Take a drive through Bearizona. No, that’s not a typo. Bearizona is a wilderness park which guests drive through in their cars. After the drive through tour, the fort offers wildlife shows and a petting zoo. Read more below about what the creators of Bearizona have to say about their park.
Drive three miles through untamed Arizona wilderness witnessing North American Wildlife in natural environments.
View animals ranging from rugged mountain goats and stealthy wolves to majestic bison and comical black bears – all from the comfort of your own private vehicle. Guests arriving by motorcycle, bicycle or taxi all qualify to use a courtesy car program. (Vehicles for you to drive through the park at no extra charge)
Snow at Bearizona
Winter is a great time to visit the park!
Do the bears hibernate? The answer is YES, but… bears display varying degrees of a hibernative state. Older bears will definitely be lazier and not up moving around as much as they do at other times in the year. Some will choose dens near the road so they watch visitors and not miss any of the action. Several adults do get up daily and mosey around. Other adult bears will choose earthen dens and disappear for a few weeks at a time. Our younger bears stay active throughout the winter. The bottom line is – You will still see bears when you visit in winter.
GPS Audio Guide
GPS units are a complimentary way for families to learn more about the animals as they drive through at their own pace. This entertaining narrative is offered free-of-charge and is handed out to vehicles once they’ve paid admission. These GPS devices are still in testing mode so “bear” with them as they work out any kinks.
Fort Bearizona is a separate walk-through area, located directly after the drive through portion of the park. Visitors leisurely stroll through winding walkways to get an up-close look at even more North American animals on exhibit. The Fort is also where the shows occur and where visitors load onto the Wild Ride Bus. There is also the “Bearizona Barnyard” petting zoo and a Mine Shaft Experience,which houses some nocturnal animals as well as some creepy, crawly critters.