Desert Bighorn Sheep in Colorado Natl Monument

Yesterday, we hiked from the Rim Rock Road down through Monument Canyon and back up.  About a mile down the trail, we turned a corner and this big guy was checking us out:

It turns out he wasn’t alone:

There were about a dozen, including a couple of babies:

The Desert Bighorn Sheep had been close to extinction.  They were reintroduced into the Colorado National Monument in 1979 and while there are more than 200 in the surrounding areas, about 40 supposedly frequent the park.

It was well worth this 11 mile hike (including a mile climb in the rain) to get to see the Sheep.  We probably hung around for a half hour just watching them watching us.

Miles Hiked Today:  11
Total Miles Hiked this Trip:  41

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