Bighorn Sheep in Palm Canyon (Anza Borrego Desert State Park)

Bighorn sheep are the unicorns of the desert (except they have two horns). Many people live in the desert their entire lives and never have the opportunity to experience a wilderness sighting. I consider myself lucky having encounters in Death Valley, Valley of Fire, Joshua Tree, the Panamint Mountains, and a couple of various other locations. Most of my sighting have been short, with the sheep escaping quickly over a rocky canyon wall.

During a recent hike in Anza Borrego’s, Palm Canyon, I was fortunate to come across a herd that was willing to “hang around,” allowing the opportunity to photograph them extensively. I counted a total of four sheep to the herd; it is possible that there were more nearby, but hidden in brush.


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About the author

Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.