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A Yabba Dabba Doo Time!

On the way back from visiting the south rim of the Grand Canyon, we noticed this fabulous sign from the past welcoming us to a campground/roadside attraction named Bedrock City.

We totally had to stop. 

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We both grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, and like many of our generation, we absolutely loved the Flintstones.  After taking several photos at the entrance, we decided to come up with the $5 entrance fee and see what was hidden behind those big brick walls.  

I’ve always been a sucker for campy and fun.  And Bedrock City, located smack in the middle of the dusty high desert seemed very promising!

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After paying our entrance fees, we walked into a stone age ghost town.

Originally opening in 1972 at the height of the Flintstones popularity, Bedrock City once was a thriving road side attraction, offering live actors playing Fred Flintstone and the rest of the stone age crew, rides, a theater and much more.

Fourty-four years later, this little attraction is not much than a run down shadow of its former self.

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Bedrock City also included a small restaurant, a dark and dusty gift shop, and a campground that has seen better days.  Of course, this did not deter us much.  I love a photo opportunity, and there were plenty of those to choose from.

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The amusement park, while silent, was full of colorful representations of the old cartoon series.  Unfortunately, the remaining structures at Bedrock City are in currently in terrible disrepair, with crumbling buildings and character replicas that need more than just a fresh coat of paint after baking in the desert sun for 44 years.

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8 thoughts on “A Yabba Dabba Doo Time!”

  1. I don’t know how we missed that when we were out there! I love all your pictures. Especially the one of Dave as Wilma! LOL, Lets get the family together and scrape up that 2 million so we can preserve this park. I love it!!!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing. I too grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and I absolutely loved the Flintstones. Thank you for a wonderful trip down memory lane.

    1. Thank you for following our journeys! It’s nice to know that there are many folks that do remember the Flintstones! My kids maybe not so much. LOL! We had a blast checking out this wonderful little park and were very glad to see it before it is gone. Hope you are having a wonderful summer!


  3. i’ve been by there but never stopped. yes the Flintstones was one of our favorite Saturday morning shows while growing up. too bad, glad you got to see it, it’s what traveling the country is about. love your blog. We RV too — i wish I could get the other half out on the road more often.


    1. Thank you so much! We just love checking out old roadside attractions. Glad to “meet” a fellow RVer! Hope to see you on the road some day!


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