Bearizona Wildlife Park Williams Arizona – Black Bears Up Close

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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 Camp in Williams, Arizona

We camped for free in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona. Below are some other options. For tips on finding free camping around Tucson, check out our post on how to find dispersed camping on public land.

To quickly find campgrounds, RV dumps, propane fills, potable water and more RVing/camping resources we use Allstays. Check out our AllStays Review.

Find nearby Harvest Hosts. Members have access to vineyards, farms, museums, breweries and more. Read our Harvest Hosts Review or use our referral link to receive a discount.

Check Boondockers Welcome to see if there’s a host member in the area that can accommodate an overnight RV stay. Read our Boondockers Welcome Review or use our affiliate link to sign up.

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3 thoughts on “Bearizona Wildlife Park Williams Arizona – Black Bears Up Close”

  1. Hello Kait and Joe as well as Leo
    We admire your travel ethic and your candid and helpful posts
    We have an Agile and have spent our winters(3 mos ) living/traveling in our van for almost 5 years

    We stay at state parks but will be boondocking this upcoming season and will start slow by using harvest hosts more than blm
    We plan to leave home NYS via Texas Rte 10 thru Tucson (already done 2 years ago )but travel plans are on hold till my mother in final stages of dementia in nursing home passed which is soon

    Any itinerary ideas/links for Tucson to Southetn Calif would be appreciated
    Enjoy and safe travels
    Vic/Lisa/Daisy our toller

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