Bear Country USA, Rapid City

4.4
Set on over 101 hectares (250 acres) in the Black Hills, Bear Country USA hosts a large collection of North American mammals, particularly black bears. The park's animals generally move unhindered through outdoor exhibits. You'll see that the site is not a zoo, but rather a 4.8 km (3 mi) open air "safari" experience you can tour by car. Don't miss the park's special Babyland exhibit, where young animals and smaller species, such as the resident population of bear cubs, can often be seen playing. Put Bear Country USA on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rapid City online driving holiday planner.
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  • We go to see the bear cubs at the beginning of the season. We love to watch them grown during the year, by visiting several times. The gift shop is fabulous and the drive through the compound is...  more »
  • Bear Country USA was a great place to visit! We enjoyed seeing wildlife up close! Many of the animals were active. We saw longhorn sheep, bison, bears, mountain goat, reindeer, arctic fox, and elk...  more »
  • Went here this summer and it was so much fun. The bears came right up to our cars, loved it! Definitely want to go again  more »
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  • We had a great experience here. Way more than just bears. Was initially concerned we wouldn't get to see all the animals but the path is good and you get to see the whole space. All of the animals were amazing and right by your vehicle. Thought a reindeer was going to challenge my truck! Nice zoo area afterwards to walk around and learn and see more. This is great, especially with kids or if you were not lucky in seeing wildlife in the area.
  • I highly recommend visiting Bear Country USA! What an amazing experience! Bear, wolves, and elk walk right next to your car. The bears are very entertaining to watch. At the end of the driving trail, you have to take the walking path to see the baby animals! The bear Cubs are adorable and so hilarious as they play together and climb trees and swim.
  • It's really cool to see all the animals and bears!!! The gift shop is great as well. I only recommend though to go right when it opens in the summer when it's cool and not so hot and busy. Cars can be lined up and you can be sitting in one spot for a long time. But it's worth it to take nice pictures
  • Well worth the time to stop. We prefer first thing in the morning as the animals seem more active. We have four kids and all enjoyed the stop. Bear Country was a fun stop all ages in our family. We've seen bears in zoos before, but this was much better. Would stop here again.
  • Bear Country USA was the highlight of our family trip. There are tons of animals to drive through and look at. It's not often you get to be that close to so many bears. The real highlight for us was after the driving part when you get to walk through the smaller animal exhibits. We were able to toss food to younger bears that had been born only a few months before. They were amazingly cute! We highly recommend Bear Country USA if you are in or visiting the area.
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