Wildlife Viewing at Mancos State Park
Mancos State Park provides visitors with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. From the tufted-eared Abert’s Squirrel to the graceful Mule Deer, mammals of all sizes can be found in the park. Ask a Ranger, or stop by the front gate to pick up a Mancos State Park Mammal List, or take a gander at our Watchable Wildlife Kiosk located near the front gate. Hikers may also want to watch their step, because Mancos is home to a number of reptiles such as Garter Snakes and Horned Toads.
Migratory and resident birds are known for this area, including the black-billed magpie, raven, mountain bluebird and gray jay, raptors, and waterfowl and shorebirds attracted to the reservoir. Mule deer are a common sight, as are cottontail rabbits, the Abert's squirrel, porcupines, raccoons, the least chipmunk, coyotes and ground squirrels. Anglers are attracted by the cold- and warm-water fishing opportunities, which include rainbow trout, yellow perch, and catfish.
Wildlife at Mancos
Wildlife Viewing Guidelines
Wildlife viewing can be a fun and exciting element of your visit to any natural area. However, to help protect our wildlife, as well as yourself, please follow the following guidelines when watching the park’s critters: