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 located in Williams, AZ, along the Historic Route 66. Spread over 160 acres (64.7 hectares), this park offers visitors a chance to get up close and better acquainted with the region’s diverse wildlife. Calling itself a ‘Drive-Thru Wildlife Park’ may turn away ardent nature lovers, but don’t go by the slogan, as inside a truly comprehensive and unique experience awaits you. The mission of the park is to ‘promote conservation and preservation through safe, affordable, memorable, and educational encounters’ with the amazing animals that call North America, ‘home’. Among the animals living here are Gray Wolves, Black Bears, Bob Cats, Dall Sheep, Arctic Wolves and more. Though the park is open all year round, the open times vary according to weather changes, please check the website for current open times.
Formed nearly 700,000 years ago by molten rock erupting from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie, this mile long tube is an incredible example of a cave formed in only a few hours as opposed to other lengthy geological events that formed the Arizona canyons. Because the conditions in this cave are cold and dark be sure to bring a dependable source of light, warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Steps have been formed using lava rocks to ease entrance into the cave, which instead of walking into must be entered from above. An interpretive center is also at the site, detailing the geology of the cave and its fascinating creation. -Herman Sims