This was a spontaneous stop on our way to the Grand Canyon. This was the realization of a life long dream for my husband...it was very cute to watch! We drove through this wonderful park seeing Goats, Sheep, Bison, Wolves, and of course BEARS! It was about a 40 minute drive through and we loved every minute of it. After the drive there was a small zoo area you can walk through, there were a couple of pet interaction areas, and 3 of the most adorable bear cubs! We had a great time and will go here again when the kids are older.
We were recently in Williams to ride the Polar Express train, and went to check out Bearizona beforehand. This is a fairly new (open 1-2 years) ‘drive-through’ wildlife park. It’s got a large area that you can drive though (keep your windows up!), with various animals like buffalo, black bears, bighorn sheep and burros. You can take as much time as you want, stopping to take pictures, et cetera. They also had GPS units we could take with us ( a new feature they were testing out), which gave us a short narrative on each animal as we entered their area, which was pretty cool. Being in the car was nice because (a) we were warm, (b) the kids were contained, (c) there was no one was whining, lol, and (d) best of all- we got really close to some of the animals!!
At the end of the driving portion, there is a walk-through area to see the animals even closer. The areas were laid out well o that you could actually see who was living there, unlike in the zoo when they’re often hiding. There are some smaller animals, baby animals, a snack shack, gift shop and even a petting zoo. We also saw the tail-end of a cool raptor show, featuring owls & other birds. We would’ve stayed longer in the walk-through area, but we were FREEZING! The entrance fees were pretty comparable to a standard zoo. Both in the car, and in the walk-through area, we probably saw way more animals than we normally see in the zoo. I’d recommend going here if you’re near Williams! *Note- check to see if they're open, if planning to visit in Jan or Feb- they might be closed due to cold weather.
We happened upon Bearizona by chance in 2010, and thought we'd take a peek. Then the admission was half price, but well worth the money. It is a drive-thru wildlife park in Williams, about 30 minutes W of Flagstaff. They are adding a TON of features to this park, and we cannot wait to take our kids back to see what they have added and how the baby bear cubs have grown. There are guides in each animal enclosure to help you along the way too. It was a fantastic experience!