BEAVER — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is hosting a free event where participants can see as many as 100 mountain goats Saturday, Aug. 3.
At some past viewing events on the Tushar Mountains, goats have gotten as close as 35 feet to those viewing them, said Lynn Chamberlain, DWR conservation outreach manager.
The trip will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the convenience store at the bottom of Exit 109 off Interstate 15, which is the southern exit to Beaver. From there, participants will caravan to the top of the Tushar Mountains. At the top, participants will be close to 11,500 feet above sea level.
Because of construction work on State Route 153, it will take about two hours to reach the viewing site from Beaver.
“You can see all of southern Utah,” Chamberlain said. “We can almost always find the goats.”
If binoculars or spotting scopes are needed, Chamberlain will have some for participants to borrow.
Chamberlain also encourages people who want to view the goats to bring water, a hat, a jacket and a sack lunch. It’s also a good idea to travel in a vehicle that has high ground clearance.
“The road can be rocky towards the top,” Chamberlain said.
In addition to seeing the mountain goats, people can explore the alpine-tundra ecosystem in which the goats live. Found only above the timberline at high elevations, it’s an ecosystem that’s uncommon in southern Utah.
Chamberlain said unique animals live in this alpine-tundra terrain, including yellow-bellied marmots and pika.
“These high-elevation areas get extremely cold in the winter,” Chamberlain said. “To survive, the animals have adapted some pretty interesting behaviors.”
For more information about the goat watching event, call the DWR’s Southern Region office at (435) 865-6100.