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Bear Country USA

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Address: 13820 S Hwy 16, Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone Number: +1 605-343-2290
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile drive through this unique North American Wildlife...

Enjoy a leisurely 2-mile drive through this unique North American Wildlife park nestled on 250 acres of Black Hills Beauty. From the comfort of your vehicle view black bears, wolves, elk, buffalo and other wildlife! After your drive-through tour, walk around wildlife loop where young and smaller animals frolic in the outdoors. Don't miss the Baby Bears! Dine at the Cub Grub Snack Shack or shop in the Bear's Den Gift Shop. Open May through November, weather permitting. -- Open for 2016 season on April 16th, check our website for more complete dates and hours.

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We've been to bear country a few times already and it never disappoints. The animals are so close and the experience is worth the hefty price.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been to bear country a few times already and it never disappoints. The animals are so close and the experience is worth the hefty price.

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Greensboro, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's totally AMAZING to drive through and see the animals in their environment. We took so many pictures! The walk through after the drive was great too. We loved seeing the best cubs playing. Adorable!

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harbour island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good way to spend an afternoon, it's nice to drive thru the park and see the animals, the best are the bears.

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Buckeye, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So my wife is a bear freak. Her bucket list consist of one thing, to kiss a bear on the nose. Now, we know how that story will end, so if it is the last thing on her list, that would be fine. However, as we came to Bear Country USA, we found out they have a baby bear program... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Most of the animals were laying around sleeping but was fun to drive close to them. The walk around area with the bear cubs was very fun to watch!

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Knife River, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a fun time watching all of the animals there. Unfortunately there is not much time to stop to take photos. When we were ready to exit, there was one large bear that kept crossing the road back and forth so it was quite a while before we could sneak through. It was quite hilarious.

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Hudson, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The bear cubs were sucking on each other's ears, which at first glance is cute. Unfortunately the reason they do this is because they are removed from their mothers too soon. Bears are not meant to be bred so they can entertain tourists.

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were absolutely excited to drive through the Bear Country. My daughter and I are animal people and were freaking out when an animal would come up and actually touch my car such as the bears, the wolves and the buffalo. We are from Wisconsin but as we walked through the "walking area" we enjoyed talking to a family from... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had no expectations and were looking forward to seeing the bears. They had the area marked off accordingly for different animals. White wolves, elk horn sheep and being in your vehicle was awesome!! Safe. The last leg was bears of all kinds scratching itching and hanging out with tourists taking pictures. The last leg was for smaller kids to... More 

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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unbelievably close views of many different animals. I'm nut sure who enjoyed it more, the 5 year old grandkids or my husband. The interaction of the animals was a surprise... no sleeping hidden animals like in a zoo!

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