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Bear Country USA

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Address: 13820 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone Number: +1 605-343-2290
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile drive through this unique North American Wildlife...

Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile drive through this unique North American Wildlife park nestled on 250 acres of Black Hills Beauty. From the comfort of your vehicle view black bears, wolves, elk, buffalo and other wildlife! After your drive-through tour, walk around wildlife loop where young and smaller animals frolic in the outdoors. Don't miss the Baby Bears! Dine at the Cub Grub Snack Shack or shop in the Bear's Den Gift Shop. Open May through November, weather permitting. -- Closed for the 2015 season, reopen Mid-Late April 2016--

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We hesitated coming here due to the prices, but we decided to go for it as this is a one-time trip. Glad we did, the price was worth it. The drive is only about an hour, but you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hesitated coming here due to the prices, but we decided to go for it as this is a one-time trip. Glad we did, the price was worth it. The drive is only about an hour, but you get to see a lot of animals, not just bears. At the end of the drive, you can get out and walk... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am no bear expert and from what I gather, most or all of the bears are born in captivity. However this did not make it any less disturbing to watch overpopulated bears pace back and forth in front of the gates until the handlers drove them away on Quads. Very unnatural experience, overpriced gift shop and a bit of... More 

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Gillette, Wyoming
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25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started taking our children there and now are taking our grandchildren. The kids love seeing all the babies each year. It is fun for all ages.

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1 Thank Lynn60471
Orland Park, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many of the reviews point to how crowded Bear Country is in the summer. I visited in early November and had the place practically to myself. After entering the park, I drove quickly through the loop as I was most interested in the Babyland exhibits at the end of the road. I was permitted to take pictures and to use... More 

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Cynthiana, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Out of our many attractions Bear Country was our top favorite. I could have watched the baby cubs play all day in the special pen they had. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly.

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1 Thank Jennie O
Cypress, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We all just loved watching all the bears roaming around, playing and climbing on everything. They certainly weren't afraid of us. Took tons of pictures.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Driving through Bear Country was a great experience for me and my family. There were so many bears. We even got close to some as the crossed the road in front of us. We seen different kinds of animals. If you are in Rapid City this is a must see. The little bears were fun to watch also

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1 Thank sinz35
Downers Grove, Illinois
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Great, unique visit. It was wonderful to drive through the location, while seeing a number of animals up close. We were able to see some young Cubs busy at play. Wonderful time!

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1 Thank HLaw97
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

We loved this place! Beautiful drive through area where you can take up close pictures of black bears, elk, wolves, big horn sheep, etc. our favorite part was watching the bear cubs play! That was awesome!!

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Jasper, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Driving through Bear Country was a great experience. There were many bears and also other animals. I had no idea what to expect, but upon arrival, I knew that this attraction was well worth the drive and money. Bear Country is a great way to be up close with wild animals!

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