Desert Bighorn Sheep in the Valley of Fire, Nevada, trying to escape the tourist invasion…

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. The main difference is 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 photographing 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, trying to escape the opponents.

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 Fire

It’s incredible to see their ability to climb the steep, abrupt rock walls. They were doing this even in zones that do not offer too much grip! Surviving is definitely an everyday challenge for them…

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 Fire

Yes, 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 interesting 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 their size, I believe that these were females.

I can say that I was really lucky to see and be able to photograph the Valley of Fire Desert Bighorn Sheep! – I like to shoot animals in nature, but only with my camera 😉

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

Source: Vegas Great Attractions

BTW: I uploaded some of these photos to my Fine Art America galleries and they are available as art prints for wall, home decor or accessories – Click on them for more info:

Tourists Acrylic Print featuring the photograph Tourists Intrusion In Nature by Tatiana Travelways
Desert Bighorn Sheep Acrylic Print featuring the photograph Desert Bighorn Sheep At Valley Of Fire by Tatiana Travelways

Desert Bighorn Sheep Acrylic Print featuring the photograph Desert Bighorn Sheep At Valley Of Fire by Tatiana Travelways
Desert Bighorn Sheep Acrylic Print featuring the photograph Desert Bighorn Sheep by Tatiana Travelways


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6 Comments on “Desert Bighorn Sheep in the Valley of Fire – Nevada State Park”

  1. Wonderful photos. I’ve never seen bighorn sheep, so unusual and they don’t look anything like sheep I’ve ever seen! Thank you for sharing them.

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