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While researching for things to do on the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas leg of our US road trip, I came across Bearizona. Listed as one of the best things to do in Williams and located 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon South Rim, Bearizona is home to over 250 North American animals, including bears and wolves.
This wildlife park is divided into two sections: a 3-mile drive-through park, and a more traditional walk-through zoo area called Fort Bearizona.
The drive-through loop can be completed in your own car, or you can hop on the bus tour for no additional charge. The drive takes you through large, natural enclosures where you can get up close to brown bison, Arctic wolves (they are huge!), tundra wolves, big horn sheep, black bears and more. Our visit coincided with frosty temperatures and a light dusting of snow, so some animals like the bears were tucked up in their shelters to keep warm, or off sunning themselves away from the road. Other animals, like the wolves, walked around or alongside the car as we slowly drove through.
After you complete the drive-through loop, the second part of the adventure starts in Fort Bearizona. Here you can walk through and view animals like racoons, beavers, bears, jaguars, foxes and more in their enclosures. There is also Bearizona Barnyard (a petting zoo), the Birds of Prey show, and keeper talks at various times throughout the day, plus the Canyonlands restaurant if you get hungry.
If you are looking for things to see on the way to the Grand Canyon, or things to see around the Grand Canyon, be sure to add Bearizona to your list!
Where: 1500 E. Route 66, Williams, AZ
Opening Hours: Open daily 8:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: From $25USD per adult and $15USD per child aged 4-12 years. Maximum car load rate is capped at $120USD.