From Williams, a short 59-mile drive north will put the splendor of the Grand Canyon before your eyes. Once there, you'll grasp why this mammoth formation รณ 190-miles long, one-mile deep and covering 1,900 square miles is hailed as one of the world's seven natural wonders. Though depicted by an array of artists, its richly hued scenic splendor is best captured by the naked eye.

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Here's how to plan your trip: Stop by the City of Williams/Kaibab National Forest Visitor center in the historic Santa Fe Depot, 200 W. Railroad Ave. (on the northwest corner of Railroad Avenue and Grand Canyon Boulevard). Its friendly staff has all the information you'll need to get to the Canyon. It's open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our visitor center is an official Arizona Tourist Information Center with info about restaurants, motels, camping, hiking, fishing, general information about the area and other places of interest and as well as the Canyon. Also, an interactive touch-screen computer provides information on Williams and the Grand Canyon in four different languages. Tickets for the Grand Canyon can be purchased from an ATM outside the visitor center.

To drive to the Canyon from Williams, head east on Route 66 (our Main Street) through the downtown. Route 66 will turn into Highway 64 east of town. Continue north on this route for approximately 57 miles to Tusayan where clear signage will lead you into the South Rim gate of the Grand Canyon National Park.

The Grand Canyon Railway and Resort in Williams offers daily trips to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon aboard vintage diesel powered trains. Passengers have a choice of five classes of service ranging from coach class on the 1923 Harriman cars to the popular deluxe observation class. But it's more than just a train ride, featuring a Wild West show prior to departure and strolling musicians in transit.

About 1.5 kilometers below the South Rim, you will spy the mighty Colorado River, which wends its way West through the canyon, averaging a speed of four miles an hour, a depth of 100 feet and width of 300 feet. Also visible a mile below the rim are the Indian Gardens and Phantom Ranch, standing out as lush green oases on the Canyon floor.

Inside the park free shuttles, provided by the National Park Service, make several stops in Grand Canyon National Park Village as well as at eight breathtaking overlooks along the West Rim Drive.

Visitors can choose from a variety of park service sponsored walks and talks to enhance their experience. Commercial modes of transit include air-tours via helicopter or plane, jeep tours, coach/van tours and mule rides into the Canyon.

2013 Grand Canyon Trip Planner
A handy source of information / maps (1.69MB PDF File)
2013 Backcountry Trip Planner
Backpacking, camping and permits (2.1MB PDF File)


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