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Williams is located on I-40 in northern Arizona, 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon. It is 30 miles west of Flagstaff and 220 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Williams is located in the largest stand of Ponderosa pine trees in the world, at an elevation of 6700 feet above sea level, Williams offers clear, crisp air and provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Take some time to enjoy the nostalgia and freshness of Williams, Arizona.
Originally, a bawdy “wild
west” mountain town and logging center, Williams, Arizona is now a quaint
mountain settlement where shoppers peruse 19th century storefronts
and listen for the nostalgic sound of the train whistle from the historic depot
of the Grand Canyon Railway at the center of town. Surrounding the town are
canyons and mountains whose breathtaking beauty is impossible to imagine unless
seen first hand; and then, once seen, impossible to forget.
Williams is nestled at the
base of the Bill Williams Mountain, in the Kaibab National Forest, off
interstate 40, just 30 minutes west of Flagstaff. Route 66 runs through the
center of town, looking much the same as it did in the 1960s. Spring flowers and
fall colors decorate the roadsides of famous Route 66, once known as America's
Main Street, which served as a national thoroughfare from Chicago to Santa
Monica for Dust Bowl migrants, World War II troops, and millions of travelers
heading West. Visitors enjoy the ambiance of those days in soda fountains,
restaurants, vintage shops, and motels that line the historic road.
The climate in Williams is
temperate. The low winter temperature average is 23 degrees, and the summer high
average is 80 degrees. Williams is known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon",
and offers the shortest path to the Grand Canyon from Interstate 40 (only 59
The Grand Canyon Railroad
provides daily trips to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Walnut Canyon and
Wupatki National Monuments are an hour away; sites of several 12th-century
Indian ruins are nearby; Sunset Crater, the remains of a once-active volcano;
and the San Francisco Peaks, the highest elevation in Arizona, all are within a
short drive of Williams.
Williams has four beautiful
lakes with excellent fishing and an abundance of outdoor activities: Cataract
Lake, Kaibab Lake, Dogtown Lake and White Horse Lake. The Sycamore Canyon
Wilderness Area is the site of the second largest canyon in Arizona. Visitors
can enjoy the most scenic point of the canyon at an overlook just minutes away
Kaibab National Forest surrounding Williams has seasonal hunting for deer, elk,
mountain lions and bear.
The popular Williams ski area provides excellent downhill skiing, sledding and
nearby cross-country ski trails.
Helicopter and airplane
tours are available as are ground tours featuring around-the-rim bus trips, jeep
tours and safaris, and even in-park mule rides which provide an up-close Grand
Canyon adventure experience. There are many hiking opportunities to explore
this Natural Wonder of the World. There are also tours of the Colorado River
that give the opportunity to experience, as did explorer John Wesley Powell, the
incredible view of the Grand Canyon from the bottom up.
Williams is close to
Flagstaff, Sedona, the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and other Northern Arizona
tourist attractions. It is the ideal destination for a nostalgic trip back in
time and as a gateway to the wonders of Grand Canyon and to outdoor adventure on
a grand scale.