This family owned, and operated drive-through wildlife park was established in 1972, and offers a three-mile drive on which ... More
Bear Country U.S.A.
This family owned, and operated drive-through wildlife park was established in 1972, and offers a three-mile drive on which one may view the world's largest private collection of North American Black Bear, as well as encountering wolves, mountain lions, elk, buffalo, deer, bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats, and many other animals; the Wildlife Center features a variety of younger and smaller animals.
I asked the girls at the desk what they did with all those baby bears and she said they turn them out with the adults. I said, if you did that, you'd have 150 bears within a year. Their explanation was incomplete to say the least. They have so many bears to begin with, all the babies they have cannot just be "turned out" with the others, unless they are destroying or selling older ones.....There were no guides or workers near the baby pens to ask questions from, and this was suspicious also. They want to get your money from the summer teenagers then turn you lose. Don't want to pay anyone else to maybe give you more information or answer questions. They should close this place down.
The admission price was kind of high for the short drive through the park but was an experience I will never forget. You get within arms reach of these animals. Great for families with young children! Would return!
You should definitely try to get on the guided bus tour instead of driving your own car through. We got a lot info on the guided tour. The whole place was very cool, but even cooler then the bears was the white buffalo. I am not sure why they do not have BIG HUGE signs on the highway stating they have this. we almost cried when we saw this animal...very rare and very beautiful. We go to South Dakota every year and now Bear Country is on our list of things to do every year.
This was one of our favorite stops on our vacation. We were there early which was right after they fed them so all the animals were out. The baby bears were great to watch and we had a really great time there. It is a little pricey but totally worth it! And we don't even have kids!!! Don't miss this.
We had decided not to go to Bear Country because we had already been to the Denver Zoo on this trip. But, when we saw the sign on the highway between Keystone and Rapid City, we decided we'd give it a try. We enjoyed seeing all of the animals, but particularly the bears. They all looked very healthy and appeared that they were very content in their man made natural environment. We loved watching them play in their watering hole. My favorite picture of our trip was taken at Bear Country. In their baby animal section, two cubs were asleep in a tree. We enjoyed it very much and thought it an affordable outing.
It was very expensive, but it was neat seeing so many animals, especially the elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats, which we wanted to see in the wild, but we couldn't. The bears were adorable, ESPECIALLY the cubs in Babyland. They were swimming in their pool, and playing with each other, and climbing the trees. One of the cubs fell out of the tree, and a cub that was waiting at the bottom bopped the other one on the head, and then climbed up himself. Just make sure that if you travel with pets, then not to bring them here. Our dogs could smell the bears, and I had a miserable time trying to restrain them in the back of our camper. I wish we had taken the camper off at our campground, and left the dogs there for an hour while we were in Bear Country.
I read reviews before going to this attraction. I was a bit surprised at the cost. For a family of four it was $56.
It was a bit hot the day we went so a lot of the animals were in the shade (as they should be) so for the first few sections we did not see much.
When we got to the bear section there were so many to see it was amazing.
The baby section was very good, and we enjoyed watching the baby bears play.
We really enjoyed looking at all the animals. The cubs were our favorite, they were so cute! The bears were all over, it was a experience you can not find anywhere else! This is definatly a must see attraction!
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