Mule Deer can be found throughout the park and are especially active during early mornings and late evenings. They like to graze on grasses and browse shrubs, but can also be seen scavenging for food near human-made structures. The best way to view mule deer is to sit quietly in an area where they are known to frequent, such as at the park’s nature center. Keep in mind that mule deer are skittish and may run away if they sense humans too close, so be sure to keep your distance.
The gray fox is a small, omnivorous mammal that can be found in the park. These animals are nocturnal and usually hide during the day. If you’re lucky enough to spot one, they move quickly through their environment and often make high-pitched vocalizations. The gray fox is best observed at night or early morning when they are most active. They are also unique in that they have the ability to climb trees, enabling them to access food at difficult-to-reach heights. This species is most commonly seen near wooded areas and creeks but can also be spotted in open meadows on occasion.
Raccoons can often be seen scavenging for food near the park’s picnic area and campgrounds. If you are lucky, you may even spot one of these nocturnal creatures out during the daytime. Raccoons are omnivores which means they will eat insects, berries, small rodents and other plant matter. If you visit the park at night, you may even be able to hear their distinctive call. To catch a glimpse of this masked mammal, try placing some food near your campsite or around the picnic area and wait for them to come out. Remember to keep your distance though, as these animals can be aggressive if they feel threatened.