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Phoenix — By Heather Wright Schlichting on June 17, 2010 at 6:18 am
Filed under: Attractions, camping, family, featuredarticle, kids

Meet the Flintstones

amusement park, roadside attraction, campingIntroduce your kids to a bona fide Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the Flintstones in Bedrock City, a small theme park located south of the Grand Canyon.

Built in 1972, as a combination kitschy tourist stop and campground, Bedrock City offers kiddie rides, a dinosaur slide and go-kart track.  Have a cup of 5 cent coffee at Fred’s Diner and a Bronto Burger for $2.95.

Described by some as so bad, that it’s good.  Bedrock City stands out on a flat, windswept, rocky plateau that time has not been kind to, but definitely has a certain charm.  The décor is a bit garish with brighly-colored touch-up paint, but provides a chance to reminisce about one of the more famous cartoons of the 1960s.  All of the buildings including a general store, police station, post office, jail, beauty parlor and houses are barren, except for a few sturdy concrete items.

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Dinosaur slide at Bedrock City

For all of its eerie emptiness, this Bedrock is far from extinct. A Fredmobile tram loops in a circle and through Mt. St. Wilma (a volcano). The Bedrock Theater plays Flintstones cartoons with the audio broadcast over loud speakers. Flintstone character cutouts are available throughout the park for fun or should I say cheesy photo opps (Think holiday card).

If you have a sense of humor and can make fun out of any experience, this is the place for you.  Only a $5 admission, it’s a memorable stop that everyone can get a kick out of.  And remember, have a “yabba dabba doo” time!

Flintstones Bedrock City
Grand Canyon Hwy, Valle, AZ

From Phoenix – Take I17 north and merge onto I-40 west.  Take the Highway 64 exit toward Williams/Grand Canyon.  Turn right onto Highway 64 and continue 27 miles to Bedrock City.

Daily 6 am-sunset (summer), 7 am-sunset (winter)


$12 – camping for two; $1.50 for each additional person.  Utility hookups are extra.

Photos courtesy of flickr – dinosaur and fred

Tags: Attractions, camping, family, featuredarticle, kids

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