One of two Hanna Barbara-sanctioned Flintstone-themed amusement parks (the other is in South Dakota), this fun-for-all-ages ... More
Flintstone's Bedrock City
One of two Hanna Barbara-sanctioned Flintstone-themed amusement parks (the other is in South Dakota), this fun-for-all-ages prehistoric playground features a whole park full of adventures for fans of Fred, Barney and the gang. Built in 1972, the park features a street full of stone-age buildings, a Fredmobile tram that travels through a volcano and the Bedrock Theater, which plays (what else?) Flintstones cartoons. There is also a campground in the complex.
I've seen the Flinstone sign several years ago and didn't pay much attention. I'm on my way to Las Vegas from New Mexco next week. Want to stop by Bedrock, but after reading the reviews, I'm thinking it may not be worth the trip. My daughter's and I went to Keystone, SD to see Mount Rushmore (Awesome!) and happen to come across Bedrock in Custer, SD. I couldn't believe the glory that came over me. I loved and watched the Flinstones as a child. If ever in Custer..You MUST stop. No dissappointment there.
Words escape how badly run down this place is. The tram had flat tires, and a tractor had cobwebs it'd been sitting so long. Most of the wood cars were badly eaten by termites. Some of the signs were broken, some of the buildings were broken, some of the figures were busted. The theater that used to play looped Flinstones cartoons was shuttered and locked. The outdoor stage was covered in vines.
I don't know if we caught them before the big Summer rush... but they shouldn't even be open in that condition. We were the only ones there, wandering this surreal wasteland on our own.
Get out, take pictures of the front signs, then save the $5 and get back in your car and go somewhere else!
on our way to grand canyon in 1983 we came upon this it was awesome for the girls really nice place so sorry to hear that it is not in good shape hopefully they willput some money back into it and make it like it was when we went my daughter was three and she still remembers it mademe post date but we were not there then
I spotted this place on our way to the Grand Canyon on Friday and made my husband promise to take our family on the way back to town on Sunday.
We were so excited! I felt like I’d made my own little discovery since I’d never heard of it. The gift shop we walked into was a little dodgy and definitely smelled of smoke. (No fun for a family of asthmatics.) But the park itself was a fun travel back in time. The attractions are definitely worn down and some pieces are broken, but it’s great for those of us who appreciate true Americana without the glitz and polish.
Word of advice though: Do not wear flip flops. There are stickers and burrs everywhere that go straight through flip flops. I eventually had to send my husband back to the car to get my sneakers and I ended up with bloody feet and a ruined pair of shoes. Start with sneakers and you’ll be fine.
Coming back from the Grand Canyon we found the City of Bedrock. My boyfriend and I (both in our 40's) and my mother (in her 70's) had a great time. Who needed kids? We went in all the buildings acting like kids. Even my boyfriend who rather take the pictures volunteered to be in a few photos. I am sure all kids would love to stop in and see this place. They would have a great time. It is worth the $4 is worth it.
We discovered this totally by accident on the way to the Grand Canyon, and I was almost as excited about a lifesize Flintstones roadside theme attraction as the canyon!
We were the only ones there, and spent a few hours. It's got a great "home-made" vibe, you can tell the love and care that went into building it.
Maybe not for everyone, but if you long for vintage roadside attractions that don't seem to exist anymore, you'll love it.
The groundskeeper (wish I could remember his name) was the nicest guy in the world, he took pictures for us and told us all about the history, basically gave us a tour and a ride on the Bedrock City train.
This place is Topps in my book, it gets the Chet Cadenza 5 Star Seal Of Approval.
I also visted this place when a was younger and it was a cool part of the Grand Canyopn trip. We took my daughter there almost 15 years ago when she was 10 months old. She is almost 16 now and my son is 9, so we just had to stop here after our trip to the Grand Canyon (7/2/07). I was a bit put off by the $5 per person charge to get inside, but paid it anyway. The kids loved it and we went into every building. Of course they climbed up the dinosaur slide but when they realized how hot the slide was, refused to go down. It is a bit run down, but even with my kids ages, they did not care. They still show Flintstone cartoons in the movie theatre and if you go in the jail, make sure to walk back to the second cell. We bought bottled water in the cafe and the price was not too pbad considering what you are usually charged at theme parks or ballfields.
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