302 E. SR 66
Williams, AZ 86046
Phone: (928) 635-4085
Fax: (928) 635-1326
This is hands-down the most adventurous way to travel to the Canyon. It will take you from grassy meadows to mountain passes, and back into history. Trains depart from historic Williams Depot each morning. During the one-and-a-quarter-hour journey, passengers are treated to live music and Wild Western entertainment. The train departs the Williams Depot at 10a, arrives at the Grand Canyon at 12:15p., departs the Canyon at 3:30p and arrives back in Williams at 5:45p. Reservations should be made well in advance.
Skiing in Arizona? You bet! While it is not one of the largest in the state, this little family-friendly area provides tons of winter fun. Since the slopes are all visible from the lodge, this is a great place for the kids to frolic while parents stay cozy by the pot-bellied stove. The season depends greatly on the amount of snowfall the area receives, so be sure to call ahead for current conditions.
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.
The Northern Arizona branch of the Air Museum (the main location is at the Chino Airport in California), this museum at Valle Airport (between the Grand Canyon and Williams) chronicles the history and technology of aviation in America. Among the entertaining and educational exhibits, you will see General Douglas McArthur's Lockheed Constellation, which was used for his transport during the Korean War. The museum hosts a major air show each June.
Originally built in the mid-1800s as a covered wagon route to take westbound pioneers to California, the road was originally just 10 feet wide, but spanned more than 1,200 miles from Arkansas to the Colorado River. Today, the trail has been clearly marked and can be followed by motorized vehicles. Laws Spring, located along the trail, was a major water stop for the travelers and said to be used by the original expedition that scouted this Northern Arizona area. Allow an hour or two for the drive and scenic stops along the way. This place is open daily from 8 AM.
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.