The diversity of ecosystems in the Guadalupe Mountains allow for such an incredible variety of wildlife. Many of the animals that live here are nocturnal, to beat the unrelenting heat during the day. However, many other species have found an oasis where water is prevalent, such as the Smith Springs, the Manzanita Spring, and within McKittrick Canyon. Look for tracks, nests, dens, disturbances, and scat. Some of these creatures are somewhat elusive. The Headquarters Visitor Center provides checklists for mammals, birds, and reptiles of the area. The Winter months offer an excellent time to see elk, as well as other resident fauna. It is always a great idea to approach a hike of this nature with a set of binoculars, your camera, and a naturalist's guide. Armed with these tools, you are well poised to spot, identify, and record your incredible findings on your journey in search of wildlife in the region.