Bearizona Soft Opening With Black Bear Cubs in Williams Arizona
Saturday, May 22, 2010 Bearizona had its official "Soft" opening.
What is Bearizona you may be asking?
Bearizona is a drive-through wildlife park at the gateway to the Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona.
Live animals in a natural habitat in one of the world's largest Ponderosa tree forests. See bison, mountain goats, big horn sheep, black bear and wolves all roaming freely in 160 acres of Arizona wilderness.
Bearizona has easy access located just south of I-40 at Highway 64 (Historic Route 66) Only 58 miles to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and 25 miles west of Flagstaff.
Having attended the Soft Opening on May 22, 2010 I must say this is well worth the price of admission.
The time we had in the park was MAGICAL! No other word describes how you will feel watching the animals navigate the natural habitat in such a serene environment.
Background on the Bearizona project was posted in an article By Steve Miller Journal staff March 15, 2010
"Two members of the Casey family, which owns Bear Country USA near Rapid City, are starting a similar attraction in northern Arizona. Partners Sean and Dennis Casey, sons of Pauline Casey and the late Doc Casey, founders of Bear Country USA, plan to open Bearizona in Williams, Ariz., in May. Bearizona, like Bear Country USA, will be a drive-through wildlife park, but it will put more emphasis on conservation and the environment..."
The article indicates they would like to have about 40 species, including bears, wolves, bison, mountain goats, mountain lions and javelinas. Bearizona with it's 160 acres, will be slightly bigger than Bear Country USA in Rapid City. The project was estimated to be 15 million to begin with.
The area is going to include cliffs and waterfalls which will make it easy to hide enclosures. The initial plans for the park is permitted to have up to 800 hotel rooms, which are going to be designed into the park and would be in a future phase of development.
Bearizona is going to be a wonderful addition to the Williams Rt. 66 and Gateway to the Grand Canyon atmosphere. With the local Williams elevation at about 6700 feet it is the perfect place to escape the heat from other Arizona locales and be close to the Grand Canyon majesty.
Everyone we talked with on our soft opening adventure was delightful and loved what they were doing. I have followed Bearizona on Twitter, liked their page on facebook and registered the location on foursquare.
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This is going to be a fun ride so follow along as new animals and excitement arrive at Bearizona in Williams, Arizona.
1500 E. Rt. 66, Williams, Arizona 86046