“Bighorn sheep move into the canyon in late fall, spending part of their time grazing up above in the open McMinn Bench and the rest along the steep walls of the canyon. They stay there until early spring, some of the ewes not leaving until after lambing time. So close to the road, so easily approached, these sheep seem almost unreal, and even disappointing. More than any other North American grazer except the mountain goat, bighorns have a reputation for living in places only they can go. Having a band of bighorns walk in front of your car is great, but it also seems too easy. I want to object that sheep, like bears, should be earned. The canyon– indeed, the whole end of the park in winter– attracts wildlife photographers in greater numbers than sheep…” –Paul Schullery

*Sheep picture taken from a car window!