Desert Bighorn Sheep Festival

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On Nov. 16 and 17, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will celebrate the desert bighorn sheep in Utah with a free weekend event in Moab.

The timing of the event coincides with the peak of the bighorn sheep rutting season. This is an exciting time when bighorn rams battle for breeding rights.

The Moab Bighorn Sheep Festival begins the evening of Nov. 16, when festival participants meet at the Moab Information Center (on the corner of Center and Main in Moab) to listen to Bill Bates, UDWR Southeastern Region wildlife manager. Bates studied the Moab area bighorns for his Master's thesis, and has worked in a variety of wildlife management positions since then. Bates will use slides and videos to accompany a lecture he will give at 7 p.m., and again at 8 p.m.

On Nov. 17, participants will meet again at the Moab Information Center at 8 a.m., where they will be split into smaller groups. With the aid of a biologist guide, each group will travel in a variety of directions, searching for wild bighorns. These guided tours will conclude in early to mid-afternoon.

The Moab Bighorn Sheep Festival is free of charge and open to everyone. No pre-registration is required. Participants will want to bring a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope, and snacks and water. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. The UDWR will provide several Ford Expeditions for those needing a ride.


hunter25's picture

I'm interested here as I have

I'm interested here as I have never heard of this festival and since I live just a fwe hours from Moab I would be interested in checking this one out. We have festivals for a lot of other stuff out here like potatoes, strawberries, and our famous Colorado corn but I have never taken the time for these as they hold no real interest for me. This one on the other hand could be very interesting and fun depending on what was offered. And of course Moab itself has a lot to offer so it's not like you would have nothing else to do while you are there. But then I have a friend over there to help get things going. I'm going to call him in this one and find out if it's something they still do.