Valley of Fire Desert Bighorn Sheep – Las Vegas Tourist Attraction

It’s not very uncommon to see the Valley of Fire Desert Bighorn Sheep, but still you need a little luck – and we had it Yay!!! 🙂Valley of Fire Desert Bighorn Sheep

These animals are similar to their relatives that don’t live in the desert, with the difference being that they can resist without water for a long period of time. The Bighorn sheep is the state animal of Nevada.

Valley of Fire Desert Bighorn Sheep

While driving through the valley we suddenly noticed a traffic jam. From previous experiences visiting national parks we assumed that there must have been some wildlife ahead… Indeed, a hoard of sheep were crossing the main road. There was a big line of cars that were stopped and all the tourists were out trying to photograph the animals. We did the same 🙂

Desert bighorn sheep crossing the road in the Valley of Fire

I thought they were already accustomed to people, since there are thousand of tourists visiting this place every day of the year – but the sheep definitely looked scared.Desert bighorn sheep crossing the road on the Valley of Fire
… and they were running fast too!
Sheep climbing the rocks in the Valley of FireIt’s incredible to see their ability to climb the steep rock walls, even in zones that do not offer too much grip…

Desert bighorn sheep running up the rocks in the Valley of Fire

Here they are, already up high on the rocky hill. It was difficult to see them between bushes of the same color – what a great adaptability to the environment!
Bighorn sheep high on the rocky hill in the Valley of FireYes, there were quite a few of them… but not all crossed the road.Bighorn sheep in the Valley of Fire

Some more timid were still on the other side, trying to hide behind the bushes.Bighorn sheep in the bushes of the Valley of Fire

Look at this cute one waiting for the aggressors to go away…Desert Bighorn Sheep hiding behind bushes in the Valley of Fire

I read that the Desert Bighorn Sheep are sociable and live together. – it’s interestig however to learn that Bighorn Sheep live in separate ram and ewe bands – they mix mainly in the mating season.Group of bighorn desert bighorn sheep in the Valley of Fire

Judging from the size, I believe that these were females.

I can say I was really lucky to see and be able to photograph the Valley of Fire Desert Bighorn Sheep – what beautiful animals!

Stay tuned for more about our trip to the Valley of Fire!

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