California condor in the wild, you should:
- Take a picture — or a few dozen. These enormous, majestic birds date back to prehistoric times and are not yet safe from extinction.
- Keep your distance and do not feed condors. This will help you and the birds avoid negative or unsafe human-condor encounters.
- Report anyone who appears to be poaching or harassing condors. You can contact wildlife officials at 1-800-662-3337.
For more information about the California Condors in Southern Utah please visit this link.
Eagles and many other birds can be found all over the greater Kanab area, just keep an eye out for them. While you’re visiting Kanab, take a short drive 3 miles south of town to Jackson Flat Reservoir where you can find many Ducks, Eagles, Ravens, Geese and other migratory birds depending on the time of the year.
For more information about birding or if you’re a first time bird watcher visit this link.