Williams-Grand Canyon News
|The Bearizona Wild Ride Shuttle waits for passengers in the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce parking lot. Ryan Williams/WGCN|
Traveling between Bearizona Wildlife Park and Williams is now easier because of a new daily shuttle.
Bearizona started the shuttle from three Williams locations to the park on May 24. The Wild Ride Shuttle stops at Denny's, the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Forest Service Visitor Center and Wild West Junction. The shuttle is free, but regular Bearizona rates apply.
Bearizona Operations Manager Jocelyn Monteverde said park officials started the shuttle because they saw a need for it.
"There were some people that would come in through the train or might not have vehicles in town, so we thought it would be a great idea," she said. "It's also a great advertisement for Bearizona, just driving it around."
The shuttle can fit about 20 people.
The shuttle's pick up schedule is: Denny's at 10:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:10 p.m. and 2:10 p.m.; Chamber/Visitor Center at 10:20 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:20 p.m. and 2:20 p.m.; and Wild West Junction at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The shuttle's drop off schedule is: Denny's at 12:10 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:10 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.; Chamber/Visitor Center at 12:20 p.m., 1:20 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 4:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.; and Wild West Junction at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Also new this year is Bearizona's open-air bus, called the Wild Ride VIP Tour. The bus is almost windowless, besides some small plexiglass windows to protect the riders from animals.
"It's guided, so you get kind of a backstage VIP tour of the park by one of our staff members," Monteverde said. "It's great for photo opportunities because there are no windows and if you drive through regularly, you have to keep your windows up in the wolves and the bears."
The Wild Ride VIP Tour runs at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The tour usually takes between 45 minutes and one hour.
Visitors to Bearizona will see some of the park's newest arrivals. The park welcomed five new lambs the first week of May. Two dall sheep lambs and three bighorn sheep lambs are currently on exhibit at the park. Animal births at Bearizona could continue until July.
Bearizona Wildlife Park is at 1500 E. Route 66. More information is available at (928) 635-2289.