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Bearizona Soft Opening With Black Bear Cubs in Williams Arizona

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

www.Bearizona.com

928-635-2289

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Comment balloon 12 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • May 23 2010 04:35AM

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Carra-Looks like you had some fun at Bearizona and what a great adventure for anyone who wants to get more up close and personal with animals.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

CIndy ~ We had a blast and spent over an hour just watching the bear cubs play in the open. It is a great addition to our community!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

I take it you can't walk through the park? I tried to watch the video, but the sound made my cats skitter off the desk, sending all of my files flying.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 10 years ago

Elizabeth ~ I am sorry about the files :(  The cats heard the wind..it was a windy yesterday.. animals are sure sensitive.. NO you cannot get out and play with the bears :)  they can come up to your car.. and they do have rangers on ATV's watching everything and trying to get the bears to come close to the car.. so it is lots of fun to watch. 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago
Carra: You definitely saved the best for last. Those bear cubs are precious. Love the shot of the one going up the tree, and the other coming down. Very cute.
Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 10 years ago

Howdy and afternoon to ya Carra

The Bearizona wildlife park sure does sound and looks like a mighty fine place to go and visit. I sure did really enjoy your video, and I'll be stopen by their Facebook Twitter sites. Thank ya kindly for the links to them.

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 10 years ago

I love anything to do with animals and this looks like a great place to visit!  The bear cubs were adorable!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 10 years ago

Chris Ann ~ the cubs were the best!  I did a 5 minute video on the cubs.. you can see it on my youtube channel TheCosmicCowPie   You will love the cub show!  Got more today when we went back.

Dale ~  I know the friends at Bearizona will be happy you followed them on Twitter and liked the facebook page.  I am sure they will have some great things coming up!

Debra ~ Animals and kids in marketing.. got to love them... Hope you will stop buy if you are coming towards the Grand Canyon!  We could have a meet up and watch the bear cubs!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

This would be very cool to see this. We urbanites have no idea how beautiful it can be.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) over 10 years ago

Robert ~  It is the wild west.. I have those big trees in my backyard.. and this is about 15 minutes from my house.. so I am going to enjoy taking people there as they come to the Grand Canyon.  The bear cubs are adorable.. I could spend hours watching them.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 10 years ago

I got to see a North American timberwolf, more popularly known as a Yellowstone gray wolf, at the San Diego Zoo on Memorial Day. It was quite beautiful:

North American timberwolf

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 10 years ago

Jim  ~  We have some new wolves.. will get a post out soon! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

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