Local Area Attractions
On Historic Route 66!
While visiting the Grand Canyon and northern Arizona, the pine-shaded acres of Circle Pines KOA make a perfect home base for your trip! You are within easy driving distance of northern Arizona's many attractions. Your KOA hosts can help you with booking tours, taxi services, and other services for you! Come enjoy the high desert setting and explore, explore, explore!
Historic Downtown Williams
Williams is a unique community with a storied past. Catch a glimpse into the once-bawdy frontier town; saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life. Enjoy eclectic shopping and dining in turn-of-the-century buildings. The Historic Walking Tour Brochure is available at the city of Williams - Forest Service Visitor Center (at 200 West Railroad Ave.) as well as most businesses.
Wild West Junction
Experience the Old West with authentic food, historical reenactments, special events and fun for the whole family. Visit the world-class Territorial Museum, eat at the Typhoon Saloon and Restaurant, or dress up in period clothing for an Old Tyme Photo! You can shop in Joe Wah's General Store, and discover the functional blacksmith shop as well as the only working jail in Williams. Wild West Junction is just minutes from the KOA.
Fly on over to Valle!
The Planes of Fame Air Museum is where aviation history comes to life! The museum currently houses at least 75 aircraft at its location at the Valle Airport. You'll see aircraft spanning the history of manned flight, from a glider to modern space flight. The museum is a must-see for fans of flying. The museum is located at the Valle Airport in Valle, Arizona at 755 Mustang Way. Take I-40 to 64 North; the museum will be about 30 miles north of Williams.
Elephant Rocks Golf Course
This is a city-owned golf course welcoming the public and visitors alike. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy 18 holes of championship golf among ponderosa pines. The course is within a five-minute drive of the KOA on Golf Course Road in Williams. Come play a relaxing game!
Grand Canyon Deer Farm
Bring the whole family or group and walk among the tame fallow deer and hand-feed them at this well-run petting zoo. You'll also see reindeer, Sitka deer, miniature donkeys and horses, buffalo, and llamas, just to name a few. The farm is just eight miles east of Williams; take the I-40 Pittman Valley/Deer Farm Exit 171, turn north, then make a sharp left onto Deer Farm Road and follow it west for half a mile. The deer are waiting!
Get your kicks on Route 66!
Follow the 'Mother Road' that carried millions west to the land of dreams! On the National Register of Historic Places, this two-lane highway features intriguing points along the way, including a ghost town at Bellemont and a Harley Davidson shop. Begin your tour in downtown Williams on Route 66. (Head west from the KOA on I-40. Exit on 161 and turn left over the highway, which will put you onto Route 66.) When you are done touring Williams, go east to I-40 and take Pittman Valley Exit 171, then go left over the highway and turn right to follow the historic highway. Beware, this section of road can be rough, and should only be traveled during good weather.
Heading east to Flagstaff, you can experience Route 66 along the historic downtown. From the KOA take I-40 east to the I-17 interchange where you want to take the Flagstaff (north) exit. You will find yourself on Milton road, which goes right past Northern Arizona University. The road will eventually curve east and put you right onto Route 66 which takes you through Flagstaff’s historic downtown.
Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area
Located 14 miles southeast of Williams, this area within Coconino National Forest is 55,937 acres of wilderness marked by colorful cliffs, soaring pinnacles and one of the world's rarest habitats, a desert riparian area. Spend an afternoon enjoying the breathtaking views, deep canyons, and streams. Follow FDR 173-Perkinsville Road to the junction of FDR 140 to FR 56.
Also in the Sycamore Canyon area is a special place among the ponderosa pine forest and canyon country; Sycamore Falls is powered by spring run-off waters no later than April each year. When there is no water, it's a great rock-climbing location. The falls are always open and always free! To get there, go south on Fourth Street nine miles to FR 110; turn left onto FR 110 and go about seven miles and turn left onto FR 109 about five miles to the Sycamore Rim Trailhead.
White Horse Lake
Within a half-hour's drive from the KOA, White Horse Lake is an extremely popular fishing lake near the Sycamore Canyon and the Mogollon Rim of the Coconino National Forest. The lake is stocked with rainbow and brown trout and some channel catfish. Try catching dinner or enjoy opportunities for easy hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. The road to the lake is well maintained; take Fourth Street in Williams and head approximately eight miles and follow the signs.
Enjoy more fishing opportunities at this lake! Take Fourth Street and turn left on forest service cindered road 140; follow signs to the lake.
Located within the Kaibab National Forest, Kaibab Lake is a beautiful body of water offering opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing. You can also enjoy interpretive programs at the amphitheater nearby. A fully accessible fishing pier is new to the lake! Kaibab Lake is located four miles east and north of Williams; take Hwy 64 North to Kaibab Lake turnoff on the left, within ten minutes of Williams.
Bill Williams Mountain
You will need to take a different vehicle to see this sight, since the road is not suitable for motorhomes, but the view is worth the trouble! The mountain offers a panoramic view of the Grand Canyon, the Verde Valley, and the majestic San Francisco Peaks. There are also numerous hiking trails if you're feeling adventurous; trails range from moderate to strenuous; most trails are more than a few miles round trip, the longest being seven miles. Cars and/or trucks will make the trip just fine! Take County Road 73 to FDR 111 and turn right.
Williams Loop Road Drive
This is a three hour drive offering excellent views of Bill Williams Mountain, Coleman Lake, and scenic forests and wide prairies. There are plenty of chances for wildlife viewing, some light hiking, bird watching, and photography. The Loop Road takes you by way of a route that passes through beautiful scenery, so it is worth the drive. Head south on County Road 73 from Williams seven miles, turn right onto FDR 108 and follow the signs.
Make time to visit Arizona's first territorial capital and enjoy history, tradition, art and culture. Visit museums, galleries, and boutiques, or enjoy the fine dining and shopping opportunities, as well as golf courses, a zoo, casino, and more! Prescott is about a 90-minute drive from the KOA - Take I-40 west for 17 miles, then take Hwy 89 south for 53 miles to Prescott. Your trip will take approximately an hour and a half.
Gift Shop, Grocery Shop and RV Supplies
Northern Arizona provides many day trip destinations for our guests.
Plan your visit to include the Grand Canyon, Native American dwellings, ghost towns and the Sedona - Oak Creek area. You can walk among the animals of the Deer Farm, experience Lowell's Observatory, explore the Grand Canyon Caverns or marvel at Meteor Crater. You can even stroll along Route 66 on the brick textured sidewalks of the Historic District in Williams, taking in the downtown entertainment (seasonal).
There are so many options for day trips, we hope you'll plan to enjoy at least a few of those we've listed here. Remember, we have car rentals available if you'd prefer to leave your RV at the campground.
50 minutes away -The Grand Canyon
One of the world's seven natural wonders. Words cannot describe the magnificence that awaits you. A must see for anyone traveling in Northern Arizona!
On site at the campground -
Grand Canyon Van Tour
We can reserve your trip with American Dream Tours, and you will be picked up from our front door! This tour not only provides you the best views of the Grand Canyon but the best value too; they travel with small friendly groups no more than 14 people per vehicle. Your tour includes round trip transportation, entrance fees into the Grand Canyon National Park, and a fantastic picnic lunch near Native American Indian Ruins so you can enjoy exploring them for yourself! For your convenience they provide a cooler full of soft drinks, juices and water iced down. They have the most knowledgeable and friendly guides in the Grand Canyon to show you around and stay in the park longer than other tours, so they can show you the most! Our guests always return in the afternoon with wonderful comments about their day.
5 minutes away - Grand Canyon Railway (taxi service also available)
Take the Railway on one of its daily trips to the Grand Canyon. Their Wild West Shootout is at 9:00 a.m. and the train departs at 9:30 a.m. & returns at 5:45 p.m. daily.
5 minutes away -Williams/Route 66
Experience the Historic District along Route 66, where you can enjoy shopping, dining and seasonal entertainment. Springtime brings a mountain man Rendezvous, summertime classic car and Harley get-togethers, topped off with 4th of July fireworks. In the fall, colorful autumn days are followed by skiing when the snow falls.
5 minutes away - Grand Canyon Deer Farm
Walk among the deer and visit with other critters such as llamas, goats, a buffalo and talking birds. This attraction is a must see for families with children.
15 minutes away - Elephant Rocks Golf Club
A championship 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Panks and Associates.
20 minutes away -Elk Ridge Ski Area
This family oriented ski area has slopes for all skill levels and has an area for tubing.
30 minutes away - Flagstaff
Northern Arizona's Largest City.
40 minutes away - Lowell's Observatory
Best known for the discovery of Pluto, Lowell Observatory is also where scientists gathered the first evidence of the expanding universe.
45 minutes away -Flagstaff Arboretum
A 200-acre botanical garden, research station, and environmental education center.
45 minutes away - Museum of Northern Arizona
Outstanding displays of Native American art and regional history.
1 hour away - Arizona Snowbowl Ski Area
Winter skiing and summer sightseeing area of the San Francisco Peaks.
1 hour away - Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon
Breathtaking scenery bring visitors back to Sedona year after year.
1 hour away -Sunset Crater National Monument
There is something for everyone: prehistoric cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano, painted desert landscape and masonry pueblos of Wupatki National Monument.
1 ½ hours away - Meteor Crater
The oldest known crater, Meteor Crater is over 4,000 feet across, and 560 feet deep. The visitor center includes a theater and museum.
1 ½ hours away - Sycamore Canyon
Often overlooked by visitors to Sedona, this beautiful canyon gives you a chance to enjoy the surrounding beauty in solitude.
1 1/2 hours away - Grand Canyon Caverns
Located on Route 66, the Caverns have limestone walls formed in prehistoric times by an inland sea. Fossils and the bones of long-extinct animals have been found in the Caverns.
2 hours away -Historic Ghost Town of Jerome
Once a copper mining camp, Jerome is a small tourist and artist community.
2 hours away -Montezuma Castle
One of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America.
2 hours away - Fort Verde State Historic Park
Fort Verde served as a major base for General George Crook's cavalry troop during the Apache Wars.
2 hours away - Little Colorado River Basin
3 hours away -Petrified Forest National Park
One of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood. Also the Chinle Formation known as the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites and displays of 225 million-year-old fossils.
Make your trip especially memorable with one of these exciting tours. We can make all of the arrangements for you; just ask at our reservation desk.
The lakes within an 18-mile radius of Williams are well-known statewide for their scenery, serenity and good fishing. Most are open May 15-Oct. 31. Check lake conditions when planning your trip, the area has been affected by drought in recent years.
Cataract Lake is about one mile west of Williams
Kaibab Lake is about four miles east and north of Williams
Dogtown Lake is about 6.5 miles south and east of Williams
White Horse Lake is 19 miles south and east of Williams
J.D. Dam is located 19.5 miles south and east of Williams
Wildlife at it's best! Drive thru wildlife park