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Montana Grizzly Encounter

80 Bozeman Hill Road, Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 586-8893
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Ranked #8 of 19 Attractions in Bozeman
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We're so glad we stopped. After being disappointed at not seeing any bears in Yellowstone, we stopped here on our way up to Whitefish. We got to see Maggie and Jake while there. Jake is huge!! Love how they know their names and respond to the caretakers. It was very educational and you can tell how passionate they are about... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This is a great attraction, I guess particularly for non-Americans, in terms of getting close to grizzly bears. We arrived at the right time to see two grizzlies in the enclosure, and then another two being introduced, including the giant Brutus. We also saw them being fed. Great fun for all the family and lots of great pictures taken. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Much smaller than expected. They have only 2 bears at a time. Very informative and they are doing a great job considering how expensive is to run this facility

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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138 reviews 138 reviews
14 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My husband had wanted to visit for quite sometime so we stopped on our way back to Yellowstone. It was a great experience with caring volunteers who are very knowledgeable. I learned a lot and my husband was in his element-- he lives bears! Would definitely recommend. This places exists on donations and can always use the money to continue... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It was wonderful. The owners are obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about their bears. The animals are rescues and would not survive in the wild. I would highly advise any travelers in the area to go and get educated before doing any hiking or camping. Very nice all around!!

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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It's nothing fancy but I read the reviews before we went, so I knew what to expect. When we got there 2 bears were laying in the shade sleeping. They were not active and being in the shade made it impossible to get any pictures. Of course I realize that what the animals do or don't do is totally up... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

It was great for the kids to see Brutus who they have watched on TV. The workers have a lot of knowledge and are very willing to share.

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Bethlehem, Connecticut
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This sanctuary for rescued Grizzly Bears is superb ... but the best part was the " instructor" Bill who gave us a complete naturalists overview of Grizzly behavior and the ways to stay safe hiking in Grizzly country . He is a wonderful teacher and answered all of our questions --- even showing us how to properly use our bear... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I truly enjoyed my time spent here.....everyone was very knowledgeable- biologically/ethologically/ecologically/etc..., and the bears are unbelievably beautiful- and treated with true respect and care ....I wish I had more time to spend there, but sadly, was just stopping over for a brief period during a 10hr driving day....I will definitely return in the future to spend more time with this... More

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Bellevue, WA
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We saw Maggie and Jake when we visited in the morning. Brutus was going to come out later, but we couldn't stay. Really enjoyed all the information we received as the owner/operator was there to answer all sorts of questions and tell us about these bears and grizzlies in the wild. We were there for 1-1/2 hours watching, reading information... More

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