Williams, Arizona and the Grand Canyon

We left our BLM camp just outside of Lake Havasu City and headed north to Interstate 40, then east to Williams. When we left Havasu, the high temperature was going to be 87 degrees. We were headed for cooler temperatures just based on an elevation gain of over 5,000 feet. And over the course of our 175 mile drive, the weather was beautiful. So, after arriving at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park and getting parked in our site, we were more than surprised to see that our sunny skies were rapidly changing to darkening skies.

Within 30 minutes, we had thunder and rain. And within an hour, it was snowing. Temperatures dropped to about 30 degrees. We went from shorts and t-shirts to parkas. And then the next morning we were back to sunny skies.


By afternoon, almost all traces of snow were gone except that on the highest mountain tops.

Over the years, we have passed through Williams several times. Usually on the way to the Grand Canyon or Flagstaff. Back in the day, the town was a key destination for folks traveling along Route 66. And today,


Williams is doing everything it can to hold onto that history. Although we had been here previously, we really had not explored the area or even spent much time in the town itself.


Now that we are retired with lots of time, we had vowed to change all that. So, among other things, we wanted to spend time in the shops along the towns “Route 66” main drag.

Because we spend a fair amount of time boondocking and dispersed camping, we also wanted to check out some sites in the area that we had previously identified using online research, one of which is Dogtown Lake.


And, of course, we needed at least a day  trip to one of our favorite National Parks, the Grand Canyon. We never tire of the granduer and almost spiritual feeling we get in trying to take in how “Grand” it really is.

In this particular photo, there is more than meets the eye. The canyon on the other side is Bright Angel Canyon. The primary trail on THIS side that most people take into the Grand Canyon is the Bright Angel Trail. At the bottom in this photo (bottom of Bright Angel Canyon) is Phantom Ranch where many people stay to either hike back to the South Rim the next day, or hike up Bright Angel Canyon to the North Rim. Phantom Ranch is on the north side of the Colorado River. To get there, there is a bridge across the Colorado River which can be seen in this photo to the right of the green tree area at the bottom, which is where Phantom Ranch is located. Lastly, if you zoom to the top of Bright Angel Canyon, you can see a white dot which is the main building on the North Rim.

We spent a week in the Williams area, staying at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and RV Park. What a great RV Park!  Wifi, cable TV, indoor pool and spa, great service, paved sites. And close to everything we wanted to explore. Priceless! They even accept Passport America for a 50% discount for up to 7 days.

Photo courtesy of Good Sam Club

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