Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
4.5
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
About
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 center 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. There are often days in the Fall where we have to closed due to the weather. Our daily closing time is only when the front gate closes, the rest of the park remains open until your visit is complete.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • AHinz
    Ankeny, Iowa36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to relax and see!
    This was a great break from all of our hiking. We made sure the kids went potty at the entrance,, made sure the windows were clean *they offered free window washing stations!* and everyone had a snacks. We didn't make our kids buckle in, since we were driving very slowly, and we DID see at least one animal at every enclosure, some we had to really look to find, but they were all out. The buildings at the end were also very nice, it was almost like a small well kept zoo! They even had a pack of Timberwolf pups!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Joyce S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome experience
    We had an absolutely wonderful time and was very impressed with how well the animals were taken care of and loved how the habitats were made to imitate in the wild. The only thing that was upsetting was how people in the cars behind us was trying to make us hurry. We never stopped or if we would have wanted to we would have pulled to the right like the signs said to. But the park workers and personal were awesome. LOVE BEAR COUNTRY!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Kristin S
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bear Cubs are the cutest things you’ll ever see!
    Bear country USA was the highlight of our trip to South Dakota! My 13-year-old son, and I absolutely loved going here and the bear cubs are the cutest things we’ve ever seen. I did absolutely recommend bear country to anyone visiting South Dakota. It was well worth the money and took much longer than I anticipated. I thought we’d be through there like the wind, but it was a really nice way to spend a couple hours. Really loved the exhibit at the end of the tour, too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • the_ken_marshall
    Rockford, Illinois119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wildlife without venturing into the wild
    This park is going to elicit strong feelings from many people. They have many species of animals including elk, rams, mountain goats, etc. but the main draw is bears. Each species is separated from each other. There are quite a number of bears housed together. I have no idea if that is normal in the wild. Since they also have cubs (we weren’t able to see that due to a bad hail storm as we were in the park) I’m assuming they grew up together. From a patron perspective the line of cars was pretty long so even though the trail is only 2 miles, it will take some time to get through.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Kim P
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    I can’t recommend this experience more! This was the most incredible place I’ve ever been! I’m NOT a zoo fan at all so I was hesitant but I’m glad I went. It was the best example of how to show people animals but have the animals be the focus. You can tell they love and care for all of them. The best part of this experience was there is no way you can’t see all of the animals. The way they have it set you’re sure to get as many pics as you please.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Mike H
    Plainfield, Illinois179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place to see
    This is a drive through zoo you get to drive right pass the animals. Saw huge elks, bears, wolves and big horn sheep. Even had to stop to and wait until a bear decided when he was ready to move from the road. After the drive able to walk around and see other animals including baby cubs.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Stephanie N
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must stop
    Such a fun place! Our kids are 9, 6 and 3 and they love it! We have made it point to stop on our way out West or on our way back home the last 3 years. Bears, mountain goats, wolves, Bison, Big horn sheep and so much more! We highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Kelly H.
    Madison, Wisconsin71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great activity for young kids!
    A bit pricey, but we really enjoyed our time here driving through to see the big animals from the safety of our car, and then walking around the zoo area afterwards. The baby bears are absolutely adorable, and my kids loved observing all the animals up close. Towards the end of the zoo area, there’s a nice outdoor snack bar with kid friendly treats like ice cream, soft pretzels, nachos, etc.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 17, 2023
  • alison p
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AWESOME close encounter with the animals!
    Bear Country was AWESOME! We saw so many different animals up close and personal. Several of them crossed right in front of our car. The kids LOVED it and it was so cool to be so close to God's beautiful creatures.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Okiebevy1955
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Experience in Rapid City!!
    Took our grandkids ages 5-16, they loved it!! Our first time but won’t be our last! Driving part was awesome!! Then the walking area was amazing!! Our favorite was the baby bears!! Their antics are so fun to watch!! Highly recommend Bear Country!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
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Carol A
Amarillo, TX204 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
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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BHartz
Cheyenne, WY44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We visited on a very busy Tuesday morning and were happy we did.
There were more animals than I thought there would be and all seemed to be happy in their environments. Most animals when we visited were walking around or lazily lounging in the morning sun. The place lives up to its name with lots of bears in a very large open enclosure. Most cars attempted to move over when taking pictures but there was still a considerable amount of traffic backed up. But why would you want to rush through the experience?
After the driving portion there is a walkthrough area that houses the bear cubs and the wolf pups! The bear cubs are a must see as they were so playful with each other.
Written July 9, 2020
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Tristan R
Idaho Falls, ID847 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
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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Cassbella
Bentonville, Arkansas, USA227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
I’ve been to several drive throughs but none that has bears this was a neat spot. Tip arrive early to 1) see more animals and 2) avoid the crowds. We got there at 8:30 and there was already a line of cars. We saw over 30 bears and they come right up to your car. We also saw Elk, Deer, reindeer, and wolves.
It’s on the way to Mt Rushmore from Rapid City so you could easily do this first then travel to Mt Rushmore 25 mins away. We were there about hour and half total. Opens at 8am
Written June 26, 2020
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Debby
West Haven, UT11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Bear Country was alot of fun. I was surprised how many Bears they actually had. First you drive through the park looking at a variety of different animals that are all roaming and at the end you get out and do a small walk through zoo. We went in the morning so it was not very crowded and it was cool so the animals were pretty active. We drove past in the afternoon and there was a huge line of cars. The animals were all pretty and looked very healthy. I was happy to see the majority of them had nice large areas to roam. Definitely worth the time and money to go check it out.
Written September 16, 2020
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Michelle
Chicago, IL64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • 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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Jillian V
Phoenix, AZ26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Just left Bear Country. We arrived at around 1pm on a Monday and the park wasn’t crowded at all. It was definitely nap time for all the animals, which we expected based on other reviews that mentioned morning being the best time to see active animals. We didn’t mind though and snapped away at the closely sleeping wolves, coyotes and bears. Took us about an hour start to finish. Very fun and a convenient stop from the airport to our hotel in Keystone. Oh, and make sure you clean all
Written October 5, 2020
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Kimberly M
O'Fallon, MO38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
If you ever dreamed of seeing bears, elk, buffalo, pronghorns, bighorn sheep, wolves, and more up close and personal (and NOT in cages) then stop by Bear Country! It was a lot of fun to see all of these animals right from the comfort (and protection) of your own vehicle. Pictures have to be taken through your windows though, since rolling them down is a no-no for safety reasons.

The walk-thru part of the park is very nice and well-maintained. There you can see javelinas, bear cubs, foxes, porcupines, badgers, and more.

My only negative comment is that it is a bit pricey for the very short period of time it takes to drive through the park. It would nice if visitors were allowed to do two passes through.
Written October 15, 2020
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AmyLou812
Saint Louis, MO87 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The first part of the drive was okay. We saw deer and some wolves and got a few good pics. The cars move along pretty slowly so you'll have a chance to get some good pics. For our group, it fell apart when we got to the bears. There are a LOT of bears, you can get some really great pics, but they look so sad. It was everything I hate about animal attractions. Too many animals in too small of a space, they just looked sad. We wanted to leave but we were stuck in a line of cars so we were forced to sit there and think about the choice we'd made. We agreed to post no pictures and never speak of it again.
Written July 22, 2020
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kfiregirl
Hoschton, GA3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
This is a great place to see animals, but the wait to drive through the park is not worth it. People don't follow directions, hold up traffic well over a mile back because they block the road, and no one appears to be regulating traffic. Unless you have all day to sit in traffic, don't do it. As for the people that drive with their windows down, against directions, shame on you!

Written August 4, 2020
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