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Bear Country USA
13820 South Hwy. 16
Rapid City
SD
57702
Tel: 605 343-2290

Where are we going today?

The USA has some pretty incredible icons when it comes to the wildlife that live here, but how many of these species have you actually seen up close?

Well, at Bear Country USA you can see some of these amazing creatures from the safety of your vehicle in this unique drive through wildlife park right in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota!

Bear Country USA is 200 acres of amazing meadows and pines, just 8 miles from Rapid City. Here, families can enjoy close up views of most mammals found in North America. It's also the home of the largest collection of privately owned black bears in the entire world, so you just might be in for a treat!

As you enjoy the leisurely 3 mile drive, kids will love spotting the wildlife outside of the window. Perhaps you will see the reindeer, elk and deer running past, or those cheeky rocky mountain goats doing their thing.

How many Bighorn Sheep can you spot? Perhaps you are too busy looking at the pronghorn and the buffalo to notice!

With bobcats, cougars and dall sheep adding to the amazing list of animals that can be found, it's no wonder it's such a popular attraction for those wildlife loving families!

Of course, let's not forget about those black bears, who just might come up to your window to have a look!

Don't miss the Wildlife Walk area too, where kids can really enjoy some animal encounters, and maybe even have some fun with the temporary tattoos!

If you love animals, then you might want to add Bear Country USA to your list of must-dos on your next family day out - it's WILD!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$16
  • Children$10 (ages 5-12)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

8am - 10am open, 3pm - 6pm close, check ahead!

Open Spring to late November. Closed Thanksgiving

Teachers corner

They take programs to classrooms, and they also hold camps over summer!.

Any Top Tips?

Take a camera! Just be careful to stay in the vehicle .

Need a little extra help?

You are in your own vehicle, so if you are okay in there, you'll be find on the safari!.

More information

The rates listed are for individuals, but they have a maximum cap of $60 per car.

What people are saying?

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    Im a zoo volunteer and animal lover so Im pro well handled captivity and conservation. I can honestly say this place at the needs to be investigated and regulated and preferably needs to be SHUT DOWN. It seems very friendly and very clean at first but if you know anything about animals and their natural needs you'll be very shocked be this place and wonder how it has had a horrible accident yet.Having 60 plus bears in one enclosure is not safe for visitors or the animals! Ive never seen so many bears in one place. This doesn't happen in the wild....Read More

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    Total rip. There were no animals in September. They said they were "hiding in the grass". We asked if we could get a free return and they said no. Full minivan. Lost almost $100. What a rip.

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    Bear Country USA - Rapid City - South Dakota, was a spur of the moment decision to visit. We were glad we did, even though it was July 4th and 90 degrees. Staff at check in were kind enough to instruct us of their business and that it may be a 2 hour tour through the park. It was sort of stop and go at points where the animals were. It only took us about an hour and fifteen to twenty minutes and we stopped and took several pictures. The park is well done, providing natural habitat for the animals. The staff was very cognizant of the heat of the...Read More

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    Not sure why people rate it so negatively. Had a much better experience here compared to reptile gardens.
    The small/baby animal area was awesome and was almost worth the entry fee alone. We got to watch baby black bears play and wrestle while the keepers were telling us about them. Definitely could watch them all day. The park is super clean and looks really professional. the gift shop is one of the better ones in the area.
    People saying the animals look sick have to realize that in the summer they are in the process of losing their thick coats...Read More

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    $50 for a family to wait in a traffic jam while on vacation. You definitely get close to the animals, but they are sluggish, usually sleeping or hiding in tall grass. I recommend saving your time / money unless you have very small children.

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by Sam Metz

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Im a zoo volunteer and animal lover so Im pro well handled captivity and conservation. I can honestly say this place at the needs to be investigated and regulated and preferably needs to be SHUT DOWN. It seems very friendly and very clean at first but if you know anything about animals and their natural needs you'll be very shocked be this place and wonder how it has had a horrible accident yet.Having 60 plus bears in one enclosure is not safe for visitors or the animals! Ive never seen so many bears in one place. This doesn't happen in the wild. Ive also seen many complaints about visitors witnessing fighting and being present for animals being put down while stuck in the tragic Cubs taken from the mothers and uncontrolled breeding is not animal friendly. Zoos don't even breed Black or Grizzly Bears because theres so many orphans they end up taking in each year and this place breeds them like rabbits? I can believe someone hasn't been seriously injured or killed. From what I saw, in my honest opinion of the facility and the drive thur is that the animals happiness,heath and needs of being in natural settings are NOT a concern for this place. This isn't a zoo or a sanctuary, don't call it that, its a MONEY TRAP.

by Ted Pittman

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Bear Country USA - Rapid City - South Dakota, was a spur of the moment decision to visit. We were glad we did, even though it was July 4th and 90 degrees. Staff at check in were kind enough to instruct us of their business and that it may be a 2 hour tour through the park. It was sort of stop and go at points where the animals were. It only took us about an hour and fifteen to twenty minutes and we stopped and took several pictures. The park is well done, providing natural habitat for the animals. The staff was very cognizant of the heat of the day and tending to the needs of the animals. We enjoyed our drive through the park, seeing animals like BigHorn Sheep, Elk in velvet, Black and Brown Bears, Antelope, Cougars, etc - unless you are a hunter, I don't think you'd ever to get to see these majestic animals so "up close and personal". The walk through "babyland" near the visitors center and gift shop, is a real treat - we especially enjoyed the antics of the 8-10 bear cubs frolicking in their grassy area.

Bear Country USA is a 200 acre, privately managed wildlife park - nestled amidst towering pines - I think you'll enjoy the 3 mile drive through the park and the majestic animals that are housed there, I know we did. Enjoy.

by Brad Patras

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Not sure why people rate it so negatively. Had a much better experience here compared to reptile gardens.
The small/baby animal area was awesome and was almost worth the entry fee alone. We got to watch baby black bears play and wrestle while the keepers were telling us about them. Definitely could watch them all day. The park is super clean and looks really professional. the gift shop is one of the better ones in the area.
People saying the animals look sick have to realize that in the summer they are in the process of losing their thick coats which is why they look kinda unkempt. The entry fee for my girlfriend and I was 32 dollars which is definitely reasonable. Would definitely go again.

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