Williams is a unique community with a storied past. It is one of the main entrances to the Grand Canyon National Park and, while today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community.
Williams is a unique community with a storied past. It is one of the main entrances to the Grand Canyon National Park and, while today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumbermen, Williams’ name comes from the famous trapper and “mountain man”, Bill Williams. Remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams.
The historic district of this once bawdy frontier town, now offers glimpses into Williams’ colorful past. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life through the care and concern of present day Williams’ merchants. Visitors can now safely stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. But don’t be too surprised if you find yourself accosted by “cowboy gunfighters” - they’re a mainstay of Williams summertime entertainment!
Located within this same historic area is the Grand Canyon Railway and Resort and Williams Depot. The sounds of steam and clanging bells grace the air as restored rolling stock depart Williams each day for the Grand Canyon. A sixty-five mile trip on a century old railway offers experiences which include: an enacted train robbery, cowboy action and old time strolling musicians.
Williams is a town that is located on the famous Route #66 and for the fans of the 1950’s a place to reminisce. It is a popular place for placing oneself in the past and enjoying the “Mother Road”.
From the Grand Canyon’s magnitude to the small Route #66 cafe and everything in between, Williams holds many fascinating opportunities for an exciting mid-western vacation.
FEATURED WILLIAMS ATTRACTION - BEARIZONA
Experience one of the best attractions in Williams Arizona, the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Bearizona Drive Through Wildlife Park lets you watch and enjoy animal wildlife at your own pace from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Your family adventure will include seeing animals like Black Bears, American Burros, Big Horn Sheep, Dall Sheep, Bison and more! After your driving tour, you can stroll along our beautiful walking trails and see adorable bear cubs! Bearizona is located at the intersection of I-40 and US Hwy 64 (Historic Route 66) in Williams, Arizona. Just 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon south rim, 25 miles west of Flagstaff. Plan your visit today - call 928-635-2289.