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.
What a great place ! Almost a tie with Mt. Rushmore in terms of our favorite place in the Rapid city area.
It cost us $27 for 2 adults and 1 child. I thought that was a bit pricey for a 2 mile drive, but it was really cool. You get to see all kinds of animals up close that you wouldn't normally get to see roaming free. I would definitely go back !
I have been to Bear Country USA three times in my life - once when I was a teenager and twice as an adult with my own family. I couldn't wait for my son to be old enough to appreciate this experience. What a neat way to get close to wildlife that you normally wouldn't be able to see. Maybe not quite as thrilling as seeing a bear (or other animal) in the wild, but at least you are guaranteed to see them! This is definitely worth the time and money.
We decided to stop at bear country on the way to Mt. Rushmore. It cost my carload $50.00 (the max charged) but it was totally worth it. You get to be up close to wildlife without being in harms way. The best part is getting to see many bears right out of your vehicle. We are going back to South Dakota in the spring and we will sure stop here again!! The kids loved it!!
I have never seen some of the animals here up close before! Once I went here I was just in awe at how cool it was to be this close to these animals. You get to see things like Elk, Reindeer, Goats, Black Bears, Grizzly Bears, and the list goes on and on. This is by far the coolest place I've been.... EVER!
I did not enjoy my experience at all. It was not even remotely worth the time nor the money. I was appalled at how small the enclosures were for many of the animals. Mountain lions have a natural home range of tens to hundreds of miles. At this facility, several of them are being kept in an enclosure that can be measured in feet. Similar fates face the majestic elk, bison, wolves, caribou, etc. These beautiful wild creatures are being confined in unreasonably small enclosures simply for the enjoyment of humans who want to be able to see "nature" from a paved road while in the comfort of their air-conditioned vehicles. What a shame. Many of these same animals can be seen in nearby Custer State Park. If you want a real experience, go visit the park.
Cool... you could see all the animals without a problem. However 3 miles in 1 hr 90+ degrees with the windows up (you aren't supposed to roll down your windows) and my car started overheating because of all the slow movement. Neat to see once but I dont think I'll go back unless they figure out how to move traffic just a little bit faster...it shouldn't take that long to take a couple pictures and move on for the rest to see.
We did this because out kids wanted to see wild animals. We did get to see them. It is a great place for a family. We took a lot of time and a lot of pictures. The kids just had a blast. Our one-year-old even growled at the bears! I would recommend this to any family that is looking for fun. The price is a bit high, but worth it in the end.
We have been to other drive-thru safaris but none of them offered bears. This park was VERY busy and we felt rushed by traffic. The first part of the park is kind of slow and boring but when you get to the bears it is fun. You can't roll down your windows so there is no interaction. We got to see two huge black bears fight. Lots of brown/black bears wandering around. Only took about an hour.
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