Bear Country USA | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA
Bear Country USA

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Very few people have had a full-grown black bear look in the window of their family car, or if they have, it was not by choice. Even fewer have seen a reindeer or a elk up close. However, many people are getting experiences like these at Bear Country U.S.A. in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Nestled over 200 acres amidst towering pines and along rolling meadows just eight miles south of Rapid City, Bear Country U.S.A. offers visitors intimate views of most North American mammals. Visitors take a leisurely three-mile drive through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, dall sheep, pronghorn and buffalo.

At this “the home of the largest collection of privately owned black bear in the world”, Bear Country U.S.A. guests are guaranteed to see more than they bargained for. From the comfort of their own car, visitors watch as these clowns of nature frolic in a pool, climb trees and amble across the road in front of their vehicle.

Directions

Bear Country USA – 13820 S. Highway 16 – Rapid City, SD 57702

From Rapid City, take Mt. Rushmore Road/ S Highway 16 towards Keystone (8 miles).

From Mt. Rushmore, take US-16 ALT/Iron Mt. Road into Keystone. Remain on U-16 ALT and merge right onto US-16 E (12miles).

From I90 East of Rapid City, take exit #61/MT. Rushmore (US-16 TRUCK). Turn left on N. Elk Vale Rd (US-16BYP) (5.5 miles). Continue on N Elk Vale Rd (US-16BYP W) which turns into E. Catron Blvd (3.4 miles). Turn left on S Highway 16 (4.9 miles)

From I90 West of Rapid City, take I-90 Business Loop Exit 57 towards the city center. Turn left at the first light onto Omaha street. Turn Right at the first light onto Mt. Rushmore Road. Continue you on Mt. Rushmore Road/S. Highway 16 towards Keystone (9.5 miles)

From South Hwy 79, take the Elk Vale Rd exit and bear left onto on Elk Vale Rd (US-16BYP W) which turns into E. Catron Blvd (3.4 miles). Turn left on S Highway 16 (4.9 miles).