Local Area Attractions Near Grand Canyon / Williams KOA
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Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular of arid land erosion in the world. The park encompasses 1904 square miles, including 277 miles of the Colorado River. South Rim facilities are open all year. Stop and see the Grand Canyon IMAX theater then begin your day with a visit to the National Park Visitor's Center to get maps, brochures and view the slide presentation. Stop at Mather Point, Yavapai Point and Museum, historic El Tovar Lodge and the Bright Angel Lodge then begin your tour of the West Rim by free shuttle bus - this is an 8 mile one-way trip and shuttles come by every 15 minutes so take your time at the various overlooks. Visit the Grand Canyon National Park online for more information.
Fly over the Grand Canyon and experience a spectacular aerial tour of one of nature's noblest creations! See the office for details.
Grand Canyon Railway
Williams is home of the Grand Canyon Railway , a century-old rail line taking you to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Be entertained by cowboy characters, enjoy the tunes of strolling musicians and be part of a mock train robbery. The Railway is just minutes from the KOA. Your round trip will be 65 miles and prices for trips range from $45 to $85 for children and $60 up to $150 for adults. A variety of trips are available.
Flagstaff Area National Monuments
Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments are managed collectively as the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. Look up at Sunset Crater's cinder cone, down into Walnut Canyon, and out across the Wupatki grasslands to the Painted Desert. At all three monuments, the earth's geologic past lies exposed, shaped by the violence of volcanic eruptions and by the slow erosion of older rock layers. Visit the National Monuments online for more information. Wupatki contains more than 800 separate ruins which were built during the 11th and 13th centuries. Much of Wupatki can be experienced by driving the 35-mile loop road connecting the park to U.S. 89. Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions. At the base of Sunset Crater, walk the one-mile lava flow trail. Walnut Creek carved a 600-foot deep canyon into the local Kaibab limestone as it flowed east. Imagine how the Sinagua Indians existed among these cliffs as you take an easy hike along two different trails at Walnut Canyon. There is also a visitor center, museum and book store. Walnut Canyon is located off I-40 on Exit 204, just east of Flagstaff.
Picture a giant meteor, weighing several hundred thousand tons, zipping toward earth at nearly 40,000 mph! View the results of this gaping chasm: 570 feet deep and over 4,000 feet in diameter. Enjoy the Museum of Astrology with its exhibits, movies and lectures which vividly show and tell about this impact and others and the awesome results. See where the astronauts trained and see the spectacular beauty of Meteor Crater from the guided rim tours.
Grand Canyon Caverns
Grand Canyon Caverns are living, limestone caves that began forming millions of years ago. Today visitors travel 210 feet down into the caves by way of a modern elevator. Enjoy the 45-minute, 3/4-mile guided walking tour. Guests must be physically fit and wearing proper footwear for the tour. Tours depart every half hour daily except Christmas Day. For more adventure, join the Explorers Trail and go off -trail to rooms not viewed on the regular tour. Although Grand Canyon Caverns has been open to the public for over 74 years, each year new discoveries and deeper wonders are revealed. The Caverns are located on Historic Route 66 just 25 miles west of Seligman, Arizona and 60 miles east of Kingman, Arizona.
Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona
The winding road through Oak Creek Canyon is designated a scenic highway. Take a hike among the dozens of pools and waterfalls as Oak Creek winds its way down 16 miles of sheer rock walls. Swim in the cool, clear water. At the foot of Oak Creek Canyon, you will find, Sedona , the land of "Red Rock Country". Indulge in shopping, dining, sightseeing and so much more. Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona are just off Exit 195A at Flagstaff to U.S. 89A.
Grand Canyon National Park
One of the 7 wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a must see for any visitor to Northern Arizona. A short 45 minute drive will bring to the South Rim and all that the Grand Canyon National Park offers. Stop in the office to take advantage of our Canyon Concierge and wealth of information about the tips and tricks to make your visit even more memorable.
Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well
Come visit Motezuma Castle which is a five-story, 20-room dwelling that stands in a cliff recess a hundred feet above the valley. The well, 11 miles from the castle, supplied water to the local fields by way of irrigation ditches that were dug around 1200 A.D. About 1.5 million gallons of water a day flow into and out of the sinkhole, which is a spring fed, cup-shaped depression over 400 feet across.
Fort Verde Historic State Park
This 11 acre Arizona State park was where Tonto Apache Chief Chalipun officially surrendered to General George Cook in 1873 during the Indian Wars era. Fort Verde is a fun way to look back into the history of the West.
Numerous trails and viewpoints allow visitors a close look at the brittle lava flows that occurred 900 years ago. Immediately east of the flows, you will see the impressive and well-formed Sunset Crater Volcano, named by John Wesley Powell for the permanent red-orange hue near its peak.
The Museum of Northern Arizona
The Museum of Northern Arizona is located just 3 miles north of downtown Flagstaff, on US Highway 180. Enjoy this great stop on your way to or from the Grand Canyon. See outstanding displays of Native American art and regional history. There is a small admission fee for this museum.
Grand Canyon IMAX
Before you peer over the edge of one of the 7 wonders of the world, stop in just outside of the South Rim entrance to the Grand Canyon and check out the Grand Canyon IMAX film. The most watched IMAX in the world, this National Geographic sponsored film will take your breath away as it winds you through the canyon, tells you tales of the early explorers, and gets you excited for your own adventure.
Walnut Canyon is a tranquil, pristine, stream-cut gorge, seven miles east of Flagstaff on I-40. Hike down the paved trails that reveal the ancient cliff dwellings etched in the steep canyon walls where the Sinagua Indians lived. See displays of pottery and artifacts.
Lowell Observatory is located in Flagstaff, off of I-40, Exit 201 and features the world's largest collection of planetary photographs. It's out of this world! Admission ranges from $2 - $5. The planet Pluto was discovered here in the 1930's and houses one of the largest collections of planetary photographs in the world. Nighttime tours and viewing in the summer months.
Tuzigoot National Monument
Visit this pueblo built by the Sinagua Indians during the 14th century. Explore two levels and 110 rooms. View artifacts in the museum every day of the year except for Christmas Day. Visit Tuzigoot online for more information.
Wupatki National Monument
Situated in the rain shadow of the San Francisco Peaks, the area we now call Wupatki National Monument was once home to the farmers and traders of the Anasazi and Sinagua people or Hisatsinom, as their Hopi descendants call them. The area is characterized by freestanding masonry pueblos by walking short trails that allow you a window into the past. The largest of the pueblos with approximately 85 rooms is located behind the Wupatiki Visitor Center. This attraction is open year-round. Check out all there is to do at http://www.nps.gov/wupa/index.htm.
Planes of Fame Air Museum
The Air Museum displays aircraft spanning the history of manned flight, from a replica of the Chanute Hang Glider of 1896, through modern space flight, and includes numerous milestone achieving test and research flight vehicles. The Air Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, restoring, displaying, and preserving aircraft and memorabilia for the educational benefit of current and future generations. Visit the Air Museum online for more information.
Tusayan Ruins and Museum
The Tusayan Ruins are located just a few miles west of Desert View on the East Rim drive. Prehistoric Anasazi Indians built this pueblo around 1185 AD. Admission is free!
Jerome Historic Ghost Town
Clinging to the slopes of Cleopatra Hill, Jerome was once a roaring mining town of 15,000 people. Once called the "Wickedest Town in the West," today it boasts restored buildings and historic sites - the view is truly magnificent.
Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs.
1500 E. Rt. 66
Williams, AZ 86046
Explore Rt 66 & Historic Downtown Williams
Route 66 conjures up thoughts of rich history, soda fountains, neon lights, classic cars, and fun! Only in Williams, Arizona will you find a stretch of Route 66 with shopping, dining, lodging, and cowboy action- fun for the whole family.Williams, Arizona is a charming town nestled at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world. In a setting like this- it's no wonder Williams is considered an outdoor paradise.
Big Toy Playground
You get to drive a backhoe, excavator or skid steer at Big Toy Playground, where you'll have loads of fun.You know you've always wanted to run those huge machines you see on construction sites. Now you can operate one at Big Toy Playground! This unique experience is perfect for individuals, groups and parties. BTP is the ultimate playground for grown ups.