Barney in Bedrock City.

Flintstones Bedrock City

Field review by the editors.

Williams, Arizona

Although the Bedrock City in Custer, South Dakota, was well-maintained and freshly painted, it was in un-stone-age South Dakota -- only open in the summer. Even worse, in April 2019 it was bulldozed.

That's why America is lucky to have a second Bedrock City, closed only on Christmas, in northern Arizona. With 365-days-a-year camping, this is a place for those who savor the Stone Age year-round. You haven't really traveled until you've spent a dark, cold, snowy afternoon in January at a cement recreation of a 1960s cartoon.

Fossil Fuel.

Arizona's Bedrock City stands out on a flat, windswept, rocky plateau south of the Grand Canyon. Built in 1972, it originally had a live Fred and Barney like the Bedrock in Custer -- but the isolation of the site and the lack of local workers eventually made that impractical. The isolation also meant that this Bedrock City has retained more of its original lumpy charm.

All of the buildings -- a general store, police station, post office, jail, beauty parlor, houses -- are barren, except for a few sturdy concrete items. They're painted in garish colors with Kelly Moore paints. The paucity of vegetation makes this Bedrock seem like an encampment of global holocaust survivors, or one of those ghost towns built by the military to test the effectiveness of atomic bombs.


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 loudspeakers. U-B-The-Flintsones photo cutouts are available for treasured video and pix mementos. The snack bar has more selections than at the park in South Dakota, including Fred favorites such as Chickasaurus Dinner, a Fishasaurus sandwich, and Gravelberry Pie.

The Arizona Bedrock is licensed for merchandising by Hanna-Barbera, and although that confers benefits -- such as some stylish new fiberglass statues of the principal Flintstones characters -- it has drawbacks as well. Pressure platforms in front of Fred and Barney once triggered nutty audio patter, but the suits at Hanna-Barbera, blind to the multimedia needs of tourists, told Bedrock to shut off the tapes.


The architecture of this Bedrock City appears to have inspired at least one private home, and perhaps others, for those who apparently couldn't get enough of the Modern Stone Age.

Also see: Bedrock City, Custer, SD

Flintstones Bedrock City

101 US Highway 180, Williams, AZ
On the west side of US 180 just north of its junction with Hwy 64.
Daily 9-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $5.
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