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Bear Country USA

#3 of 70 things to do in Rapid City Features Animals
13820 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6581
+1 605-343-2290
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We drove through with the intention of just having a relaxing drive, and we were right. The animals... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Amanda B
So many bears!!!!

Our family loved Bear Country. So many different types of animals to see. Having them walk next the... read more

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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 2017 season on April 8th weather permitting, check our website for more complete dates and hours.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“drive thru” (154 reviews)
“wildlife park” (55 reviews)
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Hours Today: 07:30 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
13820 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6581
+1 605-343-2290
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Reviewed yesterday

We drove through with the intention of just having a relaxing drive, and we were right. The animals in the park were fun to watch, even though we drove through in mid-afternoon, and the heat had some of the animals just laying around, instead of...More

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our family loved Bear Country. So many different types of animals to see. Having them walk next the car was fun. Go early as the animals are more active especially on hot days. The snack was reasonably priced. Loved the baby bears. Gift shop was...More

Thank JenKE23
Reviewed 2 days ago

Two adults and one 12 year old cost $45. it took us about 30 to 40 minutes to get through the drive and we spent another hour walking through the rest of the animal exhibits. the animals appear to be well-cared for and healthy, which...More

Thank eric b
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The beginning animals were underwhelming, but the bears were fun to see and watch. As well, at the end, there is a place you can get out and view other animals and baby bears (the most fun to watch!). The bathrooms were all kept. It...More

Thank Becky M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started. Immediately, I was blown away. The animals were everywhere and so close! The wolf chose to lay in the road making us drive around it and giving us an amazing look. I was really excited as...More

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

All in all this is a great stop. It was a little expensive but I would highly recommend stopping. Only thing that takes away from the park is how many people are actually there with long lines waiting to take photos and photo opportunities. Other...More

Thank Josh S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our 4th visit since May 1 says it all! Different viewings have time. Get there early for more active animals. The gift shop is filled with unique items. Grandparents will live it. The bear Cubs put on quite a show. A DEFINITE MUST SEE while...More

Thank Dave M
Reviewed 3 days ago

A little pricey. Drive-thru and "cages" saddened us. The baby bear area was dirty and had an unpleasant smell. Lots of great things to do in the Black Hills. Don't waste your time, or money here.

2  Thank dakota6657
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went today and loved every minute. It was incredible to see the animals up close and get to experience them. The only thing I wish was that we could have driven through again (other places around let you come back throughout your stay, this...More

Thank daisy13Georgia
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This drive through wildlife park is amazing. Our family loved seeing all the animals roam free, but the highlight was the bears. They were all over. We enjoyed watching them and seeing them up close. Once we were done with the drive through section, we...More

Thank DL P
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14 April 2017|
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Response from spiritwheels | Reviewed this property |
The cost is $17 per person and $11 for kids age 12 and under. There are various other discounts that you can find on the Bear Country web page.
Paula U
27 February 2017|
Response from GAIL B | Reviewed this property |
The vehicle with the 2 adults $17.00 each and the 17 year old (also adult) $17.00 would be a total of $51.00. The vehicle with the 3 adults $17.00 each, the one 17 year old (also adult) $17.00 and 12 year old (child) $11.00... More
12 January 2017|
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Response from Pandamonium1362 | Reviewed this property |
I learned it was better to go first thing AM -- check to see when it opens since it varies. The first time I went it was about 10 am. By then it was 80-ish degrees and too hot for some of the animals to be active especially... More