Best Place to See a Bear Phoenix 2012 - Bearizona
Take the terror out of spotting a black bear alone in the wilderness and view it like we do — from inside the security of our own vehicle.Thirty miles west of Flagstaff, in Williams, entrepreneur Sean Casey has turned 160 acres into a rugged but manicured drive-through wilderness park featuring rescued bears and other mountain wildlife, à la Jurassic Park. We've gotten a kick out of seeing bears, bison, and wolves up close since Bearizona opened in May 2010. But please don't get out of your car to pet the bison, like one group of Red Hat Society ladies tried to do. These are wild animals. We did hear that the women made it out safely, thanks to the roving employees and cameras all around the park scoping out any dangerous wildlife or human roguery.After the two-mile drive through the wildlife habitats, park your car and head into the walking portion of the zoo, featuring bear cubs born at the zoo, javelina, and foxes, among others. Don't miss the birds of prey show and be sure to sit toward the center of the audience for an extra special thrill. Giant raptors skim their feet just inches above your head.