See Bears in the Wild at Bearizona

If you love to see wildlife, a great place to visit is Bearizona, a drive-through wildlife park located on I-40 just 25 miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona in Williams, Arizona. See burros, bison, big horn and dall sheep and wild bear roaming the 158 acre park all from the comfort of your own vehicle. The 3.5 mile driving tour includes a circular drive through the bear exhibit with black and brown bears roam freely through the forest wilderness. At the end of the driving tour, you can park your car and walk through the young animal exhibit. Currently on display are 2 young bear cubs, 3 wolf pups and 2 bobcat cubs in the walk-through exhibit. The park is open during day-light hours, 7 days per week. The park opened on May 23, 2010 and allowed local residents a free tour of the drive-through park. Cost for entrance into the park during the 2010 season is $5.00 for children between the ages of 4-12, and $11.00 for adults. Children under the age of 4 are free. This cost is half price during the opening year but will increase for 2011. This wonderful park is definitely worth a visit!

Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum

Another very unique and interesting place to visit in the Tucson area is the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. The Museum is a zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden all rolled into one. See desert plants, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates native to the Sonoran Desert as well as minerals and even a cave dwelling typically found in desert locations in Arizona. The park has gift shops and restaurants so you can easily spend the day exploring the various trails around the park.

To reach the Museum, take the Speedway exit off of I-10 and drive 12 miles west to Kinney Road. Turn right on Kinney Road and drive for 2.5 miles. The entrance to the museum will be on your left. Cost of admission between September and May is $13 for adults and $4.25 for children between the ages of 6-12. Summer rates between June and August are cheaper with admission after 4:00 P.M. only $6.00 for adults and $2.25 for children between 6-12. Park opening and closing times also vary by season so call or check their website at for information before going to the park.