Parks with Watchable Wildlife

Arizona Game & FishThe Arizona Game & Fish Department’s Watchable Wildlife Program strives to manage wildlife while providing for the recreational use of the resource. By assuring positive wildlife viewing experiences, the department hopes to increase public awareness of wildlife and support for native species through wildlife viewing-related recreational and educational opportunities. The program is also developing a statewide network of natural areas and trail systems known to offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. You can also learn more about wildlife in Arizona from the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Association's website External Link.

Many state parks also feature wildlife viewing opportunities. Click on a park below to learn more. Parks marked with a “†” also have a downloadable Bird List. The Junior Ranger program is another great way to introduce children to watchable wildlife.

Wildlife Viewing Western Region

Watchable Wildlife: Hawk at Dead Horse Ranch
This hawk was photographed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. You may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Coyote, Jackrabbit, Cottontail Rabbit, White-tailed Deer, Mule Deer, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Javelina, or Striped Skunk.
Alamo Lake State Park
Buckskin Mountain State Park
Cattail Cove State Park
Lake Havasu State Park
River Island State Park


Wildlife Viewing Northern Region

Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Homolovi State Park
Red Rock State Park
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Slide Rock State Park

Wildlife Viewing Eastern Region

Watchable Wildlife: Gila Monster at Boyce
This Gila Monster was photographed at Boyce Thompson Arborteum State Park. The park is also a great place for bird watching; more than 250 species have been recorded.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Catalina State Park
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
Lost Dutchman State Park
Lyman Lake State Park
Oracle State Park
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


Wildlife Viewing Southern Region

Kartchner Caverns State Park
Patagonia Lake State Park
Picacho Peak State Park
Roper Lake State Park
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

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