302 E. SR 66
Williams, AZ 86046
Phone: (928) 635-4085
Fax: (928) 635-1326
Housed in the restored 1901 Santa Fe Freight Depot, the Visitors Center is co-operated by the Williams Chamber of Commerce, the National Forest Service and the Southwest Natural and Cultural Heritage Association. Interpretive and interactive displays teach visitors about the history of Williams and the surrounding area, Northern Arizona Native American culture and the nostalgic importance of historic Route 66, which passes through the city. In the gift shop, books, videos, maps and souvenirs of Williams, the Grand Canyon and the railway are sold.
Located just a mile south of Williams, this municipal park offers picnic tables and is complete with charcoal grills, volleyball and basketball courts, hiking trails and fishing at the City Reservoir. Bring a pole, drop in a line and be patient while the rainbow trout, sunfish and catfish decide which one will go for the bait. Buckskinner Trails also offers hiking access to nearby Bill Williams Mountain. The trailhead is located just southwest of the picnic shelters. Contact the Williams Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center for information and trail maps.
William Sherley Williams has been called the greatest mountain man and trapper of the frontier West. The town of Williams, a mountain a few miles south of town, and this park were all named in his honor. To commemorate his place in local history, an eight-and-a-half-foot, one-ton bronze statue of "Old Bill" (as he is known) was unveiled in the park in 1980. Many local events are held at the site, and both residents and visitors find the park a comfortable place to relax and enjoy a sunny afternoon. The City of Williams Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center will be pleased to tell you about upcoming events and provide additional information about the park.
Bearizona, as the name suggests, is a wildlife park filled with bears in the city of Williams, along Historic Route 66. Spread over 160 acres (64.7 hectares), this park offers visitors a chance to get up close not only with bears from the comfort of your car, but guests also become acquainted with the region’s diverse wildlife. Billed as a "Drive-Thru Wildlife Park," this may turn away conservationists, but the mission of the park is to "promote the preservation of these bears through safe, affordable, memorable, and educational encounters." Other animals that live here include gray wolves, bobcats, sheep, wolves and much more.
Approximately 700,000 years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch, a volcanic vent in this part of present-day Arizona erupted. Of course, it left destruction in its wake. This cave is one such example of Mother Nature's fury as well as her beauty. It's open year-round, but some of the access roads may be closed during inclement weather. Additionally, the temperature inside can be frigid, so dress appropriately (even during the sweltering Arizona summer) and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.