July 2022 Update: The new owners have decided to keep Bedrock City open indefinitely! Visit their website for up-to-date information.
Just a few miles south of the Grand Canyon is a place where you can, at least for a few more weeks, step into the fanciful past of the Flintstones, the modern stone age family. This is Bedrock City.
This colorful town isn’t from the stone age, but actually 1972, and was built in Valle, Arizona as a companion park to the one build in Custer, South Dakota, which was built in 1966, and closed back in 2015. Sadly, this one in Arizona is about to face extinction too. Linda Spreckles, wife of Francis Spreckles who originally brought the park to life and passed away several decades ago, put the park up for sale in 2015, and sold it to new owners who have plans to demolish the faux prehistoric city inspired by the 1960s Hanna-Barbara cartoon, The Flintstones, and build Raptor Ranch, a park that will serve as home for birds of prey. The new owners originally closed the property in January of this year, but decided to reopen it for one more summer. So, because this place is really about to become a thing of the past, we took loads of photos! Even including one of the elusive Patrick!
Thankfully the new owners won’t be entirely forgetting the property’s past and plan on keeping the the Flintstone home, the Rubble home, volcano, woolly mammoth, saber-tooth cat, some of the photo opts, some vehicles, and the dino slide so visitors can recreate Fred’s famous moment of when he gets off work.
Bedrock City also used to have “Fred’s Diner” but it has since shuttered, and the area now used for storage, however the adjoining campground, complete with “Wilma’s Laundry” is still operating.
As mentioned, this place is only around for a few more weeks. When we asked they said construction will begin next month! So take a step back in time at Bedrock City while you can, at 101 S. Highway 180 in Valle, Arizona.