1. American Bison
Bobcats are elusive and rarely, rarely seen – which makes them all the more mysterious and enchanting. They live in both high and low elevations and prefer rocky areas, which make it easier to escape coyotes.
Moose are literally one of the largest mammals to have survived the last Ice Age, which makes them all the more magnificent. If you're lucky, you'll spot them in forested areas at high elevations, like the Uintas – but make sure to keep your distance!
4. Gray Wolves
5. Bald Eagles
6. Rocky Mountain Elk
7. Mountain Goats
8. Rattlesnakes and Kingsnakes
Most venomous snakes in Utah have rattles on their tails (the colourful Utah Mountain Kingsnake is not venomous). While they're undoubtedly a cool sight to behold, it's best to avoid any type of snake if seen. Most trails in rattlesnake territory are equipped with warning signs!
9. Brown Bears
10. Bighorn Sheep
Two varieties of bighorn sheep live in Utah: Rocky Mountain and desert – a smaller subspecies that have adapted to live in hot, dry climates. Bighorn sheep are so significant in the history of the region that they've been depicted on rock art and petroglyphs by various historic Native American inhabitants.
11. Mountain Lions
Mountain lions are actually more similar to housecats than actual lions in terms of genetics, and that just makes them all the more endearing. (Cute, giant cats, amirite?) Despite the large numbers of mountain lions dwelling in Utah, they're not sighted often, although they do occasionally wander into town!