Lytle Preserve is situated astride the Beaver Dam Wash approximately eight miles north of the Arizona border and two miles east of the Nevada border in the Utah portion of the Mojave Desert. Cottonwood dominated vegetation represents an important migration corridor through the riparian habitat and some neotropical migrants nest here as well. The preserve is owned and operated by Brigham Young University as a research and educational facility. It is one of the most unique habitats in the state in terms of mohavian species found here.

Directions to site: Drive west from St. George on old Highway 91 through Santa Clara and the Shiviwits Reservation to Castle Cliff. Then west on a dirt road and follow signs for eleven miles to Lytle Ranch Preserve.

Is this site accessible to the public? Yes_X

Visitors need to check in at preserve with caretaker. Group size is restricted and that limitation can be obtained from Monte L. Bean Museum of Natural History at Brigham Young University (801) 422-5052. Permission must be acquired from museum for overnight camping.

Many schools (high schools, junior colleges and universities) utilize this site for field trips to learn about the unique flora and fauna found here.

Nesting and migration populations mainly. Some groups of birds (i.e. Phainopelpa) winter here.

Evidence of early American culture has been found.
Flora include: Catclaw acacia found only here. Large Fremont cottonwoods, Pomegrantes and figs are on the Preserve. Joshua Tree, Cholla and creosote bushes.
Important non-avian fauna include: Desert Tortoise, Sidewinder, Mohave Rattlesnake, Zebra-tail Lizard (Reptiles) and Virgin River Spinedace (fish).

The Nature Conservancy of Utah
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Utah County Birders

Red Cliffs Audubon Society

Ornithological Summary

Over 200 bird species have been recorded on the preserve. The Birds of Lytle Ranch Preserve Field Checklist was compiled by Merrill Webb, February 2004 (

The area qualified as an IBA based upon survey data showing up to 100 Gambel's Quail, 15 pair of Lucy's Warbler and six pair of Bell's Vireo, which are all Utah Partner's in Flight priority Species. Also, Lytle Preserve is a corridor for neo-tropical migrants including flycatchers, warblers and Flammulated Owl. Other birds nesting here include: Cooper?s Hawk, Costa?s Hummingbird, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, White-winged Dove, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Common Black Hawk, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Vermillion Flycatcher and Phainopepla.

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