This weekend, I kind of kidnapped husband for a mini getaway to the Grand Canyon. It was just what we needed --a chance to relax and see new sights!

Saturday's first stop was at Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, which had been on my our Arizona To Do list for some time.

Entrance to Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

Bearizona has 2 parts: a 3-mile drive-through wildlife park and Fort Bearizona, a walk-through park with smaller animals.

We arrived shortly after opening, which was the perfect time --only 3 other vehicles were making the rounds and it was around feeding time, which is when the animals are super active.

Rocky Mountain Goats, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Rocky Mountain Goats, we got to see these guys chasing each other in circles and butting heads.

American Burro eating hay, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
American Burro

American Burro, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
This burro was standing asleep in the middle of the road until we pulled up right next to him/her and said 'Hello'.

American Bison, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
American Bison

American Bison eating hay, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"Should I sit in it or eat it? Hey, I can sit in it AND eat it! ....this is awkward without pants on."

Our favorite section: the Alaskan Tundra Wolves. They were really curious. Or hungry. Probably the same thing to them. The Wolves and Bears exhibit require you to close your windows and lock your doors.

Alaskan Tundra Wolf, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"Human, I bet you're tasty." --Prime example of why windows are supposed to be closed in this section.

Alaskan Tundra Wolf, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"Let me in."

Alaskan Tundra Wolf, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"I just want to nibble on your face. Just a little."

Arctic Wolves, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Arctic Wolves

Arctic Wolf rolling on the ground, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Rolling around on the ground.

Dall Sheep, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Dall Sheep

White Bison, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
White Bison

Bison, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

White Bison, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Windows up, doors locked! The Black Bears might steal your picnic basket!

Black Bear, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

Black Bears play fighting, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"Carl, you are standing in my personal space!"

Black bears play fighting, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"But I love you, man. I just want to give you a bear hug."

Black Bear sitting, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

Black bear sitting, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Bearing it all. No shame.

Black bear sitting, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
After our first drive through, we headed into Fort Bearizona to view the smaller animals.

Arctic Fox, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Arctic Fox

Badger, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Badger --probably plotting.

Peacock, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Grooming. So vain. Typical male.

red fox, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Red fox.

smiling raccoon, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Smiling raccoon. Probably also plotting.

raccoon drinking water, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

raccoon climbing tree, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

Canadian Lynx, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Canadian Lynx --check out those HUGE paws!

Sleeping porcupine, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Sleeping porcupine.

Bearizona recently had baby bear cubs born in January. They aren't big enough to move on their own so they are kept in an incubator for certain hours of the day.

baby bear cubs sleeping in incubator, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
AHHHHHHHHHHH. SOOOOO CUTE.

baby bear cub yawning sleeping incubator, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Paparazzi shot!

baby bear cub sleeping in incubator, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

baby bear kindergarten play fighting, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Bears, playing Craps... for picnic baskets.

baby bear cubs kindergarten play fighting, Fort Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"Ow Fred! Not so hard or I'm telling mom!"

We did the drive through loop a second time --which must've been after the animals had been fed. Most of them were laying around as if they were too stuffed to move.

black bear sitting, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona

black bear sitting, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"HA! HA! HA!"

black bear sitting, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
"HEY! Who said you could take my picture?"

black bear splashing swimming bathing, Bearizona Wildlife drive through Park, Williams, AZ Arizona
Splish, splash, Bear was taking a bath.


St. Patty's bear

Bearizona is absolutely a can't miss in Arizona! We can't say enough good things about it.

After Bearizona, we did a quick trip to downtown Historic Williams. Route 66 runs right through this area and it is loaded with Route 66 kicks.

Downtown Historic Williams on Route 66, AZ, Arizona

Classic gas station cafe, Downtown Historic Williams on Route 66, AZ, Arizona

Signs, Memorabilia, Downtown Historic Williams on Route 66, AZ, Arizona

Address: 1500 W Rte 66, Williams, AZ
Fees: Free (Children 3 & under), $10 (Children 4-12), $20 (Adults), $18 (Seniors 62+)
Website: bearizona.com