See Utah Mountain Goats, April 21

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Fun activities for kids also part of the event

Sandy — Colorful flowers and warmer weather aren't the only signs spring is here: So are mountain goats at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon!

A nanny goat and her kids

This nanny goat and her kids are among the mountain goats viewers have seen in the past.

Photo by Scott Root

You can see and learn more about the goats at a free wildlife-viewing event. The event will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012.

Free activities for your children are also part of the event.

Bob Walters, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says April is one of the best months to see the goats. "This event will be a great opportunity to get out and watch their sure-footed antics," he says.

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

The April 21 event will be held at the Park-and-Ride lot at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake County. DWR biologists will be at the lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To reach the canyon, travel east out of Sandy on 9400 South.

"You'll be able to get a front-row look at these agile rock climbers using spotting scopes and binoculars we'll have on hand," Walters says. "You can also pick up a poster and a card that will teach you more about mountain goats."

Your children can also participate in activities from 9 a.m. to noon. "Your kids can use ink stamps and paper we'll provide to stamp their own goat tracks," Walters says. "Mountain goat horns and fur will also be available for you and your kids to pick up and handle."

For more information, call Walters at 801-209-5326.

Viewing goats on your own

If you'd like to see the goats before April 21, swing by the parking lot any time during the day. Fixed-point telescopes are available at the lot. The telescopes allow you to zoom in on the goats for a close look. And an interpretive panel at the parking lot will teach you more about the goats.

Walters says goats are usually visible at the mouth of the canyon from November through mid April.