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Dec 09

Bearizona: Bringing Nature to You

Black BearBearizona is a fun wildlife experience that takes you one step further than visiting your local zoo and saves your feet the trouble of having to walk miles into the wilderness to see Arizona’s wildlife.  Bearizona is a drive-thru wildlife park located in the Grand Canyon gateway town of Williams which is about an hour south of the national park.  This 158 acre animal sanctuary offers visitors the chance to see a wide variety of North American animals including, big horn sheep, black bears, bison, and wolves.  Having just opened in 2010 the park is a work in progress with parts under construction including a new otter display.Owl in FlightMy wife Karen and I are always excited to see places like Bearizona, but at the same time a little apprehensive because they tend to be a little on the expensive side and the animals are not always kept in the nicest conditions.  Our apprehension was soon put to rest when we saw how well the animals at Bearizona were taken care of and just how much passion everybody that we talked or listened to showed towards the animals.  Visiting a place like this is never going to be cheap, but we always want to make sure we get the best bang for our buck and by the time we left we gave our greatest endorsement any place can get by saying we would want to come back on our next visit to the Grand Canyon through Williams, Arizona.WolvesBearizona is divided up into two areas there is the 3 mile drive-through part which includes the enclosures for all the big animals and their area called Fort Bearizona which is a walk-thru area that houses their bear cubs, bobcats, a bird free flight show, and a variety of other small North American animals.  A typical visit will take about 2 hours, but a special feature of Bearizona is that they allow their visitors to drive through the safari part as many times as they want.  Most drive-thru safari places do not allow that so Karen and I definitely took advantage of that on our visit.Young Black BearOn our particular visit we got there about an hour before their High Country Raptors show which gave us plenty of time to drive through the safari part and take lots of pictures.  The bird show was one of the highlights of our entire visit, the presenters did a fantastic job and the way the show is designed will give a close up view of the birds as they literally fly inches above your head.  After catching the show we took their no additional charge tour bus which drives through the safari area with a tour guide that gives a fun educational tour of Bearizona.  We ended our day by seeing Fort Bearizona which houses their baby and smaller animals they have on exhibit as well as a petting zoo.ring tail catThey have big plans for this place including eventually adding space for jaguars, mountain lions, and grizzly bears as well as several other American animals.  Bearizona was a great visit for us and the fact that they care so much about their animals really made it worthwhile.  Karen and I loved the fact that their enclosures were made out environmentally friendly products and that natural looking “rock” walls were actually recycled busses and other vehicles.  Bearizona has really gone above and beyond by making a wildlife sanctuary with spacious enclosures that is safe for its visitors and the environment the right way.   It was a great visit for us and something we would highly recommend if you find yourself in Williams, Arizona looking for something to do.  Just make sure you drive through their safari area more than once, take their guided tour, and catch their bird show.

to check out other things to do in Arizona click hereBearizona SignBearizona
Located at 1500 E. Route 66, Williams, AZ
Hours of Operation:  Open 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 7 days a week during the summer months of June July and August time the rest of the year hours and days vary
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 13 and over $20.00 Seniors 62 and over $18.00 and Children 4 to 12 $10.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.bearizona.com/Blonde Bison

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