Plants and Wildlife

Badger and Candy Mountains feature a wide variety of wildlife, including the plants below. We are working on improving this section of our website. If you believe you have information or photos you can contribute, please contact our webmaster at

Flora & Fauna on Trails

Canyon Trail

The entire route is open dryland grasses and a few shrubs. In the spring, there are numerous wild flowers including balsam root, phlox, and wild mustard.

Sagebrush Trail

The trail starts out in open grasses before entering thick old sagebrush. Spring flowers include balsamroot and phlox.

Langdon Trail

Kestrels, nightjars, magpies, maybe a chukkar or quail, horned lark. Beetles, bull snakes, ground squirrel, coyote. Piper’s Daisy, Balsam Root, Giant and Purple Sage, Rabbit Brush, Yellow Bells (fritillaria), biscuitroot (lomatia), penstemon, lupine, buckwheats, phlox, winterfat and numerous others.

Skyline Trail

The trail travels through sagebrush at both ends transitioning to dryland native grasses in the middle. There are numerous balsamroot and some purple sagebrush in the spring.

Badger Flats Trail

The trail passes through native dryland grasses and sagebrush.

Candy Mountain Trails

The wildlife and plants on Candy Mountain are very similar to those found Badger Mountain. Birds you might see include kestrels, nightjars, magpies, chukkars, quail, and horned larks. Other animals are bull snakes, ground squirrels, coyote, lizards, and beetles. Plants include Piper’s Daisy, Balsam Root, Giant and Purple Sage, Rabbit Brush, Winterfat, Yellow Bells (fritillaria), Biscuitroot (lomatia), penstemon, lupine, buckwheats, phlox, and numerous others.

Flowers on Badger and Candy Mountains

Bigseed Biscuitroot

Bigseed biscuitroot, large fuited lomatium (Lomatium macrocarpum), blooms in spring

Fiddleneck tarweed

Fiddleneck tarweed (Amsinckia lycopsoides), blooms April-May

Nineleaf biscuitroot

Nineleaf biscuitroot (Lomatium triternatum), blooms early spring

purple cushion fleabane

Hairy seed fleabane, purple cushion fleabane (Erigeron poliospermus), blooms April-May

Sagebrush mariposa lily

Sagebrush mariposa lily (Calochortus macrocarpus), blooms late May-June

Slender hawksbeard

Slender hawksbeard (Crepis atrabarba), blooms in May

Trumpet bluebells

Trumpet bluebells, small bluebells, long bluebells (Mertensia longiflora), blooms in early spring


Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), blooms June-August

Carey's balsamroot

Carey’s balsomroot (Balsamorphiza careyana), blooms in late spring

Linear leaf daisy

Linear leaf daisy (Erigeron linearis), blooms April-May

Poper's daisy

Piper’s daisy (Erigeron piperianus), blooms April-May

Robinson's onion

Robinson’s onion (Allium robinsonii), blooms April-May

Shaggy fleabane

Shaggy daisy, shaggy fleabane (Erigeron pumilus), blooms April-May

Sprawling rattle-weed

Columbia milkvetch, sprawling rattle-weed, crouching locoweed (Astargalus succumbens), blooms late spring

Upland larkspur

Upland larkspur, twoloved larkspur (Delphinium nuttallii), blooms mid-spring


Yellowbells (Fritillaria pudica), blooms early spring

Douglas' brodiaea

Douglas’ brodiaea (Brodiaea douglasii)

Long-leaf phlox

Long-leaf phlox (Phlox longifolia), blooms early spring

Prairie star

Prairie star (Lithophragma glabrum), blooms early spring

Rosy balsamroot

Rosy balsamroot (Balsamorphiza rosea), blooms mid-spring

Silky lupine

Silky lupine (Lupinus sericeus), blooms spring

Threadleaf phacelia

Threadleaf phacelia (Phacelia linearis), blooms April-May

Pursh’s milk-vetch, woolypod milkvetch (Astragalus purshii), blooms early spring

The plant photos are credited to Max Conner and Keith Abel