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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

Northern Arizona Native American Events

September 11th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

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Buying Native American Indian art and crafts directly from the men and women who make them can be a highlight of a visit to Northern Arizona.

 You’re not only getting treasured mementos of your trip, but you’re also investing in the continuing traditions of the artists who created them.  Deciding what and where to purchase, and ensuring that the items are genuine, is not always easy.  Four tips are: check the label, question the origins, study before you get there, and ask for documentation.

 

The following are year-long festivals close to Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast and their URLs to learn specific dates and address:

 

October

Tu’Nanaees’ Dizi Dine Fair – Western www.dinefair.com Tuba City

Tuhisma Hopi Arts & Crafts Market http://hopeputave.net/5.html Kykotsmovi

 

May

Native American Arts Auction www.friendsofhubbell.org Ganado

Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture www.musnaz.org Flagstaff

 

June

Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture www.musnaz.org Flagstaff

 

The Arizona Trail

August 27th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The Arizona Trail was the dream of Dale Shewalter

He envisioned a cross-state trail in the 1970s, and in 1985, while he was working as a Flagstaff schoolteacher, walked from Nogales to the Utah state line to explore the feasibility of a trail traversing Arizona.  Immediately thereafter, Dale began traveling around the state giving presentations on his vision of a trail connecting communities, mountains, canyons, deserts, forests, public lands, historic sites, various trail systems, wilderness areas, and other points of interest.  The idea was embraced by all types of trails users throughout Arizona, and by Arizona State Parks and the Kaibab, Coronado, Coconino, and Tonto National Forests, the Bureau of Land Management, and National Parks Service.Panoramic view of Arizona Trail across the state parks region

Inventory work was needed on determining the existing trails that could be interconnected to be designated as part of the Arizona Trail, and at the same time, where new trails would be needed to traverse Arizona’s diverse landscapes.   In the late 1980′s, Dale was hired by the Kaibab National Forest to be the first paid coordinator for the Arizona Trail, and all agencies began establishing segments of the Arizona Trail.Arizona Trail in the Kiabab National Forest

By 1990, two needs became apparent – a formal partnership among all governmental agencies was necessary to better coordinate efforts and communication, and a non-profit organization for the trail was needed.  Using monies from all four National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and funding of its own, Arizona State Parks assumed the lead role and employed paid coordinators for the Arizona Trail throughout the 1990s.Arizona Trail funded by four national parks

In 1994, the Arizona Trail Association became an organized voice for the trail, and brought together passionate day hikers, backpackers, equestrians, mountain bicyclists, runners, trail builders, nature enthusiasts, cross-country skiers, and llama packers from throughout the state.  These committed individuals (then and even more so today) provided the necessary route identification to “close the gaps” of the trail, provided the necessary volunteers for building and maintaining the trail, created maps and provided GPS coordinates, identified water sources and resupply points, and raised money and awareness for the trail.Arizona Trail has an association that organizes and voices needs for the trail

Also in the 1990s and continuing today, various trail crews that spend extended periods of time working on the trail have contributed greatly.  These include various youth corps crews, Sierra Club service trips, American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations, scouting and college groups, Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona, REI service trips, Backcountry Horsemen of America, International Mountain Bicycling Association – Subaru Trail Care Crews, and many more.  These trail crews can spend extended periods of time in the backcountry, where logistics can be challenging for the typical weekend volunteer work project.Arizona Trail cleaned and maintained by corporate sponsers

Since 2000, some very significant milestones have been reached that originally seemed very difficult to achieve.  These include:   working to reestablish the trail in areas severely affected by major wildfires; traversing the challenging topography north of the Gila River; working through landowner opposition west of the San Francisco Peaks; developing outstanding maps and GPS information to better assist trail users through the remote areas along the trail. It is the above milestones that brought the Arizona Trail to its current completed state.

The Arizona Trail has become one of the premier long distance trails in the country.  The diversity of people that have made this happen are as diverse as the trail itself. The Arizona Trail demonstrates what trail users and land managers can accomplish when they share a common vision.

Interactive Arizona Trail Map

For an Interactive map click here

Desert View Watchtower

August 22nd, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Desert View Watchtower is one of the most prominent architectural features on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Desert View Watchtower in the Grand Canyon close to the Bed and Breakfast in WilliamsDesert View Watchtower in the Grand Canyon close to the Bed and Breakfast in Williams  The tower 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.

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.  Murals by well-known Hope artist Fred Kabotie are featured prominently on the second level of the circular stairwell.

View of Painted Desert from Desert View Watchtower; http://worldonabike.com/files/2009/04/20090228img-2755grand-canyon-1.jpg  From the top floor of the tower, you 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.  To the West you see the majesty of the 13 mile wide Grand Canyon.

Native American of Northern Arizona

August 5th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The Hopi, Navajo, and Havasupai Native American cultures have the closet ties to Grand Canyon.  All three have their creation ‘stories’  originating here.

You can experience the home of these three peoples today as you visit the Indian Nations around Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast.

For more than 40,000 visitors a year, the famed Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Reservation is where it’s at when it comes to Grand Canyon.  Located in a side canyon that opens onto the Colorado river, Havasu Creek (which originates as Cataract Creek in Williams, AZ)  drops along four major falls, the most popular and scenic being Havasu Falls.  A campground located just downstream from the falls offers the perfect oasis getaway.  Because a hike or backpack trip, is eight miles one way, and the hike farther down canyon can lead to several more miles of exploration, it is a high adventure experience.

Native American History Havasu Falls near the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast; http://www.wildbackpacker.com/wp-content/uploads/havasufallsfromtrail.jpg

Covering 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers), the Navajo Nation is the single largest Native American reservation in the United States.  Because this area consists of vast stretches of open land a car is necessary to get around. Be sure to fill up your gas tank when you have the opportunity. Service stations are few and far between in this region.  The characteristic folk art of the Navajo is the Navajo rug (or blanket). Each region of the reservation has its own characteristic style of weavings, with a few patterns that can be found reservation-wide. As with other folk art, quality and prices vary wildly; small items for the tourist trade can be had for as little as $20 or so, while a gigantic, museum-quality (but brand-new rather than antique) rug from the prestigious “Two Grey Hills” region sold for $60,000 at an Indian market a few years ago. The key thing to remember is that the value of a particular weaving is the value you place on it. If you see a piece you like, haggle over price if you wish; if you don’t get the price you want, look for another one. Also, look for Navajo turquoise/silver jewelry. The closest location to our B&B to experience Navajo culture, art and food is at Cameron Trading Post on the ‘Rez’

. Native American Cameron Trading Post near Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast; http://www.toadlenatradingpost.com/images/home/generations_350x200.jpg

To experience first-hand one of the most studied and revered Native American cultures in the country, visit the Hopi Nation. The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. The reservation occupies part of Coconino and Navajo counties, encompasses more than 1.5 million acres, and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas.  Hopi art is characterized by their pottery and hand carve kachina.

Since time immemorial the Hopi people have lived in Hopituskwa and have maintained there sacred covenant with Maasaw, the ancient caretaker of the earth, to live as peaceful and humble farmers respectful of the land and its resources. Over the centuries they have survived as a tribe, and to this day have managed to retain there culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world.

Native American Culture Kachina Dolls; http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Kachina_dolls.jpg

Grand Canyon Caverns

July 21st, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Grand Canyon Caverns located on the Coconino Plateau,

the Caverns lie within an alluvial plain at an altitude of about 5,300 feet (1,600 m) above sea level. Limestone comprises the vast majority of the subsurface area of this vicinity of the Coconino Plateau, an area riddled with numerous cavernous veins that run for miles in all directions.Grand Canyon Taverns off Rte 66; http://www.gokingman.com/media/uploads/images/Grand-Canyon-Caverns-300px-.jpg

Just 66 miles West of Williams ,AZ on Route 66, the Caverns lie 230 feet (70 m) below ground level. They are among the largest of dry caverns in the United States. Dry caverns are a rarity in that as little as 3% of caverns in the world are dry. Because of this fact, stalagmites and stalactites are very few in numbers. The caverns are enormous, with measurements showing that the length of 3 football fields could fit snugly within its boundaries.

345 million years ago, during the Mississippian Period, the southwest United States was enveloped by the ocean. Sea creatures died over the millions of years, their skeletons created a mud-like paste with a dense amount of lime. This eventually hardened into the limestone bedrock, which can be seen in the caverns today. As millions of years came and went, the bedrock was pushed up, to over 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level. These methodical events split the crust of the Earth, releasing water into what is now the caverns.Grand Canyon Caverns off Rte 66; http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTAL3tZ_H5Rdf1vmTBPXH6FukaB8j-RqUEhB3YAXtqHxuo4VN8i

Approximately 35 million years ago, huge amounts of rainfall carrying a mildly acidic element flowed into the caverns. This solution eventually crept its way through the cracks and caves ultimately contributing to the Colorado River. Millions of years later the evaporating water leaving calcium deposits began decorating the walls and floors, creating wondrous and beautiful formations that can still be viewed by the public today.

Contemporary History

In 1927, Walter Peck, a cowboy and woodcutter, was walking through the area on his way to play poker with his friends. when he stumbled and nearly fell into a sizable hole in the ground. The following morning, Peck, and some of his friends returned to the location of the large, funnel shaped hole with lanterns and ropes. Peck was lowered into the hole by his friends with a rope tied around his waist to a depth of 150 feet (46 m) with a lantern and began exploring.

A very large, dark cavern welcomed Peck during his initial exploration where he saw some speckles on the walls that he thought were gold. He gathered up samples of some of these shiny rocks and had his friends pull him back to the surface. Peck then purchased the property and began making preparations for a gold mining operation. Once the assay reports were completed he learned that his potential mother lode was nothing more than iron oxide.Grand Canyon Caverns off Rte 66; http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRhGLetIT1O3rTpq_DQTRL3YwJvkCnZtdYG7nGAlXXm2PBhfp8-nQ

Not one to give up on entrepreneurial opportunities, Peck came up with an idea to lure travelers to the Caverns and began charging 25 cents to lower these early spelunkers down into the Caverns to explore and to view what had been reported in newspapers to be the remains of a caveman that had earlier been located on a ledge. Although the ‘caveman’ had also lured scientist from the east to study the remains, it was later confirmed in the 1960s to be the remains of two inhabitants of the area. These inhabitants had been in the area barely a decade earlier during the winter of 1917-1918, when a group of Indians were harvesting and cutting firewood on the caverns hilltop and a snow storm trapped them for three days. Two brothers died from a flu epidemic and since the ground was frozen solid with deep snow cover, their fellow lumberjacks buried them in what they thought was only a 50-foot (15 m) hole because returning them to their tribal headquarters in Peach Springs, risked spreading the flu.

An entrance was built into the Caverns by blasting a 210-foot (64 m) shaft in the limestone and installing a large elevator at which time the natural entrance was also sealed off at the request of the Hualapai as it was considered a sacred burial place. Near the natural entrance, the skeletal remains of a giant and extinct ground sloth were found; it lived during the Age of Mammals when the Woolly Mammoth and Saber Tooth Cat lived more than 11,000 years ago. The study of the remains indicate it stood over 15 feet (4.6 m) tall and weighed near 2,000 pounds.Grand Canyon Caverns off Rte 66; http://www.utchs.com/Grand_Canyon_Caverns/IMG_0342.jpg

In 1962, the Caverns were renamed, Grand Canyon Caverns, with good reason, as it is connected to the Grand Canyon to the north.  They are an  Historic Route 66 roadside tourist attraction that has survived into the current century with nearly 100,000 tourists annually.

Features

Grand Canyon Caverns is the largest dry caverns in the United States and maybe the largest dry cavern system on earth as they are still being explored and documented by both amateur and professional spelunkers, archaeologists, geologists and other varieties of scientists. At a constant 57 degrees with only a 2 percent humidity year round the Caverns are an ideal preservatory.  Air comes into the caverns from the Grand Canyon through 60 miles (97 km) of limestone caves. (See picture of opening at end of article). Scientists were curious as to how far the caverns extended and looked for a safe means of finding out. Rather than explore the canyons, which could take years, red smoke flares were ignited by University of Arizona students, and two weeks later red smoke was seen protruding from vents, near Supai, AZ, in the Grand Canyon, thus the name.  Supai Falls near Grand Canyon Caverns; http://photos2.demandstudios.com/dm-resize/photos.demandstudios.com%2Fgetty%2Farticle%2F88%2F114%2F87672387_XS.jpg?w=400&h=10000&keep_ratio=1

Spelunkers and tourists alike can take a 45-minute, guided, walking tour of the Caverns beginning with a 21-story, or 210-foot (64 m) descent from the earth’s surface in a large elevator, or a shorter 25-minute wheelchair accessible tour. The more hardcore and professional spelunkers can explore on their own, with the proper permission of course, areas that are never seen by the ordinary tours.

The first cavern that one enters after their descent by elevator is the Chapel of the Ages cavern room which is so large it could hold up to two football fields. There have been numerous weddings performed in this room throughout the years. The most popular guided walking tour is about 3/4 of a mile long through winding, natural tunnels where guests will see helecite crystals, a rather rare form of selenite, red-wall limestone, ‘teacup handles’, ‘winter crystals’ and more.  The Caverns are a popular natural feature of this vast recreational area in Northern Arizona.

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?

Grand Canyon Deer Farm https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/s720x720/530004_405565136130444_1396360490_n.jpg When you visit Grand Canyon Deer Farm, you walk with a herd of Fallow Deer that are tame enough to eat out of your hand and that love to be petted.

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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.

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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.

Hogan Hozoni suite at the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

One of our Family Suites

Red Rock Arches of Northern Arizona

June 2nd, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Adventures With Red Rock Arches -

You don’t have to travel to Arches National Park; experience Arizona’s Red Rock Arches within a 1.5 hour drive from Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast.Arizona's Red Rock Arches in northern arizona near the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

 

Most people come to Fay Canyon to see the natural arch that’s located just under a mile up the trail. But those who don’t know about it usually walk right past it. Though the Fay Canyon Arch is by no means small, it looks so much like an ordinary rock overhang it’s easy to glance right at it and not realize what you’ve seen. If you keep watching the rock wall to the north (right) side of the trail sooner or later you’ll spot it. Then the short, steep trail up to the arch can be a little hard to locate too.

After you’ve found the arch you may want to continue on up the trail. This small, hidden canyon supports a diverse community of desert plants and provides good views of the surrounding cliffs. The trail follows an old jeep track which eventually turns into a footpath. It dead ends at a red Supai sandstone cliff where you can see evidence of some ancient Indian dwellings and marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.

   Area/Length : Red Supai sandstone cliff of northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

  1.1 miles

  Latitude :

34.901929

  Longitude :

-111.85791

  Elevation :

4592 at trailhead

 

Devil’s Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area; don’t let its name fool you: It’s one of the most heavenly sights in an area famous for them.

From a trailhead elevation of 4,600 feet, there’s a mere 400 foot climb in altitude during this moderately difficult, 1.8-mile roundtrip trek; the journey to reach the top won’t leave you breathless — but we would never say the same about the views you’ll witness when you finally get there.

This popular hike has attractions for both casual hikers who lack the desire or the stamina to stray too far from civilization, and the more adventurous outdoors enthusiasts. Starting at the parking area, follow the trailmarker that points the way to Devil’s Bridge Trail. You’ll find the early going effortless; the trail, originally built for jeep travel, is smooth and clear and leads you through washes filled with juniper and prickly pear cactus.

Area/Length :

  0.8 miles

  Latitude :

34.903223

  Longitude :

-111.81396

  Elevation :

4607 at trailhead

 

Take an easy hike along the bottom of Sterling Canyon. The drainage is dry most of the year. Shade is available, but it would be wise to carry some water in the warm months.Sterling Canyon in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

The signed trailhead is on the east side of the parking area. The well maintained trail almost immediately enters Wilderness and climbs gradually in the shade of Arizona cypress beside a dry stream bed on the floor of Sterling Canyon. There are occasional views of red rock formations to the left and of the sheer walls of Lost Wilson Mountain on the right. After .75 miles, the trail enters stands of ponderosa pine and oak which show the scars from the 1996 “Arch” fire.  Nearing the 1.75 mile point, there is a marked fork. Sterling Pass Trail branches off to the right. Keep left and continue 100 yards where the trail ends at a large red rock outcrop. There are nice views of the canyon, mountains and of Vultee Arch, about .25 miles the north.

  Area/Length :

  1.75 miles

  Latitude :

34.937106

  Longitude :

-111.794187

  Elevation :

4803 at trailhead

Mule Rides at Canyon Vistas

May 30th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

View of Grand Canyon National Park at sunset from the South Rim

Canyon Vistas Mule Rides

Once you’ve taken in some of the history and admired the views of Grand Canyon like countless millions before you, it’s time to experience a unique viewing experience.Mule Rides on a trail in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon’s ‘long-eared taxis’, mules, depart twice daily (9am & 1 pm), through October, and once daily (10am) through mid-March. from Yaki Barn.

Your three hour adventure starts at the main livery barn in Grand Canyon Village. From there, riders will be transported aboard an interpretive tour bus to Yaki Barn near South Kaibab Trailhead. Here riders join their mules for two hours in the saddle on a four-mile ride that travels along a new trail built by the National Park Service. Wranglers will stop several times along the trail to provide interpretive information about geologic formations, human history, fire ecology, the Colorado River, the area’s native peoples, the surrounding forest and more. The cost of the ride is $114.00 plus tax.

Riders have been hosted by mules through Grand Canyon since 1887.  More than 600,000 tourists have taken advantage of riding rather than walking as they experience  the Park.  Now, for the first time in more than 125 years, you have the opportunity to take a mule a ride along the South Rim as well as down into Grand Canyon.mule rides trail through the Grand Canyon National Park

‘Canyon Vistas’ mule ride, which opened in August of 2013, will have you mere feet from the Canyon’s edge.  Mules (the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey) perfectly suited for the unnerving terrain because of their strength, temperament, and endurance.  It’s actually comforting to know that mules are stubborn.  These Jacks (male) and Jennies (female) don’t do anything that will put themselves in danger.  Mules are more sure-footed than horses, which is an additional bonus.    Because of the placement of their eyes, they can see all four of their hooves, which make it to safe for them to maneuver even the narrowest of trails.http://www.azcentral.com/i/f/9/f/M11_CIFR00d308a166c635a810895a89c5b0cf9f.jpg

Stay with us at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast, enjoy our acclaimed hospitality, and include the Canyon Vistas ride as part of your Grand Canyon experience.

Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

May 19th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Out of Africa; A Day Trip from Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Tigers – You’ve never seen anything like this before! Witness one or more Bengal and Siberian tigers interact in a predator-and-play relationship, romping and splashing in a large pool as they play with their caretakers and various colorful toys at Out of Africa Wildlife Park

.Tigers performing at Out of Africa Wildlife Park near Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Predator Feed – Follow our animal caretakers on the Predator Feed as they throw 800 pounds of raw food to eagerly waiting carnivores. Plenty of opportunities to take amazing pictures while bears chow down, hyenas laugh, and lions roar.Lions at Out of Africa Wildlife Park near Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Wonders of Wildlife Show – You’ll be fascinated by the antics of our residents, whether it’s grizzly bears at play flopping in the pool, spotted hyenas playing tug-of-war with caretakers, or a walkabout where you’re shown a rare side of exotic animals.Swimming bears at Out of Africa Wildlife Park near Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Creature Feature  - Experience an interactive animal encounter that will introduce you to some of our beloved and popular animal stars ranging from furry, to feathered, to scaly.Children hold constrictor snake at Out of Africa Wildlife Park near Grand Canyon Bed and BreakfastBaby meeting deer at Out of Africa Wildlife Park near Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

 

Giant Snake Show – Get behind the myths, and discover the reality of the Giant Snake. Take advantage of this interactive experience and opportunity to look closely. If you choose to, you can even touch and hold some of the world’s largest species. Safe for all ages.

Lounging lions at Out of Africa Wildlife Park near Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Wildlife Preserve – Engage the splendor of the wildlife preserve, composed of the free-roaming Serengeti, the entertainment arena and courts, and spacious habitats located throughout the park. Enjoy by foot or park vehicles.

Some of the animals that live at Out of Africa Wildlife Park are considered to be threatened species. Additionally, we have animals that are considered to be near threatened, which means that they are in danger of being placed in the category of threatened in the future. Out of Africa Wildlife Park works in partnership with our global community to help conserve these animals for our planet. As a friend of Out of Africa Wildlife Park, there are many ways that you can get involved in this effort.

Antelope Slot Canyons

May 13th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The Antelope Slot Canyons have been the area’s best kept secrets for generations.  

A photographers dream, as beautiful as some of them are, don’t do Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons justice.  On entering either one, visitors often gasp in wonder.  It’s a must see day trip for photographers of all levels, and greatly recommended for everybody else.

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Upper Antelope Slot Canyon                                                          Lower Antelope Slot Canyon

When you take a guided van/boat tour arranged by Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast, you travel through the beautiful painted desert of Northeastern Arizona arriving at Lake Powell and Antelope Point Marina.  Once arriving, your boat captain will take you deep into the depths of Antelope Canyon  Antelope Slot Canyon Coconino National Forest Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast Vacations through towering red sandstone walls close enough to touch from either side of the vessel.  During the Summer months you will visit Antelope Island to enjoy your private beach where swimming is allowed.  After your boat trip you will have a deli style lunch before continuing into Upper Antelope Canyon by land.  This is the part of the tour that has become famous with rays of light beaming through the naturally caved out sandstone canyon.  You’ll return to the B&B on your van.

 

Should you decide to drive yourself for a day at Antelope Canyons, you can visit either or both Upper and Lower.  Both Canyons are on Navajo Tribal Land and require a Native guide to take you into them.  You pay for your guide and admission at a booth before you are taken into either of them.

Upper Antelope in entered through a jagged  opening in the wall of a box canyon (see picture on the left in the collage above).  This canyon is the most often photographed of the two because it is the easiest one to carry a camera and tripod into.  The floor of the canyon is fairly level and has a soft sandy base.  When you get to the South end of the canyon, you turn around and walk back out the same opening that you entered.

Lower Antelope is beautiful in a ‘different’ way and requires a little more strenuous level of activity.  You enter thru a ‘slit’ in the sandstone and climb down many sets of ladders (the first of them is depicted in the picture on the right of the collage above) and over sandstone floors as you descend into the earth.

Lower Antelope Slot Canyon Coconino National Forest Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast VacationsLower Antelope Slot Canyon Coconino National Forest Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast Vacations

It takes a little more time to visit this canyon.  When you get to the end of this guided tour, you ascend on metal stairs and the see top of the canyon zigzagging across the sandstone on your right.

Float Through The Grand Canyon Colorado River

April 21st, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

In Northern Arizona on the Colorado River,

it is a awe inspiring adventure – a 1 day river trip in one the most famous canyons in the world.  Available May through September this Grand Canyon Colorado River trip is relaxing as you’re moving through the gorge and hiking up side canyons, and being disconnected from the civilized world.

As one of your ‘day trips’,

Stay at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast and let us make your reservations for a 1 dayGrand Canyon Bed and Breakfast near the Colorado River

fifteen mile smooth water float trip which includes a shopping trip to Historic Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Nation. Towering cliffs, pictographs, cool emerald green water, the smell of the Colorado River, and the call of a Great Blue Heron are just a few of many to arouse the senses on this nature experience.

 

We can make reservations for you with as little as two weeks advance notice BUT we suggest that you book your Colorado River experience as early as possible.  Just let us know the date you want to take your rafting trip when you reserve your room to stay with us and we’ll handle all arrangements.  The guided river trip runs March thru October each year.

Here is some information you need to know:

Rafting the calm waters of the Colorado River

Rafting the calm waters of the Colorado River

 

Personal Gear Packing List For River Runners

Waterproof shorts (light weight, fast drying material)

Lightweight pants & T-shirt

Towel

Tennis/athletic shoes or river-type sandals

Bandanna , hat with retention strap or visor

Lightweight jacket or fleece sweatshirt

Sunglasses with strap

Sun block

Camera/video camera*

*cameras should have straps. We are not responsible for damaged equipment.

Note: there is no place to recharge batteries. Also the

Grand Canyon River Rafting for 1 day

April 17th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

For Northern Arizona, it remains one of the greatest of all adventures – a 1 day river rafting trip in the most famous canyon in the world.  Grand Canyon Colorado River trips can become life-changing as moving thru the gorge and hiking up side canyons, and being disconnected from the civilized world is bound to alter a person forever.

Stay a few nights at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast and let us make your reservations for  a 1 day white water trip which includes a helicopter ride out of  the Canyon at the end of your river experience.  Whitewater and smooth water river rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon is worth it. Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast makes reservations for Colorado River rafting trips

 

We can make reservations for you with as little as two weeks advance notice BUT we suggest that you book your Colorado River experience as early as possible.  Just let us know the date you want to take your rafting trip when you reserve your room to stay with us and we’ll handle all arrangements.  The guided river trip runs March thru October each year.

Here is some linformation you need to know:

 

All River Runner Guides are 100% certified. Guides give informative narrations on cultural history and make every trip unforgettable.  Motorized rafts are designed specifically for traversing the Colorado River.

Personal Gear Packing List For All River Runners

Waterproof shorts (light weight, fast drying material) and T-shirt

Lightweight pants

Towel

Tennis/athletic shoes or river-type sandals

Bandanna , hat with retention strap or visor

Lightweight jacket or fleece sweatshirt

Rain Jacket/Poncho for use through rapids

Sunglasses with strap & sun block

Small bag for belongings

Camera/video camera*WhiteWaterRafting RiverRafting

*cameras should have straps. We suggest that you store your camera in a zip-lock bag even when it is in the dry storage container. We are not responsible for damaged equipment.

Note: there is no place to recharge batteries. Many video cameras will not fit in the dry storage container we provide for you so we suggest bringing a waterproof bag. Also there is no

cell phone service during the trip or once you leave Interstate 40.

 

Forgot to tell you that a helicopter flies you up to the Rim when you get off the River.  You’ll then board a bus for your return trip to our B&B.

Hualapai Tourism – White ‘ll board a buss

AHOG (AZ Harley Owners Group) Returns to Williams

April 11th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Once again about 500-600 HOG (Harley Owners Group) members are expected to take to the streets of Williams, AZ this summer

when the Arizona Harley Owners Group (AHOG) rally returns to town.  The rally will take place from June 5 to 7, 2014. 

AHOG is a statewide organization comprised of all of the chapters throughout Arizona.  They meet yearly to have fun, compete in riding events and elect state leaders for the following year.

Registration for the event will take place in the Visitor Center parking lot near the Babbitt-Polson Warehouse Stage just West of the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Grand Canyon Boulevard starting Thursday morning the 5th about 8am.  The rally group’s bike games will take place at the Rodeo Grounds.

 Williams is a friendly town where HOG owners can have a lot of fun.  It’s easy to walk around town, have great rides, and is close to the Grand Canyon, Jerome, and Kingman.

Williams is a great rally venue where HOG owners and their partners can enjoy a great time while spending 2 or 3 nights at Grand Canyon Bed & Breakfast, located in a quiet neighborhood less than a mile from the festivities and with off-street parking.This year’s rally will include bike games, guided motorcycle rides, a motorcycle show, a parade through town, dances and concerts.

Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson in Bellemont, AZ sponsors the Grand Canyon HOG Chapter, which will put on this year’s rally.If you don’t own a Harley (or any other brand of motorcycle) you can rent one for the event at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson and ride into Williams in ‘style’.  There are other dealers throughout Arizona if you’d like to rent a bike and ride from you home to the AHOG.  You just possibly might fall in love with the machine and experience and buy one of your own.

The public is welcome to attend any of the events during the rally.

 

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.http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=1143&picture=rings

 

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 http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5289868.pdf.

 

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 http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/passes-permits/event-commercial/?cid=stelprdb5328575.

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 http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/sup.htm. 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.

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