Bearizona

Bearizona Sign

 

If you want to get up close and personal with bears, wolves, and bison, you should check out Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Adventure Park! In Williams, Arizona, just a half hour west of Flagstaff, and an hour south of the Grand Canyon, Bearizona is a fun stop for all.Boy Looking at Bears

Bearizona consists of a two mile drive-thru wildlife park and “Fort Bearizona.”   At the entrance station you will be given a GPS tour guide that gives you information about the animals as you drive through.  You can stop and take pictures or watch the animals for as long as you like.  They told us it would take an hour to drive through, but it only took about 30 minutes.  And, that includes an extra long stop in the bear pens. We were fortunate enough to get there right at feeding time, so it was a lot of fun for the kids to see so much bear activity up close!Ram

 We spent around an hour at the end stop, in Fort Bearizona. Fort Bearizona consists of walking paths in a wooded area that pass by the enclosures with baby animals and smaller animals. There is also a snack area, bathrooms, a gift shop, and a petting zoo. We especially liked the observation area to the back of the juvenile bear area. You can walk through a cave and observe the inside of their cave through 2-way glass.

WolfThe first time we visited Bearizona was about four months after they opened. They were in the process of adding enclosures and only had 3 baby bear cubs. Now, several years later, they have expanded significantly! And, they don’t look like they are going to stop growing anytime in the near future. They have several exhibits planned, new animals to arrive, and several buildings that are in the process of being built. They also have a Raptor bird show now! It’s really great to see a business expanding. They are even going to build a hotel on site eventually.Host

Prices were around $20 per adult. You do not pay per car-load, which I think would be awesome.    (You get a 10% off coupon on your receipt for the Grand Canyon Railway.)  If you come on a bicycle or motorcycle, they have loaner cars to drive through the park. They are open year-round.  I would recommend calling them to check prices and times. Both changed significantly since the last time we were there, so it could change again.

Bear cub The drive through portion is handicap accessible because you stay in your own vehicle.  Fort Bearizona is accessible as well, since they have paved paths. The only areas I had trouble with my wheel chair (at the time we visited, I had a broken foot), was in the petting zoo area and the rocky parking lot.Buffalo

Bearizona is an excellent stop when you are in Northern Arizona.  We all enjoyed it and would go again. I think we will make it a point to head back in a year or two…especially since they said they will be getting grizzly bears in the near future! Too cool!

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Bearizona Entrance Sign

You can find Bearizona at:

1500 E. RT. 66, Williams, AZ 86406

928-635-2289