Local Area Attractions Near Williams / Exit 167 / Circle Pines KOA
Historic Downtown Williams
Distance: 5 miles
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 in the City of Williams - Forest Service Visitor Center (at 200 West Railroad Ave.) as well as most businesses.
Take I-40 west to AZ 64.
Head south on Route 66.
113 South First Street
Williams, AZ 86046
Grand Canyon National Park
Distance: 59 miles.
Considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it is easy to see why. The Grand Canyon is a site to behold. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and can get to a depth of over one mile long. Carved out by the Colorado River, the canyon offers a variety of lookout points with breathtaking views! Walk or bike along the rim, hike down into the canyon, take a bus to the different view points, or just sit and take in the experience that is the Grand Canyon.
Directions: Take I-40 west to AZ 64 North.
Grand Canyon Railway
Distance: 6 miles
The Grand Canyon Railway has been taking people to Grand Canyon since 1901. Combine a trip back in time to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and you get one incredible ride! Grand Canyon Railway offers a variety of travel from the Observation Dome to Pullman Class. Whatever you choose, the experience will be a memorable one!
Directions: Get on I-40 West.
Take exit 163 to N. Grand Canyon Blvd and turn left.
On W. Railroad Ave, turn right.
At N. 4th St, take the 2nd left.
At W. Railroad Ave, take the 1st left.
233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd
Williams, AZ 86046
Distance: 3 miles
Wildlife at it's best! Drive through three miles of wildlife to see a variety of animals including black bears, bighorn sheep, and bison! It also provides a walk-through where visitors can see smaller animals like bear cubs. Food and gift shop are also available for purchases.
Directions: Take I-40 West to 64 and turn left.
1500 E. Route 66
Williams, AZ 86046
Grand Canyon Deer Farm
Distance: 5.5 miles
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.
Directions: Take Circle Pines Road east from the campground.
6769 E. Deer Farm Rd.
Williams, AZ 86046
San Francisco Peaks
Distance: 44 miles
The San Francisco Peaks are a mountain range located just north of Flagstaff. Humphreys Peak is the highest summit of the range and is also the highest natural point in Arizona. What was once a volcano is now home to Arizona Snow Bowl and some fantastic hiking trails.
During the summer, Arizona Snow Bowl provides the Scenic Skyride. The Agassiz chairlift takes visitors to an elevation of 11,500 feet for a birds-eye view of the surrounding areas. The ride is about 25 minutes long in each direction. Take this opportunity to take pictures of these breathtaking views. Don't forget your camera!
Humphrey's Peak Trail is a 4.8-mile trail that guides you up the mountain to the highest peak. The trail will lead you through beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest up to the Alpine tundra. Start early to avoid the afternoon rains.
Take I-40 east to I-17 north into Flagstaff.
Follow Milton Road north to I-40 Bus E to 180.
Turn left on 180 north to North Snow Bowl Road.
9300 N. Snowbowl Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Distance: 33 miles
Set 7200 feet in elevation among the pines, Lowell Observatory is where Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. See the telescope that was used to discover this dwarf planet. View other large telescopes after dark to observe the night sky. Take a tour with one of the knowledgeable guides. Visit their gift shop consisting of unique gifts.
1400 West Mars Hill Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Arizona River Runners
Experience the adventure of a lifetime on a Grand Canyon rafting trip. Since 1970 Arizona River Runners has provided all-inclusive white water rafting trips. We have a wide variety of trip offerings from our 3-day Escape, our 6, 7 and 8-day motorized river rafting adventures and our 6, 8, 13-day oar powered whitewater trips.
Big Toy Playground
Distance: 1 mile
Have you ever wanted to feel the power of operating heavy construction equipment? Well, now you can! Big Toy Playground now offers you the opportunity of controlling 40,000 lbs of steel! Anyone, age 14 and older, can live out their dream of operating an excavator, loader, backhoe or skid steer. Dig giant holes, move mountains of dirt, maneuver through our obstacle course, stack towers of enormous tires, play backhoe basketball…these are just some of the exciting activities offered at Big Toy Playground. No previous experience is required. Our friendly and experienced instructors are there to help visitors have an amazing experience they will never forget.
While you are experiencing the thrill ride of a lifetime, family and friends are welcome to watch and take pictures. Seating is provided, and the viewing area is close enough to easily capture snapshots and video of the exciting event. After each session, spectators are invited to come into the Playground for pictures next to the construction equipment.
Sessions are offered daily at 10 am, noon and 3 pm. Reservations are required and can be made online at BigToyPlayground.com or by calling 928-637-8088 or 1-855-BIG-TOY (1-855-624-4869)
Directions: From the campground, head west on Circle Pines Road.
Head south across I-40 bridge on S. Garland Prairie Road
671 S. Garland Prairie Road
Williams, AZ 86046
Planes of Fame Museum
Distance: 30 miles
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.
Directions: Take I-40 West to 64 North
755 Mustang Way
Valle, AZ 86046
Lava River Cave
Distance: 27 miles
The Lava River Cave, just 27 miles from here, is an adventure to experience! It's about a mile long cave which makes for an interesting hike. Wear good hiking shoes and multiple light sources (flashlight and extra batteries). You might want to bring a long sleeved shirt since it can get down to 42 degrees in there. Also, there are no facilities at the cave.
Follow I-40 East to Hughes Ave (Exit 185) and turn left.
Turn left on Brannigan Park Road to Fire Rd 171 and turn right.
Turn right on Fire Rd 171B.
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!
Distance: 4 miles
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.
Take I-40 east to AZ 64.
Head north to Forest Road 47.
Enjoy more fishing opportunities at this lake! Take Fourth Street and turn left on forest service cindered road 140; follow signs to the lake.
White Horse Lake
Distance: 14.4 miles.
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.
Directions: Head west on Circle Pines Road onto S. Garland Prairie Rd.
Continue onto Forest Service Rd. 141.
Turn Right on White Horse Lake Rd.
Continue on Fire Road 109.
Photo by Keith Richins
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.
Distance: 56 miles.
Sedona's scenery is an experience in itself. Bring your camera as you explore beautiful red rock formations. Bring hiking shoes and enjoy trails with incredible views. Sedona offers a variety of shopping, restaurants, and tours. Make sure to stop and visit the Church on the Red Rock.
Directions: Take I-40 east to I-17. Turn off on State Route 89A south to Jordan Road.
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.
Other Area Attractions
Elephant Rock Golf Course
2200 Country Club Drive. Williams, AZ 86046. 928-635-4935 Website: www.elephant-rocks.com
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 from this campground on Golf Course Road in Williams. Come play a relaxing game!
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 this campground!
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.
20 minutes -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.
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 -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.
Fly over the Canyon to get a full perspective of the vastness and grandeur of the Eighth Wonder of the Natural World. http://www.airgrandcanyon.com/
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.
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.
On site at the campground -
Grand Canyon Van Tour