Where Do Coyotes Sleep? Sleeping Habits Of Coyotes

Sleep is a basic necessity for both humans and animals. Just like humans, animals too sleep. The main difference is where they sleep. One of the questions most people have kept asking themselves is where do coyotes sleep? We have seen coyotes wonder in our homes during the night but disappear during the day. They are nocturnal, meaning they are active during the night but sleep during the day. This article will enlighten you on the various places where coyotes sleep.

What are coyotes?

Coyotes are wild dogs that resemble wolfs. They are native to North America. Coyotes are omnivorous; they will feed on anything, both plants and animals. Among the things that are top on the list for coyotes’ diet are deer, invertebrates, birds, rodents, fish, and rabbits, among other foods. Occasionally, coyotes may feed on vegetables and fruits. When in motion, coyotes’ tails are always facing down, unlike wolfs.

Sleeping places for coyotes

Coyotes often prefer sleeping in open areas for security reasons. They are very sensitive to the environment, and they always keep changing their sleeping position. Here are the top places you will find coyotes sleep.


Every living thing has a home, including coyotes. Dens are the most common places you will find a coyote sleeping.  Coyotes sleep in their shelters mostly during the pupping season, when new pups are being born. However, coyotes do not build their dens by themselves. They wait for other animals to abandon their burrows, and they move in. Occasionally, they may make a den by digging a hole on the ground. The hole is known as a burrow. For safety purposes, coyotes like dens that are well covered. This way, they can protect their young ones from predators. They also move from den to den for safety reasons.

Above the ground

In cases where the coyote has no primary den, it will sleep in any place that is above the ground. The area may be open or covered. This place gives it a clear view of everything that is taking place and can easily sense a predator approaching. However, the surrounding environment must be conducive, with no movements. Coyotes prefer places where no one can see them while sleeping. The location must be safe and far from the madding crowd.  It will be tough for someone to notice a coyote sleeping in an open area. In open places or ground, coyotes often mark their territory using their urine. Coyote’s urine has an overpowering smell that may keep off wolves trying to inhabit the area.

Parking slots

Coyotes are becoming more urbanized and less selective of sleeping places. Do not be surprised to find a coyote sleeping in your parking slot. The area has minimal noise and less movement hence suitable for a coyote to sleep. Besides, if you have many vehicles in your parking slot, coyotes may find the right sleeping place under those cars. Before you start the engine of your car in your parking slot, check around to see if there is any sleeping coyote.

Behind buildings

There are some places behind your building where you rarely take a walk. Such sites are quiet and, at times, bushy. Coyotes may find shelter behind buildings, especially those that have no occupants. Besides, coyotes living in urban areas have adapted to the way of life and have become less selective.  They will sleep anywhere in the city as long as it is safe.


A forest is a place you will find different types of animals, including the coyotes. The trees and other plants provide shelter for coyotes. This gives them a peaceful environment to sleep during the day while avoiding contact with humans, one of the biggest enemies of coyotes. However, while in the forest, the coyote is always on the lookout even while sleeping. As we all know, there are many predators in the woods. The coyote has to keep itself safe.

Tree stump

A tree stump is an ideal place to find a coyote sleeping. After a tree has been cut, the small portion that remains above the ground is what is referred to us the tree stump. The stump is slightly above the ground; hence the coyote will feel secure on it. Besides, the trunk is flat, thus gives the coyote some comfort while sleeping.


Most coyotes will prefer to sleep in caves. A cave is a void in the ground and appears naturally. They are often formed as a result of the weathering of rocks. They are a safe sleeping place for coyotes.  The environment in a cave is low; hence the coyote can easily hear any movement or sounds from a predator.

Rocky areas

Rocky areas are known to have minimal interference, which makes it the best place for a coyote to sleep. Rocks occur naturally. Also, the coyote may choose to climb on a stone that is slightly above the ground. This prevents other animals from accessing the coyotes sleeping place.


Most coyotes will be found sleeping in the desert. The desert conditions are very hostile for any animal’s survival; hence you are likely to find very few of them. However, the desert is vast, and there is a need to find specific locations that are safe and secure. The coyote hence will go for a place like the desert scrub. While in the desert, coyotes use their smell to find food.


Probably you have come across structures alongside roads that allow water to pass under the road through them from one side to the other. Those structures are called conduits. They are made from concrete or pipes. A coyote is more likely to sleep in a culvert. It is a safe and secure place where no one can quickly notice the coyote sleeping in it. However, the coyote can only sleep in a conduit when it is dry. Also, troughs are inaccessible for humans and other animals that may cause a threat to the coyote. In a nutshell, coyotes will sleep anywhere provided the place is safe and secure.