Bearizona Drive-Through Animal Park in Williams, Ariz.

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This article originally appeared on My Grand Canyon

You may only have one opportunity in your life to see a white buffalo. Make it happen by visiting Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, Ariz., on Route 66 just 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Born in 2017, the white buffalo is named "Wonder." But she is just one of about 250 North American animals, including bears and wolves, you’ll spot as you drive the park's three-mile loop.

White bison calf with its mom at Bearizona
White bison calf with its mom at BearizonaPhoto courtesy of Kari St. Clair Bearizona

"You can see the animals up-close that you normally couldn't," says Diana Roggenbuck of Bearizona. "We rescue about 50 percent of our animals and give them homes when they no longer can live in the wild. It's about education and fun."

Afterwards, stroll Fort Bearizona Walking Area that includes smaller animals, grizzly bears, jaguars and daily animal encounters. In the Canyonlands Restaurant, you'll find canyon walls, ancient-looking ruins and soaring wood-carved eagles.

"It's an attraction on its own,” says Roggenbuck who adds there are great views of the jaguar enclosure from the restaurant.

The restaurant serves everything from burgers to salads and sandwiches and feature two bars. The best part? Food is served quickly, giving you more time in the park.

Bearizona's new Canyonlands Restaurant
Bearizona’s new Canyonlands RestaurantCourtesy Kari St. Clair Bearizona

"Every time you drive through, you'll see something different, be it a bear on the road, in a tree or wolves howling," says Roggenbuck who reminds passengers to stay in their cars with doors and windows closed.

For more information:
(928) 635-2289
1500 E. Rout 66, Williams, AZ 86046

Bearizona Wolves
Wolves. Courtesy Bearizona
Bearizona Raptor Program in Williams, Arizona
A volunteer from the audience helps with the Raptor Program. Courtesy City of Williams
Panther enclosure at Bearizona in Williams, Arizona
The panther enclosure visible from the restaurant at Bearizona. Courtesy City of Williams

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