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Bear Country USA, Rapid City

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Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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  • This took a good 3 hours as they were very busy. Be prepared to be creeping or stopped for the majority of the experience. It was a neat 1 time experience. My 15 year old son loved it. I would rate...  more »
  • You must go here if you have children. OK, up front - you encounter some people going stupid slow on the driving tour portion of this. Enough to exceed anyone's patience. However, during the driving....  more »
  • 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.
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