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Bear Country USA

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13820 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6581
+1 605-343-2290
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Great way to see wildlife, but can be hit-or-miss as far as activity

We really enjoyed going to Bear Country on our late-October road trip to South Dakota. It was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
This place was absolutely breath taking

Bears would walk right near your car, and the other wild life you get to see is incredible, it is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rapid City, South Dakota
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“drive thru” (161 reviews)
“baby animals” (159 reviews)
“wildlife park” (55 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 15:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
13820 S Highway 16, Rapid City, SD 57702-6581
+1 605-343-2290
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed going to Bear Country on our late-October road trip to South Dakota. It was amazing to be able to drive around and see the various types of animals right from your vehicle! We paid $17 for each adult in our car and...More

Thank KMW5280
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bears would walk right near your car, and the other wild life you get to see is incredible, it is well worth the money and more. I can't wait to go back.

Thank lunde84
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love wildlife, you'll love this mini-car safari. The bears, elk, foxes, etc come right beside your car. There is also a walking exhibits portion at the end. Great to sit and watch the cubs run and play.

Thank PhilAmyLou
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was more of an after thought to pass some time but it ended up being one of our favorite things. The bears and other animals walk right past your car. The best part though was to watch the baby bears in the small animal...More

Thank 754rebeccar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't know this place existed on our recent vacation to the USA and we wern't planning on going into the park as we had a rental car but talked with a local that assured us that the bears and other animals wouldn't climb on...More

Thank Belinda B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place for some up close interactions with some wild animals! You must stay in your vehicle with the windows up the whole time you are driving through this zoo, but it's still an amazing experience. We had two wolves licking the...More

Thank sbwpanda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't expect much here but the whole family enjoyed seeing the collection of wildlife here from bears, bison, wolves, mountain goats, big horned sheep, porcupines, beavers, martens, etc.

Thank roadie50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An enjoyable drive through the park, animals in clear view. This is a drive that you can really enjoy at your own pace. Highly recommend this if you love bear's.

Thank Nadia D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oh my I have never seen so many bears in one place. There are other animals to see but I was taken by the bears. Plenty of photo ops . There is also a small zoo to be enjoyed by everyone.

Thank PBenja
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were expecting this to be a bit hokey, but it was really amazing! We loved driving through and seeing all the bears doing their thing (we saw some of the other animals, but others were elusive). The end part where you walk around and...More

Thank Jennifer H
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Heather S
27 September 2017|
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Response from RhoJo73 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, your dog can be in the car. They do have a Pet Policy: "Bear Country U.S.A is proud to be a pet friendly facility. All pets are allowed to accompany their owners through the drive-thru portion of the park and in... More
20 September 2017|
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Response from kelliz5670 | Reviewed this property |
We went mid-morning and the animals were very active.
15 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.