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 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.
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.
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