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Bearizona Animal Park

Encounter bears, bison, wolves, and more at this safari-style, drive-through park in Williams, Ariz.

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    At Bearizona, near Williams, visitors can experience animal wildlife in a natural environment.
  • Bison, Bearizona, image
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    Bison have thick fur on their head, shoulders, and forelegs.
  • Black bear cub, Bearizona, image
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    Black bears have short, curved claws for climbing trees and digging.
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    An Alaskan tundra wolf pauses in a snowy landscape at Bearizona.

Encounter bears, bison, wolves, and more at this safari-style, drive-through park in Williams, Ariz.

In the Bearizona wildlife park, a six-foot-tall bison may lumber across your path, or a bear may rub against a stump a few feet away. Your heart may beat faster, but don't fret—you'll be safe inside your car.

Such encounters are the draw of this safari-style park in Williams, Ariz., an hour south of the Grand Canyon. Visitors drive through 160 acres, perhaps spotting arctic wolves, bighorn sheep, and black bears. With more than 150 animals on the site—half of them originally from rehab or rescue facilities—there's always something to see. In winter, bears may be hibernating, but other animals are perking up.

"Winter is the season for bison and wolves," says the park's Jocelyn Monteverde. "When it snows, the wolves romp and the bison kick up their feet."

See smaller critters such as otters, raccoon, and porcupines in the walk-through zoo. You'll leave with admiration for animals of all sizes—and with your car windows rolled up. (928) 635-2289, bearizona.com.

Photography courtesy of Bearizona

 

This article was first published in January 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.