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“Bearizona. We loved it. You should definitely go.”

Bearizona Wildlife Park
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Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park
Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Williams
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bearizona is a Wildlife Park featuring a drive through area as well as a walk through area. View animals in natural habitats during your drive. Check out more animals on exhibit in the walk through. There are several animal shows throughout the day as well as a complimentary bus tour through the park at several times throughout the day.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Bearizona. We loved it. You should definitely go.”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

I could end the review with the review title, but let me expand a bit.

The Drive-Thru section: The enclosures are very large (which is terrific for the animals), so at first, we didn’t see anything and thought “Is this going to be a total bust?” Our worries were unfounded, however, as we inevitably rounded a corner and were suddenly surrounded by bears, wolves, bison – you name it! And some of the animals (the bears and wolves in particular) got REALLY close to the car, to the point where (if we were incredibly stupid) we could have rolled down the windows, reached out, and petted them. You are required to keep your windows up in the bear and wolf sections, by the way. As it was, we were very happy to sit there in our car, take pictures/video, and squeal with delight. Some notes on driving through: 1. You can go through as many times as you want, for free! Didn’t get a good shot the first time around? Go again! We ended up going through once, heading over to the walking section, and then driving through one more time before we left. 2. The earlier you go, the less crowded it will be. When we drove through the first time (around 10 am), there were maybe only one or two other cars out there with us, so we could sit and watch the animals for as long as we wanted. When we went through the second time (around 1:30), it was more crowded. They were feeding the bears then, though, so that was pretty fun to watch. 3. If you plan on taking pictures, wash your car windows before you go in. 4. I HIGHLY recommend downloading the theme from “Jurassic Park” before you go. We played it on a loop as we drove through, and it was a) very atmospheric, and b) pretty funny!

The Walking section: While admittedly not quite as impressive as the drive-thru area, this is still a lot of fun. The raptor show was surprisingly fun, and we enjoyed allowing the raven to collect our dollar bill donations following the performance (totally voluntary, but really neat!). Also, there were four bear cubs fighting up in a tree, which was a delight to watch. The rest of the walking section has a layout similar to your standard zoo - nothing too awe-inspiring, but enjoyable nonetheless. It wasn’t too terribly crowded, and the grounds are clean and well-maintained – very family-friendly. It also looked like they were doing some building, so there might be an expansion in the works.

On the whole, Bearizona was a really fun experience, and we would definitely recommend it for adults and children alike.

Visited September 2013
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84 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Small but worth stppping. Will go here again”
Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

We loved it. You drive through the park. We went durring the slow season so just a few people where there. There are bears wolves and all the things you would expect. My favoriteis the artic wolf section. They come right up to your car and you stop and are able to take ppictures and videos. At the end they have a walk through section which includes theses stunning Bobcats. And the baby bears had there section with a tunnel and a window to watch them inside there house. Pretty cool. We will definitely go here when we drive from NM to Las Vegas Nevada

Visited November 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Family-Friendly Attraction, Lots of Animals”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Did this attraction because I saw it on Groupon, so glad we got to go!

Went with my bf, lady at the gate seemed a little confused two adults with no children were coming in, lol. Extremely friendly staff, everyone there seemed to love their job and were willing to answer any questions.

Animals were great, got up really close with the bison and wolves... they weren't afraid to walk right up to the car! Bears were all sleeping, but they were the cutest furry black blobs you've ever seen. Saw the wolves being feed, so they were very active which was great.

The fort area was really nice, great picture opportunity with the sign at the fort. We got to see a fox, lots of baby bears up close that were playing, otters, and other little animals. Park was very clean. Concessions were affordable and the coffee was good. Gift shop was priced well, picked up a hat and some postcards without breaking the bank.

Really great experience, would highly recommend and will probably go back the next time I'm in the area!

Visited January 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Top attraction close to Grand Canyonn”
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

If you ever want to have an up and close with black bears and wolfs Bearizona is the place! Conveniently located on your way out (or in) to the Grand Canyon.
You can experience all this without even getting out of your car. It is a drive through park were the animals roam free. They are all in their natural habitat where you just drive through and spot goats, black bears, bisons ( black and white), tundra wolfs etc... To top things off there is walk though area where they keep bear cubs safely behind fences. We have seen about 10 one year old bear cubs, two bobcats and a beaver.
There is a great enthusiasm and level of care from the keepers and staff which makes it not just another park with animals.

For a $20 entrance fee it is definitely value for money. Don't expect a day filling experience as you drive through the park comfortably in an hour. Up to you if you want to stay longer or drive the loop again!

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Santa Cruz, California
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8 reviews
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“Go at feeding time. See the bird show.”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Good educational info. Animal enclosures smaller than anticipated. The more intelligent animals demonstrated depressed and neurotic behavior from captivity, making me very sad. Especially the wolves, bears, and foxes.

Visited December 2013
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