Bear Country USA

Bear Country USA, Rapid City: Hours, Address, Bear Country USA Reviews: 4.5/5

Bear Country USA
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile drive through this unique North American Wildlife park in the the Black Hills of South Dakota. 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. Our daily closing time is only when the front gate closes, the rest of the park remains open until your visit is complete.
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mountiamsandcanyons
Elgin Illinois842 contributions
We went to this drive through attraction in early september 2021. our group of 4 adults loved this place. we saw just about every wild animal they had. bears, wolves, rain deer,buffalo, elk, and more. what a treat to see them so close in a some what open area.

we chose to come here early in the morning around 8.30 am , for our best chance to see all the wild life. I think this was a good idea because we saw so much here. the drive itself is not more than a 5 mile winding stretch of road that takes you through one wild life habitat to the next. you can drive at your own pace but i dont think you can go back to re-visit anything.

It was very comfortable both weather wise and had light attendance at least until we finished the drive. I can see how this place would get long lines and traffic jams during peak touring times. so come with a lot of patience.

The highlight for most including us is the walk around baby animal habitat. they have around 20 baby or juvenile animals on display in there own area much like you would see in a zoo. and when i say 20 i mean 20 different types of animals. For those of you who like to photograph, if they are not feeding the animals yet try to get your pictures beforehand. in most setting they do try to place them in areas that look as if they were in the wild. when they feed them they come to areas in there surrounding that take away from the natural look you can get otherwise.

the gift shop here is extensive and has alot of specialty souvenirs you cant find anywhere else so if you find something you like i would get it here. there are rest rooms in this area if you need them.

I felt the $65.00 we spent to see this attraction was well worth it for the 4 of us to see it. The animals looked well taken care of and the grounds were well maintained . I would recommend this place to anyone who loves animals or wants to see them up close.
Written September 27, 2021
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ELKW
United States11,537 contributions
there is a drive through road, you can drive your car to view the animals, see the elk,deer, wolf, bear, mountain lion, etc. But some animals would hide in a shadow or inside a hollow log/tunnel, make it difficult to spot and take picture of them. The bear will cross the road, so they can be very close to your car, make sure you close the window when you drive through this part. After the drive through, there is a zoo that you can walk, you can see little bears here, and some other smaller size animals, The little bear is the main attraction, they are active, they run and move a lot, some go to climb trees, some swimming, some fighting, you won't feel bored when you see them, and I took lots of pictures, even video for them, I think the little bear is one of the highlight in this visit. By the way,, the admission fee is not cheap, my younger son is free, but for 2 adults and one kid, it's almost $50, and you may spend 2-3 hours there. There is also a gift shop you can take a look.
Written April 27, 2021
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RK Stone
Colorado Springs, CO6 contributions
This was amazing. It costs around $70 for my family of 5, but we felt it was worth it. Driving through, we were able to see every animal posted up close. The bears were walking around near the cars, playing in the water, and playing. The cubs climbing trees and just playing with each other was priceless! The timber wolf pups were adorable, too. This was a great trip! Thank you!
Written June 20, 2022
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Tristan R
Idaho Falls, ID845 contributions
Went with a small family in a small car. Able to see all of the animals advertised. The park is very well constructed so you can see the animals wherever they are at in their designated areas.
The highlight of the tour is the bears featured near the end of the park. We were able to see most of them together as they were feeding them. They throw out fruits and vegetables that the bears have no issue eating right infront of the cars in a nice flat photogenic area.
Was able to get awesome photos and video of pretty much every animal.
At the end of the driving tour there is a large parking lot and you are able to get out and see some smaller animals in a zoo like setting. There is an opportunity to play with some bear cubs for an additional fee but we did not visit the park during the allotted time. There is a giant gift shop for any trinket you could imagine to get for keepsakes.
Overall great experience. We have visited similar establishments and paid 2x the cost without seeing anything worth while. This is definitely worth it if you have the time. It is right on Hwy 16 that you pass by going to and from Mount Rushmore from Rapid City.
Written September 22, 2021
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jeichmann21
Geneva, IL1,285 contributions
I would highly recommend NOT visiting this park. Our car and another families car was rammed into by one of the angry rams. We were on the path, windows up and the towers on the property were empty. The line of cars was miles long and I imagine the poor ram was tired of it. I don't know, but he backed up and bashed his head into our car. When I approached management about the issue, they said there was nothing they could do. But the towers were unmanned and way too many people were let in. I understand if this happened out in the wild but this is essentially a zoo and the management does not do the right thing when an unfortunate incident occurs. The damage was $666 and they refused to pay for it.
Written July 27, 2022
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turtlegirlkita
Woods Cross, UT296 contributions
So much fun! I wish they would let you just drive around and around and around! You could do it all day! Seeing all of the animals so close was just amazing! They all seem happy and they have so much more room to explore than at a zoo where you normally see them. The bear with the stick (I have an entire saga of pictures) was one of my favorite parts of my entire 8 day trip to South Dakota! He is just plain adorable! You could watch the bear cubs for HOURS! I was devastated to hear about Tank. I am so sad I never got to visit him. He brought joy to so many!
Written August 6, 2022
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Michelle
Chicago, IL64 contributions
Family
We saw the animals that were promised which was fun, but it was almost $50 for 2 adults and a child, which I think was high for the experience. It was great seeing g the bears, but they have a lot of them. I feel they have too many and they continue to allow them to breed. They wouldn't need to charge so much if they controlled the population a. It more. I recommend people go see it but know that it is on the expensive side especially if you have a larger family because they charge per person.
Written July 8, 2021
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Kim L
Santa Monica, CA51 contributions
This is a fun outing whether you have kids or not. I recommend going as early as possible, it opens at 8 am we went at 8:15, to see them while they're active especially on warm days. There's elk, deer, bison, a couple of beautiful cougars, mountain sheep, & many, many bears. Bring your camera & clean your windows before you go because you have to keep them closed during the drive through the exhibit areas. There's also a small walk around zoo area after you drive through. Fantastic!
Written July 30, 2020
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PrincessInArmor
Plainwell, MI278 contributions
Family
This drive thru zoo provides lots of interactions through the closed windows of your car. Plenty of bears, bison, wolves, big horn sheep, etc to see wandering around and right up to your car. Make sure to get a car wash before you go so you can take plenty of pictures and videos through the window! Walk around zoo at the end with smaller animals was fun, too. Pleasant gift shop.
Written July 9, 2022
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Carol A
Amarillo, TX207 contributions
This place made me so sad. We were with teens and pre-teens and this sounded wonderful to them. It is very expensive - $65 a car; there is no limit on the number of cars they admit. The animals are breathing exhaust fumes from bumper to bumper vehicles through the entire day. The animals mostly looked okay and had water and food although I think there are way too many bears for the space they live in. There is a ton of fencing so I guess they move them around. Some of the younger animals and some pitiful coyotes are on the walking tour. Of course the bear cubs are adorable. It's like a drive through zoo where animals walk around instead of people walking around. Surely this can be done better if you need to see penned up animals. Look into the scenic driving tour in Custer State Park instead - absolutely wonderful!
Written August 1, 2020
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