I used to hate watching The Flintstones when I was a kid, basically because it was a cartoon version of The Honeymooners, and laugh tracks in a cartoon just seemed unnatural.
But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t leave the TV on in the background while I was playing with my action figures. As a result, I became well acquainted with the show’s world and its characters.
To the point that whenever I see Flintstones characters, I tend to get nostalgic and think of them fondly, even if I didn’t particularly like the show.
Which is why seeing these photos of a desolate Flintstones theme park, Bedrock City, is a such a trip.
This old-school roadside attraction based on the popular series is situated between Williams, Arizona and the Grand Canyon.
Bedrock City is still open 364 days a year (it’s only closed on Christmas Day) and is used as an RV park and campground for tourists and temporary visitors.
The buildings look like they were ripped straight from the TV show; they’re painted in bright colors and appear to be carved out of stone.
Fred and Wilma’s house is even a proper abode and you can walk right inside. Not sure if there are any live dinosaurs that function as appliances in there, however.
If you’d rather check out the neighbors, the Rubbles, then that’s open to visitors, too.
Bedrock City first opened its doors in 1972. Due to its isolated location, however, most of its employees were let go.
In its heyday, employees would walk around in costumes dressed up as the characters and it was packed with your typical theme park fare, including food and rides.
Most of those have gone the way of the dinosaur by now, though, and all that’s left are these retro statues and structures.
The Fredmobile Tram still takes guests around the park, if you’re interested in going for a ride, however.
And if you wanted to go down the Brontosaurus Slide (YES), you can totally do that and feel like Fred clocking out of work for the day.
If you’re a fan of the show but are also just a sucker for old-timey American tourist sites, then there’s a lot to check out in this all but abandoned theme park.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Kurc Buzdegan There used to be a “Bedrock City” here in BC, with summers packed with families. When the rights to use were an issue with Warner Bros in the early 2000’s, things went south. Still remember the cars – human peddled, coronary infarction inducing challenges of child-encouraged “faster daddy” sweaty afternoons.
Juanita Sandoval Rem Bea’Ann Ronquillo-Perez when you went on vacay with us and we stopped here. You and Shannon “borrowed” something from the gift shop. Then on to Disneyland where you two were caught spitting from the sky buckets??? Those were the good ole days. ❤️
Jeff Zelenka LMAO. I worked there for 2 summers and my parents worked there for years. The place is closed. No one knows who the Flintstones are anymore.
Kala Jones I stopped by there a couple years ago!!
Sara Aguilar Youngbar It’s a nice little pit stop! 😁