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Outdoor Adventures in Williams


Looking for the perfect spot to enjoy your favorite outdoor recreational activity? Williams, Arizona is the spot for you. Surrounded by Kaibab National Forest, visitors and locals enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, skiing and just overall site seeing! With a four seasons playground to enjoy, plan your outdoor adventures in Williams anytime of the year and take advantage of a variety of activities. Visiting in the Spring, Summer and Fall? Take advantage of a beautiful golf course with stunning views, nearly one hundred hiking trails, mountain biking trails, off road terrain, camping, fishing, birding and more. Winter is a setting all its own in Williams. If snow makes your favorite sport possible, Williams offers skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, or just bundling up and viewing the cold from a cozy spot in town.

Outdoor Vacation Ideas in Williams

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.

Hiking & Fishing in Williams

Hike Bill Williams Mountain

Grab your gear and 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.

Hooked on Fishing

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.

Visit Sycamore Falls

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.

Explore the Grand Canyon

All Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

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. (8:30am November & December) 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! For information, helpful tips, and advice on planning your visit to the Grand Canyon,  please see our Insider’s Guide to the Grand Canyon Railway to make the most of your experience.

Raft the Colorado River

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.

Family Fun in Williams

Bearizona Wildlife Park

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.

Canyon Coaster Adventure Park

Canyon Coaster Adventure Park on Route 66 in Williams features a variety of attractions for all ages, all year round. The central attraction is a mountain coaster ride called The Canyon Coaster, which is built directly into the mountainside and spans several acres along the natural curvatures of the mountain.

Grand Canyon Deer Farm

The Grand Canyon Deer Farm in Williams, Arizona is a popular tourist destination that offers visitors the opportunity to feed and interact with deer. The farm features a variety of deer, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, and elk.

Big Boy Toys

Off-Road Adventures

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. Looking for off-road tours? We've got you covered.