Wildlife Viewing in the Silver State

With rugged mountain ranges, lush wetland valleys and the hottest desert in the continent, Nevada animals are as diverse as the landscapes themselves. In northern Nevada, you’ll find the Great Basin’s sweeping valleys and massive ranges—as well as towering, aspen-studded peaks poking into the alpine zone—while southern Nevada’s Mojave Desert lands boast some of the lowest, hottest, and driest conditions in North America, with plenty in between. These varied regions feature thousands of creatures—some found nowhere else on earth—while others pass through annually. And it doesn’t take much to find them.

Even a short hop north of Las Vegas—whether you’re looking for a quick beyond-the-Strip day trip or a true off-the-grid, back-to-nature experience, wildlife-filled outdoor recreational opportunities abound on the largest wildlife management area in the Lower 48. Even closer to your resort, you’ll find a birders paradise at the Henderson Birdviewing Preserve. Cruising around southern Nevada, be on the lookout for desert tortoise, reptiles, jackrabbits, rare pupfish species, and bighorn sheep roaming freely in their natural habitats.

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A Birder, Wildlife Photographer and Animal Lover’s Paradise

Further north, keep an eye out for the wild mustangs and burros that roam Nevada’s basin and range topography; more than half the country’s wild horse population lives in Nevada alone, and the wild donkeys give plenty of friendly nods to the Silver State’s history and heritage. Creatures like rocky mountain elk, mule deer, minks, foxes, and more are drawn to Great Basin National Park—the darkest and quietest place in the Continental U.S.—where they can thrive in a true nocturnal environment.

Meanwhile, habitat management in northwestern Nevada has restored ideal habitats for the finicky Sage Grouse to prosper and saved the pronghorn antelope from extinction altogether.

No matter where Nevada’s creature scene carries you, there’s likely to be a national wildlife area providing globally important refuge to millions of Nevada animals and creatures at the end of the road, or along the way. Let’s get a little wild, shall we?

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The only thing cuter than a burro? A baby burro—and we know you’re gonna wanna pic. Whether you give resident Ely “wildcat” Dirt the Cat a good head scratch or cross paths with Mojave Max—Nevada’s official “spokestortoise”—we want to follow along. Tag #NVWildlife and #TravelNevada to be featured here.

How excited was I to see this (pregnant?) burro along the side of the road? So excited that I forgot to put Jeepy in park before getting outta the car. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂
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Many thanks again to pseudopseudo for luckily possessing the strength to stop a rolling vehicle. 💕
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Surprise! Burro. ❤ 
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My wife loves birding, and we I have never been out to Stillwater wildlife refuge, so we took the whole family that lives in the area and headed out there yesterday. It made for a long day, I'm not going to lie! But boy it was pretty epic. At first I didn't think we were seeing enough wildlife to justify the trip, but then we hit the jackpot. It got a little bit scary because the wind kicked up huge clouds of alkali dust off the dry lake beds and sent them blasting towards us at high speed, but we got into the car in time so it was okay.
Beautiful pair of Hummingbirds up at the Lee Canyon meadows area. They were a lot of fun to photograph and capture in the same shot together.
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Those ears!!!😃 Nevada Jackrabbit. #nevadaphotography #nevadaphotographer #nevadawildlife #nevadamagazine #onlyinnevada #nevadadesert #desertwildlife #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #nature #naturelovers #naturelover #naturephotography #naturephotographer #jackrabbit #nikon200500 #nikon850 #nikonwildlife #natgeoyourshot #natgeowildlife #lakemeadnationalrecreationarea #natureaddict #nevada
Wascally Wabbit Wednesday. .
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From back in December, was so fun watching that Say's Phoebe fly from bighorn to bighorn, looking for the best perch to hunt bugs from 😅
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Roadrunner in all his glory 
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