North American mammals. While planning the trip I called and found out that Bear Country would provide a loaner car for those of us showing up on motorcycles. Bear Country is about 8 miles south of Rapid City, SD on US 16.
10 of us rode up on seven bikes to the front gate of Bear County at approximately 1:00 pm. We were warmly greeted, but told that they were down to one car and it was out. I explained that there were 10 of us and we all wanted to go at the same time. The young lady made a phone call and reported back to us that the owner would prepare the bus they have and use during the Sturgis Rally and he would take us at one time. We would need to visit the walking portion of Bear Country first for about 45 minutes while he got the bus ready. Normally one would drive through the park and then visit the gift shop and Babyland (zoo like exhibit with various animals, most young, but some adults.
We purchased our tickets and then rode up to the gift shop and Babyland. There were two adult grizzly bears in one exhibit. They were huge! Very impressive,
complete list of animals at Bear Country.
Elk were the first critters in the tour.
The owner actually stopped the bus and went over the small hill
to herd the Bighorn sheep where we could see him.
Reindeer just like Santa uses!The owner told us that the bear are feed 6 times a day near the road so that visitors can see them up close. He explained the various personalities of some of the bears and how they handle any bears that become overly aggressive.
Big boy!There was even a rare young white buffalo in the herd. The owner gave my son a small tuft of hair from the white buffalo.
American Bison with rare white buffalo.You can't ride you bike in Bear Country, but it is worth ride to Bear Country. We had a great time and my son really loved it. It is worth the time to stop and visit. I give Bear Country an A+