Ever want to see black bears, wolves and other wildlife up close? Bearizona Wildlife Park offers a driving tour where visitors can see bears and wolves a few feet away. There is also a walking tour and petting zoo.

Bearizona Wildlife Park

After numerous trips to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, we finally made it to Bearizona for the drive-thru animal experience. On the driving tour we saw black bears, wolves, mountain goats, mule deer, burros and bison to name a few. The best part of the driving tour is dogs can remain inside the vehicle as long as the windows are up.

The walking tour is not dog friendly, but it’s well worth it. We saw beavers, otters, javelinas, red foxes and even a jaguar. Programs are offered inside the fort including keeper chats and animal shows. We missed the Birds of Prey Show this time, something to look forward to on our next visit.

If you’re traveling through Williams, Arizona, make sure to plan a trip to Bearizona and expect to spend the whole day. We drove through the park twice it was so much fun. You can also hop on the Wild Ride Bus Tour for a guided tour through the park.

Note: we highly recommend reading the park rules in advance so you know what to expect. There is also a pet guideline if you’re bringing your dog like we did. We had no problems driving the camper van through the park with a spare tire carrier on the back. The complete vehicle guideline can be found on the park’s website.

Where to stay: rent an AirBNB, book a hotel, or find a campground. We camped for free in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona.

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