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This hidden gem, tucked away in Williams, Arizona, is the perfect adventure for nature enthusiasts everywhere! Bearizona is located just a few hours away from Phoenix, Arizona, near Flagstaff, and offers a unique experience for visitors to drive through the Arizona wilderness and wildlife, right in the comfort of their own vehicle. Imagine driving through the forest and spotting a pair of black bears a short distance from your window, and just a few minutes later a pack of arctic wolves in their natural habitat.
Bearizona offers guests the opportunity to drive through approximately three miles of the Ponderosa Pine Forest among wildlife such as bison, black bears, arctic wolves, mountain goats, and more. Drive along at your own pace through this natural environment and enjoy wildlife the way it is meant to be.
If driving your own car through a bunch of wild animals isn’t quite your thing, then check out the Wild Bus Tour. Tours are scheduled throughout the day. Bus tours are included with admission, but are offered at a first come first serve basis. Enjoy the commentary of the tour guide about the history of Bearizona and some interesting facts about the animals along the way.
Located just after the drive-through portion of the park, lies Fort Bearizona. This is more of the traditional zoo experience as you leisurely walk along pathways through exhibits of the baby and smaller animals of the park. Scheduled Keeper Chats with featured animals are found along the pathway. Throughout Fort Bearizona you’ll find porcupines, bear cubs, bobcats, or even the incredible jaguar exhibit. Check out the Bearizona Barnyard petting zoo or the Mine Shaft Experience with some nocturnal animals and some creepy, crawly critters as well.
Bearizona is also proud to be the home of the High Country Raptors, a nonprofit organization committed to raptor conservation through education. Showtimes are scheduled daily or on the weekends, depending on the season. Here you have the opportunity to come face to face with owls, falcons, hawks, and other raptors. Shows focus on natural history, conservation, and fun facts during entertaining demonstrations and “free flight” shows over head.
To keep your trip budget-friendly, pack a fun family picnic and enjoy lunch at the designated picnic areas inside Fort Bearizona. Other dining options are also available at Canyonlands and Bearizona Grille. Canyonlands is a theme restaurant showcasing canyon walls and ancient ruins to allow your to dive into the complete Southwest spirit. Dine on the two-story deck with breathtaking views of the park and jaguar exhibit.
Next, time your family road trip takes you along Northern Arizona, make a pit stop in Williams for a unforgettable experience for the entire family. Be sure to check out ideas for more family fun at https://themaddenhouse.com/arizona/grand-canyon.