Bearizona is unique in that it is home to animals that are uniquely native to North America, and it’s as educational as it is fascinating.
Many people around the world are concerned about the ethics of keeping animals in small enclosures in zoos (animals that have the instinct to wonder). Safari parks overturn the idea of a zoo. The safari parks are huge with massive enclosures in which the animals can roam freely. Instead of seeing the animals in their small enclosures, visitors move “engaged” in their own car, while the animals are free to roam.
Many of these safari parks feature animals from all over the world, but Bearizona in Bearizona specializes only in North American animals. For those who wish to take a North American safari and see all of the continent’s remarkable wildlife, then Bearizona is for them. If you’re in Ontario, Canada, be sure to check out their amazing Wild Africa Safari.
The park is large and it plans to accommodate more animals as they grow older.
- Cut: About. 160 acres
- Season: All year
- Address: 1500 E. Route 66, Williams Arizona
Most of the land is covered with Ponderosa pine forest where animals can feel at home in their natural habitat. The park is located in northern Arizona and is nestled in the middle of the beautiful Kaibab National Forest.
Some of their animals include black bears, African crested porcupines, Alaskan tundra wolves, American badgers, American bison, American burro, arctic wolves, beavers, bighorn sheep. America, bobcats, Burmese pythons, deer, grizzly bears, jaguars, North American river otters, Prairie dogs, reindeer, Rocky Mountain elk, skunks and white bison.
This is a safari park where you can see the animals in their natural habitat (or something close by). To explore the park, visitors normally travel in their personal cars. People can see many of North America’s most iconic animals that are normally elusive in the wild.
- Reader length: Three miles of driving trails in the park
- Vehicle restrictions: All vehicles must be fully closed and have operational windows
- Not allowed: ATVs / all-terrain vehicles, open-top jeeps or open-top convertibles
- Opening days : 7 days a week
- Times: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Entrance cost:
- Adult during the week: 13-61 years old, $ 30.00
- Adult weekend: 13-61 years old, $ 35.00
- Child during the week: 4-12 years old, $ 20.00
- Child weekend: 4-12 years old, $ 25.00
- Children under 4: To free
- To note: Due to Covid-19, their Wild Ride bus tour is not currently underway
After entering the park, you can walk around as many times as you want. However, there is no re-entry once you leave the park.
Purpose and climate of the park
Bearizona is committed to promoting the conservation and preservation of American wild animals by promoting them through these educational safaris.
Many people are concerned about the welfare of animals in captivity or the morality of catching them in the wild. In the case of Bearizona, more than half of the animals are rescued or rehabilitated animals. They are a refuge for orphan animals or other animals that cannot be released into the wild.
The climate here changes considerably with the seasons. In the summer, the average temperature is around 80 degrees, while the winter months are cold and snowfall averages 55 inches. Animal behavior changes throughout the year, so visitors can come at different times to observe them.
- To note: Animals are outdoors and enjoy all types of weather
Dining in Bearizona
The restaurant at the Bearizona hotel is the Canyonlands Restaurant. This is a large themed restaurant with soaked canyon walls and an expansive two-story covered terrace.
- Jaguar exhibition: The restaurant terrace offers a breathtaking view of the Jaguar exhibition
There are plenty of lunch options for the hungry visitor at their hickory smoked barbecue. Options include fresh salads, gluten-free and vegetarian options, hot and cold sandwiches, and (of course) burgers. Is there a place in America that doesn’t offer gourmet burgers?
In addition to coffee and Pepsi drinks, the restaurant also offers full bar service with local craft and local beers as well as specialty cocktails.
Another dining option is the Bearizona Grille. It’s located near the entrance and offers stadium-style fare (like hot dogs, hot pretzels, and cheese nachos).
Bearizona is located near the Grand Canyon – just about an hour away, and the nearby town of Williams is a gateway to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. While no one is likely to drive across the United States to visit Bearizona, this is a great day trip while visiting the majestic Grand Canyon. When you visit the magnificent Grand Canyon, be sure to include Bearizona in your itinerary.
Alternatively, a three-hour drive from Las Vegas, it’s still close enough to be considered for a day trip. See here for a Las Vegas travel guide and what to do.
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