Montana Grizzly Encounter
Montana Grizzly Encounter
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Montana Grizzly Encounter is a grizzly bear rescue and educational sanctuary.
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  • Mary
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bears!
    This was a fantastic experience. Unlike the bears in Yellowstone Park, these bears were rescued and lived in a secure setting. The guide was a young woman who gave a most interesting talk about the bears in their care but also a safety talk should you encounter a bear ( which is not unusual in Montana!). We got to see the bears up close and watch them play. The bear that was out in the compound the day we visited was called Max and he resounded to his name! It was lovely and educational and I would highly recommend for every age!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Alex F
    Florida163 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beary Worth the Stop
    Definitely worth making the stop for! Learned a ton about bears and got to see two of the three in the sanctuary, Bella and Max. It looks a little touristy and run down on the outside but it’s a really nice facility that is doing amazing work rescuing not only bears but other animals. Plan on spending about an hour or so.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 July 2023
  • rebmarchpa
    Newtown, Pennsylvania21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit to get up close to a Grizzly
    We had just been to Yellowstone and didn’t see any bears so it was an opportunity to get reasonably close to one and get some info about them. The young man giving the talk obviously knew his stuff but it was a little disturbing when he mentioned that he likes to hunt Black Bears, perhaps not the best audience for this info. Otherwise it was worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Bobbiann H
    Orlando, Florida50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The bears were cute to watch play
    It was fun to see Bella playing in the water and watching the switch to Maggi, who adorably was licking jelly off a rock. The price isn't bad for what you get. It is small with really only the one viewing area to see. The young man speaking first was easy to hear, and I was impressed with how patient he was. I heard him explain the answer to the same two questions no less than four times as people flowed in and out. Each time was like it had never been asked and as someone in hospitality that can be hard to consistently achieve. The next person to speak was a younger woman, and it was harder to hear her. She also came off bored in her tone as she shared information. I ended up having to leave another tour that was running long early to hit my 2pm ticket time. It would appear that was not necessary as there isn't a structured tour or talk. People were coming and going on a flow. I wish the open entry time entry time had been clearer. I wouldn't have rushed. I certainly could have missed something, but the scheduled in time seemed unnecessary with the demand of that day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Roy G
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grizzly Encounters a must do when in Bozeman
    Amazing experience and for a great cause too. I was lucky enough to see Maggie and Max on my visit. Energetic, intelligent and curious animals. You will not be disappointed. Our tour guide Hunter was also very engaging and happy to answer questions. So, you’ll learn a lot. Highly recommend see these incredible grizzly bears!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 October 2023
  • Andy A
    Dyer, Indiana31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bear seeing at its best!
    Wonderful experience seeing bears up close safely. The bears are well cared for and rescues from the wild. Staff is welcoming and very informative. We learned a lot about bears in general and bear safety. Went back a second day to see a different bear. Easy drive from Bozeman. Highly recommend this experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
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Ann P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Not worth money ,one bear in closure.would not recommend for 13.50 per adult. Internet makes it sound bigger has small parking lot.
Written 1 June 2024
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eillens697
Benton, Tennessee3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
we waited at the payment drive up window to purchase tickets, no one came so we slowly proceeded thru the lot to the last spot next to the gift shop- hat when a very rude employee came up to our accused us of not stopping at the gate/window to get our tickets. Being repeat visitors and FORMER donors we know you have to go thru the gift shop to see the exhibit so we figured we would pay there.
Written 1 March 2024
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Kristi N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place is great. True compassion for the bears that unfortunately cannot be released into the wild. The bears were so playful and entertaining!
Written 10 February 2024
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MenaLisa K
Asheville, NC12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This may be called a sanctuary, but when the bears are kept in an enclosed concrete den for 90% of the day, I call it a zoo. The 3 bears are let out each day for an average of 2 hours a day. Sometimes more. The lecture was informative, but the speaker could not have sounded or looked more bored.
Written 25 October 2023
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Andy A
Dyer, IN31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wonderful experience seeing bears up close safely. The bears are well cared for and rescues from the wild. Staff is welcoming and very informative. We learned a lot about bears in general and bear safety. Went back a second day to see a different bear. Easy drive from Bozeman. Highly recommend this experience.
Written 22 October 2023
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AEOtravels
96 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We drove all the way out of our way to visit. Everywhere online said they were open and after the hour plus drive we showed up and they were closed for maintenance. Really wished they would update their google, trip advisor, and other pages to say temporarily closed. Two hours wasted on our short vacation and very upset kids.
Written 9 October 2023
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Roy G
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Amazing experience and for a great cause too. I was lucky enough to see Maggie and Max on my visit. Energetic, intelligent and curious animals. You will not be disappointed. Our tour guide Hunter was also very engaging and happy to answer questions. So, you’ll learn a lot. Highly recommend see these incredible grizzly bears!
Written 6 October 2023
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53rb53
Prince George, VA247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The opportunity to see grizzly bears up close can’t be missed. We spent over an hour just watching the bear that was enjoying playing in the enclosure. Great and informative talk by the guide.
Written 28 September 2023
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Bobbiann H
Orlando, FL50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
It was fun to see Bella playing in the water and watching the switch to Maggi, who adorably was licking jelly off a rock. The price isn't bad for what you get.

It is small with really only the one viewing area to see. The young man speaking first was easy to hear, and I was impressed with how patient he was. I heard him explain the answer to the same two questions no less than four times as people flowed in and out. Each time was like it had never been asked and as someone in hospitality that can be hard to consistently achieve. The next person to speak was a younger woman, and it was harder to hear her. She also came off bored in her tone as she shared information.

I ended up having to leave another tour that was running long early to hit my 2pm ticket time. It would appear that was not necessary as there isn't a structured tour or talk. People were coming and going on a flow. I wish the open entry time entry time had been clearer. I wouldn't have rushed. I certainly could have missed something, but the scheduled in time seemed unnecessary with the demand of that day.
Written 26 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

rebmarchpa
Newtown, PA21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We had just been to Yellowstone and didn’t see any bears so it was an opportunity to get reasonably close to one and get some info about them. The young man giving the talk obviously knew his stuff but it was a little disturbing when he mentioned that he likes to hunt Black Bears, perhaps not the best audience for this info. Otherwise it was worth a visit.
Written 21 September 2023
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