UPDATE: October 12, 2013: Grand Canyon National Park is OPEN!
Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center response to Government Shutdown
WILLIAMS, AZ (October 4, 2013) – Day four of the Government Shutdown and tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the Grand Canyon are stymied. In Williams, 700 visitors per day have stopped by the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center to inquire about activities in the area in lieu of touring the Canyon.
The Federal Government Shutdown closed access to all the National Parks in Arizona and across the country on Tuesday.
The Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center, although a partnership with the Forest Service, National Park Service, Public Lands Interpretive Association and the City of Williams, is being staffed by the non-Federal employees of the City of Williams, Public Lands Interpretive Association and the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce.
Visitors interested in learning about alternatives to the South and North Rims of the Grand Canyon, now closed, can meet with one of our helpful staff. Maps of the area, information on local attractions and suggestions for alternative activities are all available at the Center located at 200 West Railroad Avenue, in Williams.
Williams is a town of fun activities, Route 66, western hospitality and beautiful mountain scenery. With 38 hotels, 31 restaurants, 36 shops, an historic railway, a drive-through wild animal park, a zipline, a walk-through deer park, horseback riding, hiking and leaf peeping, Williams provides recreational and family oriented activities.
The Alpine Harvest Festival kicks off this weekend with the Pumpkin Patch Train at the Grand Canyon Railway. Bearizona’s Howly, Growly, Owly also begins this weekend featuring a haunted mine shaft and a record-breaking-sized pumpkin. Don’t forget to visit downtown Williams to vote for your favorite Scarecrow and enter to win a great prize. Information on the contest can be obtained at the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center.
For more information on activities in Williams and the surrounding area, please call our Visitor Center at 1-800-863-0546 or visit our website at www.experiencewilliams.com.
200 Railroad Ave.
Williams, AZ 86046
800-863-0546 toll free