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July 18, 2014

Go north to discover Bearizona

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

White Bison roam in an open meadow. Bearizona’s mission is to promote conservation through memorable and educational encounters with North American wildlife in their natural habitat.

 
Address:

Bearizona, 1500 E. Route 66

Williams, Ariz. 86046

 

The American burro is just one of many animals found at the Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams. Visitors can experience a scenic three-mile drive in their own vehicle and observe animals in a natural environment.

Directions from Phoenix:

Follow I-17 north toward Flagstaff for 139.9 mi. Merge onto I-40 via Exit 340B going toward Los Angeles for 32.1 mi. Take Exit 165 – Williams/Grand Canyon Exit. Go south for 0.25 mi. Bearizona is immediately on the left.

 

American Bison can be found living in grasslands, forests and scrub forests. Once found roaming throughout most of the United States, they were nearly hunted to extinction. They have recovered in smaller geographical areas with large wild herds in western South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.

Hours of operation:

8 a.m. – last car admitted at 6 p.m.

Closing time changes throughout the year based on daylight hours. The front gate and drive-through gates shut promptly after closing time, however, guests may stay in Fort Bearizona until dusk.

The park is open seven days a week.

Visitors should allow at least two hours for their Bearizona adventure.

Bearizona may close due to inclement weather.

 

A black bear cub shakes its fur after jumping into a pool of water at Fort Bearizona, which rests inside Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, Ariz. Visitors can leisurely stroll through the forest along winding walkways to get an up-close look at younger and smaller animals. Female black bears usually breed every other year and cubs are born from early January to mid-February weighing from half to three quarters of a pound. One to four cubs are born at a time and are raised by their mother for about a year and a half. The black bear is North America’s most familiar and common bear. They typically live in forests and are excellent tree climbers, but are also found in mountains and swamps. Despite their name, black bears can be blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon or, in rare circumstances, white.

Visitor rates:

Children to age 3: Free

Children ages 4 to 12: $10 plus tax

Adults: $20 plus tax

Seniors 62 and older: $18 plus tax

Maximum carload rate: $100 plus tax (This rate is for personal vehicles only NO-commercial vehicles)

Annual carload pass: $175

Annual personal pass: $60

Special pricing available for educational groups and groups of 15 or more. Call for details.
 

The lynx is one of many animals found residing at Fort Bearizona. The lynx is a solitary cat that haunts the remote northern forests of North America, Europe and Asia. Lynx are covered with beautiful thick fur that keeps them warm during winter.




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