Beary Upclose and Personal: Bearizona

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Lions, Tigers and Bears oh my! Wait, wait let me back it up….I meant to say,

Wolves, Bisons and Bears, oh my!

These are the animals you will see when visiting Bearizona Wildlife Park. Bearizona Wildlife Park is not one of your typical zoo, they offer people an opportunity to drive through and see animals in their natural, wildlife environment. Yes, you read that right. You can drive in your own vehicle to see these animals up close.


When we had first arrived to Bearizona, we actually had no idea what to expect but we were so excited to see the animals. We were then greeted by one of the employee who was patient enough to explain the whole process.

Bearizona Employee: “When you enter the wolves and bears sections, you must have your windows up”

Me: “Wait, they will be walking around?”

Bearizona Employee: “Yes, if they walk close to the car, please safely drive forward slowly. Also, a baby bison was just recently born 30 minutes ago before you guys came”

Stacey and I looked at each other with our eyes wide open and the biggest smiles on our faces.

Stacey: “Are there any baby bear cubs?”

Bearizona Employee: “Yes, there are 4 three months old baby bear cubs in a section where you can walk and see them”

“WHAT?! We can get out of the car and see them?!” Stacey squealed with delight

We literally threw our money as we got even more excited to enter the park.

Bearizona Employee smiled big and handed us a map – reminding us a few rules and then bid us farewell.

The map:


*Cue the Jurassic Park Music as we enter the park*

During the Drive-through section of the park, we saw Big Horn Sheep, American Burro, Dall Sheep, Bisons, Wolves and Bears.


It’s cute when he’s sleeping


Eek! Crows feeding on a dead carcass- a leg with hoof


The newborn baby bison



As we drove through the bears section, we were surprised to see a little love-making going on. It was quite fascinating how long the male bear could keep going! For those who were wondering, no we didn’t stay long to see them finish haha


 Finally the walk through part:

There was a raptor show where they showed all the different kind of birds but unfortunately we didn’t make it. However, we still went on to see the otters, beavers, porcupines, foxes and of course the baby bears.


A sleeping porcupine






Bearizona Wildlife Park

1500 E. Route 66,

Williams, Arizona 86046

Operating Hours: 8am-6pm. Open all year round (except early closing times on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve) and It is only closed on Christmas day.

Admission: $20 plus tax for adults, $10 plus tax for children between the age of 4 to 10, and free for those who are under the age of 4.

The entire park takes about 2 hours.

Be sure to check out the Raptor Show!

They do offer the VIP tour bus which is included in the admission, if you would like to take the tour bus instead of your vehicle or you can do both. It is based on first come, first serve.

Pets and service dogs are allowed inside the park but must be inside vehicle with windows up at all time during the drive through section and they must be leashed for the walk through section.

***Money-saving tips: Be sure to look out for Groupon deals, they occasionally advertised discounts for admissions or camps.

Have you ever join a drive-through in a natural environment?

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    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      thank you! It sounded like you really enjoyed it! 🙂 thank you for reading our post

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Thank you! 🙂

      We never heard of it until recently when we came across that place on YouTube. We’re glad to hear that it’s now on your bucket list!

  1. Robin Follette

    Wow! I would love this place! I am alllll about wildlife and nature. The color phase bear is gorgeous and I’ve never seen a bison with such a light color. The fox’s face is adorable. I abhor zoos with cages but this place is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us!
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    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      You’re welcome! 🙂

      We love wildlife and nature as well. We completely understand about the cages, and we don’t like that too. The staff were extremely helpful and seemed to take care of the animals really well.

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Thank you! 🙂 Haha, it was quite interesting to see!

  2. Vanessa Morgan

    Wow, wow, and wow. I absolutely love your pictures. These animals are all amazing.

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Thank you! 🙂 They were all completely wild and amazing 🙂 Thank you for reading our post!

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      It”s a winner for sure! Thank you for reading out post 🙂

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Thank you!! 🙂

  3. Rachel Golden

    This is so cool! I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this before. You’re pictures are so beautiful! I’ll definitely have to check this out if I ever get in the area. 🙂
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    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Thank you!! 🙂 It was a good experience! If you love animals and nature, you’ll like it! 🙂

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      It was fun! (: We’re happy to hear that you are adding this to your list! Thank you for reading

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

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    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      It was fun! Thank you for reading! (:

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Believe me, it was not easy! Haha, I did my very best to take photos through the car window. Those cubs were very cute!

  4. Living in Canada, we have seen lots of these guys, and have a deep respect for them, Such gorgeous creatures, It looks like you guys had a really great time here, and we appreciate you letting us know about this destination. Looks amazing.
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    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      We never really seen much of wildlife here in Los Angeles, so it was pretty cool to see them up close! We also have a lot of respect for them (: We had a great time.

      You’re welcome! And thank you for reading our post!

  5. You have great shot of such cute animals… hehe I specially like the love-making bears.

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      haha, it was interesting moment to see! We couldn’t resist taking photos 🙂

      thank you for reading our post!

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      This is a great place for children! (:

  6. Looks like you had a wonderful time! What a great variety of animals. I’ve never been on a drive-through in a natural environment, but I like how they emphasized safety at this one!

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      I’m sure there are few other drive-through in natural environments 🙂 Oh yes, they really made sure that we’d be safe!

      Thank you for reading! 🙂

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      haha 🙂 Wolves are very magnificent animals!

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Yes! It’s very family-friendly too! 🙂

  7. Vanessa

    Those cubs are the cutest things in the world – they are so playful and cuddly (at least in theory – wouldn’t want to mess with mama bear!

    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Never should anyone mess with the mama bear!

  8. Vicky and Buddy

    You took some really great pics! I love places like these. I went to one in Texas where you could leave your windows down and feed the animals. I had a zebra stick it’s whole head in the window!
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    1. deafinitelywanderlust

      Thank you!

      Really? We never heard about that! We have to check that out. We’re jealous that you get to had a zebra stick it’s whole head in the window! That must be fun! 🙂

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