Bearizona is a little bit of a drive from Tucson at three and a half hours away, but let me tell you... it is definitely worth it!! It's a bit like Jurassic Park meets the traditional zoo.
The first portion of the park is all
drive-through and takes you through two miles of large
naturalistic habitats. A GPS based digital tour guide device provides
informative insight as you drive through the Mountain Goat, American
Burro, Brown Bison, Arctic Wolf, Tundra Wolf, Dall Sheep, White Bison,
Big Horn Sheep and Black Bear enclosures.... Just to name a few... or
ok, all of them.
They have plans to add many more species. My
favorites on the list to look forward to are the Jaguar, Grizzly Bear,
and Mountain Lion!
finished with the drive-through portion, you'll park the car and go
through Fort Bearizona, the walk through portion of Bearizona. This
area has many baby and smaller animals on exhibit, as well as the
Bearizona Barnyard, an interactive petting zoo that is lots of fun.
as if that all wasn't enough, you can finish it all off with the Birds
of Prey show. This show happens three times a day and will have you
coming face to face with hawks, owls, falcons, and other raptors.
loved the dramatic "free flight" shows which had these impressive birds
swooping down just inches over our heads.
is open year-round, but their hours and whether they're open all week
or only weekends varies depending on the season. Check out their
website for more information and pricing, which I found to be very
reasonable for such a unique and quality experience.