Take the stress out of life and drive to Williams, Arizona. We are only a short 30 minute drive from Flagstaff, 2 ½ hour drive from the Phoenix area or 3 ½ hours from Las Vegas. If your stay in Williams involves one day or a week, these sure-fire adventure vacation ideas will make you return to Williams again and again.
Visit the Grand Canyon aboard a vintage train on the Grand Canyon Railway. This century-old rail line leaves Williams Depot every day at 9:30 a.m. traveling through ponderosa pine forests and prairie ranch land to a spectacular destination, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon! This is an all day fun-filled trip full of surprises!
Pack up the family and head to BEARIZONA! This 160 acre drive-through wildlife park is located only two miles from downtown Williams. The adventure starts from the moment you enter the park. As you wind your way through the park you will experience bear, wolves, big horn sheep, bison and others. The fun isn’t over as you park your car and walk through Fort Bearizona on winding pathways for a closer look at some of the smaller animals and their babies.
For a more “hands on” experience with nature’s creatures, make sure you visit the Grand Canyon Deer Farm and Petting Zoo. For over 40 years this unique park has been providing animal lovers the rare opportunity of up close encounters with Deer, Elk, llamas, reindeer, camel and many others! Located only 8 miles east of Williams this day trip will leave lasting memories.
Hike Bill Williams Mountain or any of the other dozens of scenic high-mountain hiking trails available in the Kaibab Forest. Don’t forget your snacks and sandwiches for a breathtaking picnic lunch from the top! There are several shops in Williams to stock up on all your hiking supplies. Trail maps are available at the Williams Visitor Center.
Bring your fishing pole and try your luck at one of our five trout stocked lakes. The scenery is magnificent and the fish are mouth watering. The lakes can be fished from shore or in a boat. So strap that fishing boat, canoe or kayak to the family car and come on up! Maps and directions to these hot spots are available at the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center.
If “Big Boy” toys are your adrenaline rush then you owe it to yourself to explore our 1,143 miles of U.S. Forest Service roads in the Kaibab Forest with your ATV, Rhino, Razor or Jeep. The area abounds with recreational and historic sites for you to explore with your favorite OHV. Dispersed camping is also available. Pick up your free Kaibab Forest road map at the Williams Visitor Center.
Visit Sycamore Falls and Sycamore Canyon located just a few miles southeast of Williams. This 47,762 acre Wilderness offers a wide range of vegetation from mesquite in the southern portion to ponderosa pine in the northern canyons at an elevation of 6,500 feet. Sycamore Falls is a dramatic spectacle in the Spring when the Winter snows start to melt and during Summer monsoon rains. A short drive and an even shorter hike gets you to this natural wonder! Stop in the Williams Visitor Center for your free map.
Experience a unique under- ground hike in Lava River Cave. This mile long volcanic lava tube was first discovered in 1913 and maintains a temperature of 32-40 degrees year around. It is located about 30 miles east of Williams but is easy to find. The U.S. Forest Service has made an attractive entrance down to this tube using native stone to form a stairway. Once inside the lava tube its ceiling is tall enough to stand upright. You must bring flashlights as once you are past the daylight you are in complete darkness.
Raft the Colorado River inside the Grand Canyon! Most people think that this requires months or years of advance planning, but Williams is central to both the one-day smooth water rafting trips and the exciting 40 mile one-day white water rafting trips. These ultimate adventure trips can sometimes be made with only a days notice. Call or visit the Williams Visitor Center for more information.
Hike to the village of Supai at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Make Williams your base camp for this unbelievable experience! Supai is located in the remote Southwestern branch of the Grand Canyon and is about a two hour drive from Williams. The well-marked trailhead into Supai is 8 miles long over rugged terrain and is accessible only by foot, horseback or helicopter. There you find Havasu Creek and three of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Grand Canyon. Camping and lodging is available by advance reservation only from the Havasupai Tourist Office. If you are a hiker, this is a must see!
Tour Grand Canyon Caverns. Located only 66 miles from Williams this natural wonder is the largest dry cavern in the United States. An elevator descends 22 stories underground and opens to a maze of caverns large enough to hold a football field! Guided tours are available daily.