The Arizona hometown of the Flintstones will enjoy one last summer as a rock star.
Bedrock City, a cherished roadside attraction in northern Arizona, will remain in its original Stone Age state so fans can bid a fond farewell, its new owner says.
And if all goes as planned, Troy Morris said, visitors saying goodbye to Bedrock will also say hello to Raptor Ranch, the property’s next incarnation. Falcons will be on display in between flying demonstrations, heralding the park’s future.
Just don’t expect too much too soon, Morris warned on Tuesday. His fully realized version of Raptor Ranch likely is five years away.
“There is just so much to do,” he said.
From Bedrock City to Raptor Ranch
Morris and business partner Ron Brown took over the 30-acre park in January, buying Bedrock City from the Speckels family, who had run the park since it opened in the 1970s.
As the initial work has focused on repairs and permitting, it occurred to Morris to keep the park set in stone, at least for one more season. He invited fans of Bedrock City and the Flintstones to visit the attraction before much of it becomes extinct.
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He’s also encouraging people to bring photos from previous visits, images that Morris would like to include as part of a display saluting Raptor Ranch’s Stone Age roots, a page right out of roadside history.
By mid to late June, Bedrock City’s diner, gift shop and RV park should be open for business. Morris also plans to have several falcons on display, the birds of prey showing off their skills in daily demonstrations.
Morris, who breeds falcons, said the birds will come from his collection.
Popular stop on way to Grand Canyon
Over the decades, Bedrock City became a popular stop for families on the way to the Grand Canyon. Located in Valle, near the intersection of State Route 64 and U.S. 180, the property’s cartoon buildings come to three-dimensional life included a jail, schoolhouse and theater.
While much of Bedrock City will be turned to rubble at some point, a few of its characteristics (and characters) will remain, Morris said. The brontosaurus slide will be the centerpiece of a children’s playground.
By the summer of 2020, visitors should see more of Raptor Ranch and less of Bedrock City, though it’s too early to estimate how much progress will have been made by then.
For the first time in Bedrock City, nothing will be written in stone.