Gateway to the Grand Canyon®
The charming town of Williams is nestled at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world. Williams offers the beauty of a mountainside town, outdoor adventure to fit every need, one of the best-preserved stretches of Route 66 where you can Cruise the Loop®, a railway to get you to the Canyon in style, and an outdoor drive-thru wildlife park, and a Historic Downtown District covering six square blocks lined with quaint shops, great eateries, and lodging options!
Founded in 1881, Williams was named for the famous trapper, scout, and mountain man, “Old Bill Williams.” A statue of “Old Bill” stands in Monument Park, located on the west side of the city on Route 66, and Bill Williams Mountain named in his honor sits directly south of town. The town continues to embrace its rich Old West, railroad, and Route 66 heritage.
Surrounded by the Kaibab National Forest and the Bill Williams Mountain area, there is plenty of camping, scenic drives and hiking opportunities. Williams is also a great destination for camping and fishing boasting seven area fishing lakes, hiking trails up Bill Williams Mountain and into Sycamore Canyon, an alpine ski area and cross country ski trails. Combine the four season’s weather with an abundance of wildlife, Williams has something for every outdoor enthusiast.
Since 1901, the Grand Canyon Railway has been taking people on an exciting journey from Williams into the heart of the Grand Canyon just 60 miles north. The iconic train is an experience of a lifetime. For more information visit www.thetrain.com.
Bearizona Drive-through Wildlife Park
Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy the wide variety of wildlife from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs. For more information, visit www.bearizona.com.