Flagstaff is home to many wild characters, but some of the most interesting ones are out in the mountains, forests, and lakes that surround this area.

Northern Arizona’s diverse terrain makes it ideal for a wide variety of wildlife. While you’re out on the hundreds of trails in and around Flagstaff, don’t be surprised if you encounter elk, mule deer or coyotes. When hiking in the backcountry, you might be lucky enough to spot a porcupine, badger, pronghorn, black bear or mountain lion. Those that prefer their wildlife sightings in the air will delight in the birdwatching opportunities, with bald eagles, northern goshawks, Mexican spotted owls, Peregrine falcons, wild turkeys and several species of neotropical migratory birds making their way through Flagstaff. For optimal wildlife watching, remember to stick to the sidelines and let the animals be themselves. For information on the watchable wildlife of northern Arizona, visit the Arizona Fish and Game Department at azgfd.gov.