Best Birding in Utah

This list represents the most popular birding in Utah. Use this list to plan your next Utah birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Desolation Trail, Mill Creek Canyon


Mill Creek Canyon is one of several heavily vegetated and well-watered canyons descending from the Wasatch Mountains into Salt Lake City. A popular year-round destination for a variety of recreationis…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Salt Lake City, UT - Birding
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#2. Dead Horse Point State Park


Dead Horse Point State Park lies on a high plateau 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. Several walking trails wander through the 5,000-acre park, with little change in elevation, and make for a leisu…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Moab, UT - Birding
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#3. Tanner's Flat Campground and Albion Basin, Little Cottonwood Canyon


Little Cottonwood Canyon can be quite interesting, but there are not many places to park and access the surrounding terrain. Tanner’s Flat Campground, about halfway up Little Cottonwood, offers both.…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Sandy City, UT - Birding
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#4. Jordan River Parkway


This narrow avenue of cottonwoods and willows, often surrounded by city parks and golf courses, seems to attract a fair number of migrant songbirds in early spring and fall. The park is convenient for…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Salt Lake City, UT - Birding
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#5. Farmington Bay Wildlife Management Area


This management area is designed to provide quality birding whether you prefer to view from the car or a windswept dike. The only road into the refuge winds along the top of a dike, passing numerous s…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Centerville, UT - Birding
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#6. Pa'rus and Emerald Pools Trails, Zion National Park


Pa’rus Trail is probably the single best all-round birding destination in the Virgin River Canyon. The trail is an easy walk and although it passes primarily through riparian vegetation, its proximity…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Springdale, UT - Birding
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#7. City Creek Canyon


This is a pleasant hike through a narrow riparian corridor which meanders out of the north end of Salt Lake City. The primary trail is paved and wide enough to accommodate the mix of walkers, joggers,…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Salt Lake City, UT - Birding
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#8. Silver Reef to Oak Grove Campground


Leeds Creek is a rushing mountain stream that descends through a number of vegetation zones before flowing into nearby Quail Creek Reservoir. The perennial stream and its narrow riparian corridor attr…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Hurricane, UT - Birding
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#9. Kolob Reservoir Road


The road to Kolob Reservoir passes through a sample of diverse habit types, essentially rising through several vegetation–life zones from the low desert to the conifer-aspen–dominated environment. Sca…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
La Verkin, UT - Birding
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#10. Lytle Ranch Preserve (Beaver Dam Wash)


Birding at the Lytle Ranch Preserve is legendary in Utah birding circles. The Lytle Ranch encompasses a section of Beaver Dam Wash, and the two names are used interchangeably to designate the same bir…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Ivins, UT - Birding
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#11. Antelope Island Causeway and State Park


The 7.2-mile-long causeway to Antelope Island provides one of the state’s more unique birding opportunities, including a view in cross section of life on the open lake and acres of waterfowl bobbing o…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Layton, UT - Birding
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#12. Rockport State Park


Bordering Rockport Reservoir on the Weber River, Rockport State Park encompasses a sliver of an extensive pinyon-juniper forest. A slender riparian corridor, primarily along the Weber River, adds a li…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Kamas, UT - Birding
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#13. City Cemetery


The cemetery is an island of manicured greenspace isolated in a sea of stately old houses. The predominant tree in this landscape of exotic imports is the conifer, but a few deciduous species such as…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Salt Lake City, UT - Birding
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#14. Gunlock Reservoir


There are at least three distinct types of habitat at this site offering two types of birding experiences. First, the reservoir, while lacking any marshes or riparian habitat, does attract migrating w…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Santa Clara, UT - Birding
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#15. Mount Timapanogos Trail


Frequent avalanches maintain the habitats in this canyon, a complex of montane forests at various successional stages. Along this short 1.5-mile-long trail you’ll encounter aspens, mountain maples, Ga…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Orem, UT - Birding
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#16. South Willow Canyon


This route offers a cross section of habitats and bird communities, from desert shrubs to a high montane forest. Begin scanning the roadside after turning onto the South Willow Canyon access road. S…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Grantsville, UT - Birding
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#17. Kanab Creek


South of the town of Kanab, Kanab Creek carves a deep and narrow gully, perhaps 75 feet deep and varying in width up to 100 yards or so. The bottom of this gully supports a well-developed riparian zon…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Kanab, UT - Birding
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#18. Bryce Canyon National Park


Much of Bryce Canyon National Park is a conifer-dominated monoculture, and bird diversity is not one of its selling points. Nonetheless, an attentive birder can see some very interesting species, part…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Tropic, UT - Birding
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#19. The Spruces Campground


The Spruces Campground offers great birding in an easily accessed montane forest. After leaving UT 190 and passing the entrance station, you have a choice of two major loops in the campground. Each of…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Midvale, UT - Birding
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#20. Layton Marsh Wetlands Preserve


Like many areas set aside to protect habitat on the Great Salt Lake, the focus of this preserve is wildlife rather than people. Unlike other nearby areas managed by the Division of Wildlife Resources,…
From the guidebook "Birding Utah"
Layton, UT - Birding
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