WILLIAMS / GRAND CANYON RAILWAY
I came across this place heading North. I heard so much about the mountain bike trails and Historic Route 66. What I didn't know was Williams, Arizona offered so much more. This place was named after William “Old Bill” Williams, an early day trapper. William's history is best known as the center of the Sante Fe Rail Line, ranching and old lumber mills.
This beautiful place still had much of its character from the past. As I drove down Route 66, I could imagine all the saloons, gambling halls, and brothels of an old frontier. Today, Williams, AZ is home to the world famous Grand Canyon Railway and Resort, that takes a scenic journey to the Grand Canyon aboard a century old steam-powered rail line. Watch the video below and take the trip with me aboard the Grand Canyon Railway to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
The train came to an abrupt stop under gun fire in the middle of the wilderness. The bandits boarded the train and made off with all the souvenirs.
If you love drive through zoos, you will really enjoy Bearizona Wildlife. Just a three-mile drive through the Ponderosa Pine Forest viewing several North American animals. I loved the bear and wolf sections. Both species seemed to be real friendly with my truck.
After the drive, there is a Fort with a 20 acre walk-thru area. You follow the paths through the Fort similar to a zoo. My favorite was the panther. I really felt sorry that all these beautiful and majestic animals had to be caged for their safety.
MOUNTAIN BIKE / UTV
There are tons of UTV and Mountain bike trails nearby. They allow you to drive your UTV into town on the surface roads with the proper permit and equipment. It was fun driving my UTV to the Safeway to pick up groceries.