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
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!
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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!
Click Link Below!
You can find Bearizona at:
1500 E. RT. 66, Williams, AZ 86406