Two children looking at a herd of elk from the bed of a carriage in a snowy landscape with mountains in the background

From birding to viewing speedy pronghorn, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors. From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds.

Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of habitats. The open-water wetlands, upland brush and grasslands, and alkali flats provide excellent opportunities to view and photograph waterfowl, other water birds, pronghorn, white-tailed prairie dogs, coyotes and many other species of wildlife. See the maps and resources section above for a more detailed description of the habitat types and animals that might be found in them.