Bear Country USA

This is Bear Country

Do you think national parks like Yellowstone are the only place you can catch a rare glimpse of a black bear? Think again!

Did you know you can drive on Bear Country’s scenic 3 mile path and observe the bears from the safety of your own car?

The best part is that these bears aren’t in cages like at your traditional zoo.

In Bear Country USA, they roam the grounds around you, so it’s as if you’re seeing them in their natural habitat. Bear Country holds both black bears and grizzly bears.

Come observe the massive black bear population, with males reaching 450 pounds and females 400 pounds. The more aggressive of the species, the grizzly bear, can be seen foraging for food or climbing trees along Bear Country’s many trails. So pack up the car and head on out to where the bears roam freely about.

Not Just for the Bears

Dall SheepYou don’t have to be a bear enthusiast to visit Bear Country. Visitors can view the elusive arctic wolf, who hails from the vast tundra of the northern lands and makes prey of caribou and musk ox. Or the curled, thick horns of the Dall sheep as they ascend the steep and rocky cliffs. Visitors can also marvel at the affable river otters as they play.

There are over 20 species of mammals that wander the 250 acres of the drive-thru park. They have everything from massive buffalo and elk to the smaller raccoons and red foxes, all of which you can view from the seat your car. Soak up the vast landscape and the animals roaming about on the range.

Oh Baby

baby bearsTake the little ones to see the little ones at Bear Country’s Babyland. The whole family can get out of the car and interact with the animals, and you can also participate in one of the many daily activities the park has to offer. The cubs are born in January and stay with their mothers for eight weeks, and then they are transferred to Babyland, where they’re bottle-fed for another 6 to 8 weeks.

Every Spring, visitors can get up-close-and-personal encounter with the newest bear cubs.

Wildlife at Your Fingertips

You don’t have to traverse the countryside on foot anymore to see some of the country’s greatest mammals roaming freely. You also don’t have to take that long trip out west to the Rockies or the Pacific coast to catch rare glimpses of the North American wildlife. All you have to do is take a trip to South Dakota’s Bear Country, where you can experience the landscape teeming with wildlife from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Location & Hours

Bear Country USA is located at 13820 U.S. 16, Rapid City, SD and it’s open from May to Late November. Summer hours are from 8 am until 6 pm, and they vary depending on the season. Ticket prices per person range from $7 to $16, check actual prices here.

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