Grand Canyon Railway, Route 66, and Bearizona, oh, my!
Find ’em all in Williams Arizona
Williams Arizona may only boast a population of little more than 3,000 residents. But what it lacks in people it makes up for in personality. Whether Williams is your final destination or you are just passing through, check out these must see sites in the town itself. Santa Monica to the West and the Grand Canyon to the North can wait for another day; they’ve been around for a while…and they’re not going anywhere.
Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel
Williams home to the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel. The Grand Canyon Railway is not only a great way to beat the crowds trying to drive through the park entrance, but it is also an attraction in and of itself. With 6 ticket types to choose from, you are sure to find the experience that is right for your travelers. Prices start at $67 for adults and $32 for kids. Most importantly, kids under 2 ride free.
Pete’s Route 66 Gas Station Museum
Let Pete’s take you back to the nostalgia of yesteryear with a considerable collection of vintage Route 66 paraphernalia. A quick stop at this restored gas station is exactly what you need to Insta-document this day on your Route 66 road trip. The gas pumps and Ford with white-walled tires will make you wonder if you stepped back in time.
Just on the outskirts of town you will find an animal sanctuary capable of satisfying all your creature needs. Bearizona boasts 160 acres in the Kaibab National Forest. The 3-mile driving tour allows visitors to see many of North America’s amazing animals in natural habitats. In addition, visitors can also stretch their legs while they wander on foot through the 20-acre ‘zoo’ type environment as well. Parks hours run from 9am – 5:30pm. But be aware, the last car admitted happens at 4pm.
Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum
Massive meteorite hole just off Historic Route 66? Yes, Please!
50,000 years ago Earth got shot! Right in the middle of the Arizona desert. Scorching in at 26,000 miles per hour, a 150 foot iron-nickel projectile struck with the force of 20 million tons of TNT. Yep, it happened. Following the explosion this meteor left a massive hole for us to gawk at. So, come visit and be inspired by the fact that you came 50,000 years too late for the initial meteor shower which would have ended with the whole lot of us seeing some serious stars.
The result of this meteorite collision was a colossal crater. In fact, the initial crater was around 700 feet deep and more than 4,000 feet across. Today the depth of the crater stands at 550 feet deep. That is to say it is deep enough for the top of the Washington Monument to be at eye if you were standing on the rim. Meteor Crater National Landmark is widely considered the best-preserved meteor impact site on planet Earth.
At a mere 6 miles off of Historic Route 66, this is a must-see stop on your Arizona road trip. Be prepared to spend some time exploring. Museums, exhibits, and films help you get educated on everything from the meteor itself, to the history of using it as training grounds for Apollo astronauts. Most importantly, there is a piece of the meteor on display. Therefore, the kids can even say they got to touch a real meteor. Bet their friends at school haven’t done that.
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Open until 12:00pm on Thanksgiving & Closed Christmas Day)
Tickets: can be purchased online or on-site; group discounts available
Pets: not allowed inside, but a generous Pet Ramada is available outside the Administration area.
Winslow – 25 miles
Flagstaff – 40 miles
Petrified Forest National Park – 80 miles
With so much of Arizona designated as public land administered for recreational use, and hundreds of miles of backcountry trails, great four-wheel drive or ATV terrain is never far away!
In many areas of the state four-wheel drive and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rentals are available. Guided backcountry trips employing four-wheel drive or all-terrain vehicles are an excellent way to see some of Ariona’s most beautiful and untouched landscapes.
There are numerous opportunities for OHV recreation in Arizona. Local land management agencies have information and maps available. Please contact the local land management agencies for updated information on access, closures, rules and regulations, and other information prior to planning activities.
Contact Arizona Game and Fish for more information
- Alto Pit OHV Area (Prescott)
- Apache Trail (Apache Junction and Roosevelt Lake)
- Arizona Strip (north of the Colorado River)
- Black Hills Backcountry Byway (Safford)
- Bulldog Canyon (Saguaro Lake)
- Bumble Bee / Mayer (Crown King)
- Castle Hot Springs (Lake Pleasant)
- Cinder Hills OHV Area (Flagstaff)
- Copper Basin Dunes (Parker, California )
- Crossroads (Colorado River)
- Crosscut/Mud Springs (Fountain Hills)
- Desert Wells Multiuse Area (Pinal County)
- Four Peaks to Roosevelt Lake
- Ghost Town Loop (Patagonia)
- Great Western Trail (North of Phoenix)
- Harquahala Mountain Summit Road
- Hayfield Draw/ Bryant Park OHV Area (Cottonwood)
- Hieroglyphic Mountains/ Boulders (Wickenburg)
- Hot Wells Dunes Recreation Area (Safford)
- Hualapai Mountain OHV Trailhead (Kingman)
- La Posa OHV Routes (Quartzsite)
- Long Draw OHV Route (Mogollon Rim)
- Maverick Trail (Lakeside)
- Mescal Mountains OHV Area (Kearny)
- Microwave Towers (Bartlett Lake)
- Mile Marker 11.5 – The Boulders Use Area(From I-17 or 99th Ave)
- Poland Junction Road (Mayer)
- Parker 400 Desert Race Course (La Paz County)
- Pima Motorsports Park (Tucson)
- Rattlesnake Gap (Greenlee County)
- Redington Pass (Tucson)
- Reno Pass (Sunflower)
- Rolls OHV Area (Payson)
- Saffel Canyon Trail (Eagar)
- Santa Rita (Sonoita)
- Sandbowl OHV Area (Eherenburg near California)
- Schnebly Hill Road (Sedona)
- Sheridan Mt. / Smith Mesa (Prescott)
- South Patagonia Mountain (Sierra Vista)
- Standard Wash (Lake Havasu City)
- Swansea Townsite (30 miles east of Parker)
- Table Mesa Road (New River)
- Verde Trails (Camp Verde)
- Yuma East OHV Routes
The main boat ramp will be closed on January 2 until further notice.
During the closure, the Cholla ramp will be available.
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