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Watchtower, Desert View

March 5th, 2015 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Desert View Watchtower,

is one of the most prominent architectural features on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The watchtower is located at the Easternmost view point once you enter the Park on Hwy 64 coming from the Navajo community of Cameron on Hwy 89. From a distance, the building’s silhouette looks like the Anasazi watchtower of which it was meant to imitate.

File:Yavapai Observation Station.jpgDesert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon

The watchtower was designed by the renowned early 20th century architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter in collaboration with some of the renowned Hopi artisans of the day.  The original steel and concrete structure of the observation level is hidden from sight behind plaster, stone and wood. Murals by well-known Hope artist Fred Kabotie are featured prominently on the second level of the circular stairwell. The main space is the Kiva Room in the base structure, apparently roofed with logs that were salvaged from the old Grandview Hotel. The Watchtower is part of the Desert View Watchtower Historic District, which includes a number of support structures built and used by the Fred Harvey Company. Later used by the National Park Service, the Desert View Watchtower was designated a United States National Historic Landmark in May 28, 1987 as a collective nomination.

Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park  From the top floor of the tower, you may see the varied colors of the Painted Desert and the Navajo Nation (the largest Native American reservation in the US) to the East, and the confluence of the Little Colorado River and the Colorado River to the North.  Access from balcony to balcony is provided by small accessible stairways and to the West you can see the majesty and beauty of the 13 mile wide Grand Canyon. The tower rises as an open shaft lined by circular balconies overlooking the central space whose engineering was provided by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.


Arboretum, Coconino County

February 2nd, 2015 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The Arboretum, in Coconino County,

is a 200-acre arboretum that is home to 2,500 species of mostly drought-tolerant adapted and native plants representative of the high-desert Colorado Plateau, home to Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. It is located 3.8 miles (6.1 km) south of U.S. Route 66 on Woody Mountain Road, West of Flagstaff, Arizona. The facility is located at 7,150′ in elevation, making it one of the highest-elevation public gardens in the United States. The Arboretum is known for its extensive collection of the genus Penstemon.Coconino Count Arboretum

The Arboretum was originally forest and a working ranch, and the home of Frances McAllister in the late 1960s. In 1981 she began her long-held dream of creating an arboretum when she donated the land and created its financial endowment.

The Arboretum is a unique destination, specializing in plants native to the high elevation habitat of northern Arizona; open May through Coconino Count ArboretumOctober, six days a week (closed Tuesdays).

Many improvements are underway and they are making plans for an exciting 2014 season.Coconino Count Arboretum

The Colorado Plateau is home to 6,000 plant species, 34 of which are federally listed as threatened or endangered; many others are considered rare. This region is unique because federal agencies manage 55 percent of the land area.

The Arboretum has developed strong working relationships with local land managers and scientists to research, restore, and recover species found in this unique environment.

The Arboretum is a charter member of the Center for Plant Conservation and currently cares for 30 national collection plant species. The Research Department seeks to conserve these species using ex-situ (off-site) propagation, seed storage, and monitoring methods.

All of these efforts require help from a strong core of volunteers, without which they would fail to meet their conservation goals.Coconino Count Arboretum

To restore regional native landscapes, they need local seeds and the knowledge to grow them. The Research Department participates in the Seeds of Success Program sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management and plays a leading role in the Northern Arizona Native Seed Alliance (NANSA).

Located on The Arboretum grounds, Merriam-Powell Research Station enables land managers and scientists from far and wide an affordable means to come examine the unique flora and fauna of the Colorado Plateau.

Shoshone Point

October 10th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Ametuer phtographer shot of Grand Canyon from Shoshone Point; guest of the Grand Canyon Bed and BreakfastThom & Judy Rogers (from Florida) stayed with us for a few days this past August and while here took some pictures, actually many pictures of Shoshone Point at the Grand Canyon.  Ametuer phtographer shot of Grand Canyon from Shoshone Point; guest of the Grand Canyon Bed and BreakfastHere are a few of them that they would like to share with our past guests, future guests, and any one else who loves the Grand Canyon as much as Del & I do.  ENJOY!Ametuer phtographer shot of Grand Canyon from Shoshone Point; guest of the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Polar Express

August 15th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry


Grand Canyon Railway's Santa Village only accessible by the Polar Express from Williams, Arizona

It’s Santa on the Polar Express



Here is a very special chance for you and the entire family to experience the magic of The Polar Express™, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

This Winter weekend, from November 7th thru January 3rd, the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, Arizona, to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”—where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. You’ll be smiling from ear to ear, as you watch children’s faces light up when the train arrives, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to this timeless story.

Make this a family holiday tradition, and call today to make your reservations (because space is limited to those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas). The ride lasts a little over an hour, with the train leaving each night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., as well as select days that feature a 3:30 p.m. matinee departure. Prices are $39 for Adults and $25 for children.  Christmas Eve rates are $69 & $43 (all $$ plus tax).Santa Calus visiting the children on the Polar Express


Once you’ve reserved your tickets for The Polar Express, your family is excited to go to the North Pole. So now what? The following information will help you plan your trip to maximize the magic.

First book your reservations to stay the night at Grand Canyon Bed and breakfast.Grand Canyon Railway presents the Polar Express

Grand Canyon Railway’s The Polar Express is a magical, nighttime train adventure to the “North Pole.” During the holiday season The Polar Express departs the Williams Depot in Williams, AZ, and takes you and your family on a journey through the moonlit wilderness.

Much like in the book and movie, guests can expect a lively bunch of elves, chefs and other characters to provide constant entertainment. Photo-ops are plentiful as you are encouraged to sing, dance and act out old fashioned holiday songs, and read along to The Polar Express story. Fill up on sugar cookies and hot chocolate provided by Santa’s chefs just before you arrive at the North Pole.

Upon arrival to Santa’s Village, the train will fill with anticipation as Santa makes his way on his visit to each, visiting every boy, girl, mom and dad, leaving them with a special gift as the train returns to the Williams Depot.

Sheri and Del can book your reservations on The Polar Express for you, BUT do it early because it fills up quickly.  Call us @ 928-635-0657.


Grand Canyon Deer Farm

July 8th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Grand Canyon Deer Farm near Williams, Arizona

Have you ever wanted to pet a deer?  Can you imagine your picture taken with a deer close enough to hug?

Reindeer in winter at the Grand Canyon Deer Farm

Deer Farm near the Grand Canyon and Williams, Arizona

The Fallow Deer are living among wallabies, marmoset, coatimundis, zebu, & mini-horses & donkeys.  There is also a cockatoo & parrot.

You’ll also get up close and personal with a reindeer or two.

Sharing in the family fun at the Grand Canyon Deer Farm

When you stay with us at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Williams, AZ, one of your day trips can take you East a few miles to the Farm – it’s a great time for animal lovers of all ages.

One of our Family Suites

Special Event Permits

March 28th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Special Event Permits in Coconino National Forest


Coconino National Forest in Northern Arizona offers many spectacular views and trails that have been amazing visitors for many lifetimes. These breathtaking views have been popular backdrops for weddings of all sizes. Brides have found the perfect setting for small and simply weddings as well as larger, catered venues. Popular destinations, such as Crescent Moon Ranch, require special event permits and agreement to abide by all rules for National Park use.


Several planning companies offer their services for weddings in Coconino National Forest and can help with as little or as much as any bride could wish for their outdoor wedding. Special Events Permits within the forest are required for all groups of 75 people or more as well as all events requiring admission. Smaller wedding parties need also be aware of all park regulations when planning their day.

Crescent Moon Ranch popular for weddings in Coconino National Forest with special event permits


Wedding Guests wishing to be married at the Crescent Moon Ranch at the base of Cathedral Park must read and abide by the special requirements of the park, implemented because of the popularity of the site for the use of weddings. These regulations and Special Event Permits are found at


For other wedding destinations couples can consider locations such as West Clear Creek, Kendrick Mountain, Fossil Creek, Wet Beaver, and Kachina Peaks; for all of which pictures are available in our Gallery . For permits and regulations regarding National Park use for weddings bridal parties can visit the National Forest website at

For couples wishing to be married inside the Grand Canyon, park rules and permits are different from those in other destinations of the National Forest. Fore information on obtaining a licence for a park wedding you may visit the Grand Canyon park management page at There you will find links to all the available pages for wedding parties, applications, associated fees, and the required permits for area use. Please be advised that the scenes of the Grand Canyon, as well as Crescent Moon Ranch, are highly desirable settings for wedding events and may require advanced planning and reservations.

What to do in Northern Arizona

February 12th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

What To Do and See in Northern Arizona While Staying At Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast







           Attractions within 1 mile of Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast (in the City Limits) in Northern Arizona:

  • Historic Walking Tour of Williams, AZ

  • “Cruise the Loop” in Williams, AZ

  • Shops

  • Restaurants

  • Grand Canyon Railroad

  • Bearizona Wildlife Park

Enjoy attractions within a 30 mile radius:

West of our Bed & Breakfast

           South of B&B

  • Elk Ridge Ski Resort

  • Kaibab National Forest – for hiking, mountain biking, downhill and cross-country skiing

  • Coleman Lake Wildlife Refuge

  • Dogtown Reservoir

  • Bill Williams Mountain

  • White Horse Lake

  • Schultz Lake Wildlife Refuge

Attractions within a 60 mile radius:

North of our Bed & Breakfast

West of our Bed & Breakfast

  • Grand Canyon Caverns

East of our Bed & Breakfast

  • Indian Ruins: Wupatki, Walnut Canyon, Montezuma Well, Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot, and Palatki National Monuments

  • San Francisco Peaks and Arizona Snowbowl

  • Hart Prairie

  • Sunset Crater National Monument

  • Lowell Observatory

  • Northern Arizona Museum

  • Theatre, Symphony and Performing Arts

  • Antique Stores, Shops, Restaurants and Night life

Attractions within a 90 mile radius:

East of our Bed & Breakfast

 South of our Bed & Breakfast

  • Scenic Route 89A through Oak Creek Canyon

  • Red Rocks of Sedona\

  • Sedona Shops

  • Galleries featuring Native American arts

  • Galleries featuring Southwestern arts

  • Outlet Mall

 East & North of our Bed & Breakfast

  • Navajo Indian Reservation

  • Hopi Indian Reservations

  • Trading Posts featuring Native American arts

There is enough in the mountains and high deserts around Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Northern Arizona to keep you busy for quite a few days!

The Grand Canyon Railway Steam Engine

January 16th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The Grand Canyon Railway Steams to the Canyon

Monday, February 17th is the 1st ‘Steam to the Canyon’ scheduled in 2014. Historic steam engine 4960 will pull passenger cars to and from the Grand Canyon. It isn’t often that this happens. Most days in the year, The train is pulled by a diesel engine.steam engine pulling grand canyon railway

The Grand Canyon Railway is fueled by waste vegetable oil (WVO), driven by an iron will, powered by ingenuity. The Grand Canyon Railway preserves our historic trains and the environment through which they run.

We celebrates the history of vintage rail travel with several steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon. You, too can ride all the way to the Canyon and back behind 90 year-old Locomotive 4960.

For years the Railway operated steam engines from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but in 2008 we discontinued regular runs because of environmental considerations. Operating an all-diesel fleet of locomotives year-round saves a considerable amount of fuel and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants associated with steam locomotives.

The railway recently became the first tourist railway in the United States to receive ISO 14001 third-party certification of its environmental management system (EMS) after a two-year process involving complete review, development and implementation of environmental initiatives in all of its operations.

There are two operable steam locomotives that have been restored to like-new working condition. Locomotive No. 4960 was built in 1923 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. It operated a freight and coal hauling service for the Midwestern Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) railroad until the late 1950s and made its first official run on the Grand Canyon line in 1996. Locomotive No. 29 was restored in 2004 at a cost of more than $1 million and 26,000 man-hours of labor. An SC-3 class locomotive, Locomotive No. 29 was built in 1906 by ALCO in Pittsburgh and weighs 185 tons. No. 29 currently enjoys semi-retirement as a prominent fixture on the platform in Williams.

For more information on the Railway and Its Steam Engine events please visit The Train.

Arizona Wedding

January 13th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

An Arizona wedding with the beauty and variety of the Wild West.

Many couples are searching for the most romantic and most memorable way to celebrate their union. Arizona offers some of the most breathtaking and unique views and backdrops for any wedding. Whether you are looking for an extreme vow exchange or more of a traditional ceremony, the southwestern landscape of an Arizona wedding offers everything from desert to mountain; heat wave to gently falling snow.

Couples can delight their guests with a trip on the most famous train of the west on their way to and from the Grand Canyon enjoying the comfort of private cars and even an observation car for those wishing to take their vows along the way. Sedona offers the beauty of its majestic red rocks facing the Oak Creek Canyon with banquet halls and golf courses for many budgets and tastes. For more quiet events the Aspen Groves of Williams can promise seclusion and serenity. Themed Arizona weddings abound along the streets of Historic Route 66 and within its many museums.

Join other brides in Flagstaff on Saturday,January 25, 2014, at the Northern Arizona Wedding Expo where a ‘One Stop Shop’ for brides, attracts brides from all over looking for an easy solution for planning their Arizona wedding. More information can be found at

For an Arizona Marriage License

  • Both parties must appear together in person at the Clerk of the Court office at Williams Justice Court

    700 W. Railroad Ave.
    Williams, AZ 86046

    Ph: (928) 679-7698  ,

    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Monday – Friday

  • Fees are $76 cash

  • Provide drivers license to verify names

  • Social Security numbers are required from U.S. citizens

  • Parties must be 18 years of age or older, or:

    • Parties 16-17 must have both parents consent

    • Parties under 16 require parents consent and a judges order

Tour the Grand Canyon by Boat or Whitewater Raft

January 7th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

For the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona,

it remains the granddad of all adventures.

river trip through the most famous canyon in the world.  The 144,500 mile long Colorado River snakes its way through the canyon and flows all the way to Mexico. Grand Canyon Colorado River trips often become life-changing as moving through the gorge, running its rapids and being disconnected from the civilized world for as much as three weeks is bound to alter a person forever.White wter rafting in the Colorado River of the Grand Canyon Seated on a rock overlooking the Colorado River, it’s hard to imagine life getting much better than on a river trip, watching the sun come up over the Grand Canyon. Rafting the Canyon is a religious experience for many of the thousands of boaters who ply the waters.

Both motorized and non-motorized boat tours on the Colorado river are available. Motorized boat tours  offer riders a chance to walk around on the raft while floating. Non-motorized boat tours offer a chance to enjoy the canyon at the pace of the Colorado river. Riders may choose to raft down whitewater or smooth water sections of the river on either single or multiple-day trips


While it usually requires reservations and a long wait, whitewater rafting the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon is worth it.  Most guests book a year or two or more in advance to get the dates they want.  Some people choose a taste of the river with a 3 day motor trip from Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch.  You can also start your 3 day trip at Phantom Ranch and get off the River at Diamond Creek.  Other guests go for the longer trips that cover a good deal of the Canyon’s 277 river miles.

More than a dozen companies offer trips of various lengths and styles.

Suggested URL is: Plan Your Trip


Lifetime Admittance to ANY National Park/Monument

April 1st, 2011 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Enjoy Lifetime admittance to all of the Nations Parks and Monuments.

If you are a US Citizen, The National Park Service offers a special offer for when you’ve reached or passed the age of 62. A Golden Age Passport (lifetime admittance pas) can be purchased for $20 giving you free entry to any and all national parks and national monuments in the US.  If you are under 62, you can purchase a National Parks Pass for $50 which allows unlimited access for one calendar year.  There are other benefits to own either one of them.  More information about both passes can be obtained from the booklet you receive when you purchase your Pass.

Visit our web site and make a reservation to stay at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast.  Purchase a Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass at the Williams/Grand Canyon Visitor Center.  Explore Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  We’ll make your visit to the Grand Canyon an enjoyable one.  We look forward to spending time together.

*2013 update*  This pass is no longer available, but has now been replaced by the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Information for obtaining one of these passes is available at This lifetime pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. Those carrying Golden Age passes may be assured they are still good for the life of the bearer.

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