Williams Area Attractions
Bearizona is a new, drive through wildlife park ranked #1 in Trip Advisor among attractions in the Williams area. It is a great family adventure and a good value. No reservations are required. Guests take their own vehicles through the three mile drive-thru portion where they can see a variety of animals including American burros, big horn sheep, dall sheep, white and brown bison and black bears roaming freely in the beautiful forest.
The park also hosts a 20 acre walk through area where visitors will stroll along winding paths to view smaller animals on exhibit including adorable bear cubs and wolf pups. In the walk through area guests will also find a concession stand with umbrella seating and beautiful views, free temporary tattoos, and a nice gift shop with surprisingly reasonable prices. If you arrive by motorcycle or bicycle there are courtesy cars you can take through for free. RVs and motor coaches will have no problems on the park’s wide and well maintained roads.
A highlight of your time at Bearizona will be the live raptor show during which you will learn about and “meet” owls, hawks, and other predators of the sky. Allow at least two hours to see everything, but you can easily spend twice that long with all there is to see.
Visit their website at www.bearizona.com
Grand Canyon Railway
All Aboard! Ride a vintage train from Williams Arizona (5 minutes from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona) right to Grand Canyon National Park on the legendary Grand Canyon Railway. The train leaves Williams at 9:30 AM for the Grand Canyon and leaves for the return trip to Williams at 3:30 PM. If you feel like you’ve spent half your vacation driving, this might be just the relaxing change of pace you need! For more information, check out the Grand Canyon Railway website.
Grand Canyon Deer Farm
Located on a section of old Route 66, the Deer Farm is 10 acres of absolute animal wonderland. Walk a path around our park to view wallabies, llamas, mini cattle, bison, peacocks, & much more. Walk with deer, feed the deer right from your hands. Chat with a parrot, Mozart is a very entertaining cockatoo, Scarlet (a lilac crowned Amazon Parrot) a bit more shy, pet a goat, kiss a camel. You will have a blast here if you are an animal lover. At the Deer Farm you don’t just look at the deer, you walk among them, you touch them, you let them eat right from your hand.
Visit their website at www.deerfarm.com.
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Located at the intersection of Highways 180 & 64 at Valle-Williams Airport, south of south rim of Grand Canyon, the museum is open daily 9-5 except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Nearly three dozen warbirds and classic aircraft are on display including the Lockheed C-121A Constellation which was General Douglas MacArthur’s personal VIP transport. For more information about the museum, the annual Warbird Fly-in in June or special membership programs, visit the website.
Downtown Williams Historic Walk.
Williams Arizona’s Main Street is one the best preserved stretches of the Route 66 Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character, lots of fun shops with Route 66 merchandise, restaurants that have the character of the Route 66 heyday of the 50’s, coffee shops, internet cafes, and fine dining. Cowboys swagger through downtown and a gunfight breaks out every night right in the middle of the Mother Road April through October.
For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.experiencewilliams.com
Golf at Elephant Rocks
In the shadow of Bill Williams Mountain, Elephant Rocks at Williams is nestled at 7000 feet above sea level and meanders its way through stands of large Ponderosa pines. There has been a course here since the 1920’s but it was not until 1990, when the course was reconfigured by Gary Panks, that its reputation grew. The 18-hole “Elephant Rocks” course features 6,695 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 70.8 and it has a slope rating of 128. Brent Redman manages the course as the Golf Professional. For more information, visit the Elephant Rocks website.