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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

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Polar Express

August 15th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The POLAR EXPRESS

Polar Express by the Grand Canyon Railway from November to December 2014

It’s Santa on the Polar Express

THE POLAR EXPRESS – 2014

“ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS FOR A JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE TO SEE SANTA!”

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).Every Children receives a bell from the Polar Express by the Grand Canyon Railway

 

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.Polar Express Cast by the Grand Canyon Railway 2014

First book your reservations to stay the night at Grand Canyon Bed and breakfast.

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.

 

A Great Little Mountain Town

July 31st, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Williams, AZ – A Great Little Mountain Town

el Tovar Room of the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in the mountain town on Williams

elTovar Room @ Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Gateway to Canyon in the mountain town of Williams Arizona

Williams, AZ is the Gateway to the Grand Canyon

 

Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast, is in the great little mountain town of Williams, at the base of Bill Williams Mountain.  The b&b is located less than an hour from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon by car.  It is a rustic wild west bed and breakfast with a woman’s touch, designed to honor the 18th century Anglo, Native American and Spanish American settlers of Northern Arizona.

Founded in 1881, the historic town of Williams, AZ is named for the mountain man, William Shirley Williams.

 

"old" Bill Williams in the mountain town of Williams Arizona

Old Bill 8′ tall bronze statue

Its population was 3,023 at the 2010 census.  It lies on Historic Route 66, Interstate 40,  and the

 

Southwest Chief Amtrak train route. It is

also the southern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which takes visitors to Grand Canyon Village at the South Rim. There are a variety of shops, b&bs, motels, restaurants and gas stations that cater to the large influx of tourists and the local residents.

 

On average December is the coldest month, July is the warmest month, and August is the wettest month. The 30 year  normal high is 83F and the normal low is 22F.

Located in a valley at the base of Bill Williams Mountain, the town is surrounded by Kaibab National Forest.  Downtown is an elevation of a little less than 7000 feet.

Only in Williams will you enjoy the beauty of a mountainside town, the best-preserved stretch of Route 66 still in existence, outdoor adventure to suit every need (including golf, hiking fishing, and fishing),  a rustic setting with cowboys swaggering through town, and a friendly atmosphere greeting you the moment you arrive and bidding you farewell when you depart.

Come stay in one of our rooms or family suites at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast and enjoy our great little mountain town.

Hike to the Top of Humphreys Peak

July 25th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

                                                   Humphreys Peak outside Williams Arizona near the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

East of the  town of Williams is the highest point in Arizona.

Humphreys Peak is the tallest peak in the San Francisco Peaks (upper left), but is often hidden from view on I-17 behind the second tallest mountain in the State, Agassiz Peak (12,360 ft).  From the top, you can see all the way to Grand Canyon (a little more than 70 mile

The nine-mile-round-trip hike officially begins around 9,500 feet in elevation at Arizona Snowbowl.  The main trailhead is located on a parking lot to the left of Snowbowl Road as it passes into the developed ski area.  However, hikers can save about a mile of walking by driving up to the upper lodge of Snowbowl for the second of two trailheads.  A spur trail from this lodge connects with the Humphreys Trail, though some locals consider this the unofficial route of ascent.

From there, the trail winds thru a dense alpine forest and steadily ascends to a ridgeline.  From here, the trail heads to a saddle located between Humphreys and Agassiz Peaks.  Due to threat of a rare plant species, ascending to the top of Agassiz is not permitted.

The Humphreys Trail continues as a cinder path, a little more than a mile from the saddle to the peak. Expect high winds and sprawling and spectacular views in all directions.Humphreys trail at Humphreys Peak in Williams Arizona close to Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast.

The San Francisco Peaks are the remains of an eroded stratovolcano which erupted around 200,000 years ago (before eruption, 16,000 ft).

A stratovolcano is a tall, conical volcano composed of one layer of hardened lava, tephra, and volcanic ash.  Plan on spending the day between nights at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast and spend a day on Humphreys Peak.

Rodeo Reunion in Williams

May 6th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Stay with us @ Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast & enjoy the 2014 Cowpunchers Rodeo Reunion (real working cowboys & cowgirls) for four days – June 19th thru June 22nd

The rodeo grounds are located just south of downtown Williams, Arizona on Rodeo Rd. The first left off the first Williams exit will take you straight to his year’s events. The Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast is located less than a mile from the rodeo grounds.

Hosted by the Cowpunchers Reunion Association; this is where the working cowboys and cowgirls of all ages get together to put on a rodeo reunion for themselves!  All events are unique and based on everyday activities and chores performed on horse and cattle ranches. An action packed event that is great fun to watch.

 

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And return for the 3 days of the 2014 Labor Day PRCA Rodeo – August 30th thru September 1st.  These athletes get paid to do this!

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Assembled in the 1970s, a group of working cowboys from across Arizona planned a rodeo event reminiscent of those they once participated in during the 1920s and 1940s. The first Reunion Rodeo took place in Flagstaff in 1978 and included mustang roping, big loop contest, and tie down team roping. The purpose behind the reunion was to celebrate the working cowboy with his family and fellow workers involved in the ranching  industry. Though elected board members rotate and slight rule changes have occurred over the years, the rodeo reunion has maintained its wild action and true working cowboy nature of fun and skill. Original reunions took place at Avery’s until its burning in late 1980 when it was moved to Williams then shuffled to Flagstaff before returning home.

Information for registration and events can be found in April’s newletter at  http://www.azcowpunchers.com/images/2014_April_Newsletter.pdf on the Cowpuncher’s website. Come and enjoy the heart pumping action and skill of those who live to rope and ride!

De Berge Saddlery & Western Outfitters

April 28th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

On your way down Route 40

 or towards the Grand Canyon, you have to slooooow down (15 mph) and go to De Berge’s Saddlery and Western Outfitters on Rte 66 in downtown Williams, AZ.  Martha’s husband (from the East coast) loved the belts and couldn’t make up his mind about the designs… she quietly ordered  one of the designs as a Christmas gift and within a short time the belt was in her hands!  Beautiful hats and belts as well as other products. You’ll see it’s worth the stop in the “slow movin’” town of Williams to visit and shop the workshop/store.

Belt making at the De Berge Saddlery and Western Outfitters in Williams Arizona close to the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

If you are into real western wear and not the drugstore cowboy variety, this is the place to go. Anything leather, from saddles to gun holsters to belts and boots, are made here to order. The leather smith is Tamara, a charming young lady with a gifted hand for shaping and tooling leather. She makes her own designs and custom fits; generally a 90 day lead time. Tamara has a clientele made up mostly of locals cowboys & Europeans, but while Alfred , (from the West coast), was there a Navajo man came in to have a gun belt made for himself. Can’t get more real than that. Thick solid leather tends to have a macho look to it, but in Tamara’s hands embossed with floral designs it also becomes extremely elegant for the ladies. While much of her work is custom, there are enough ready-made things in the shop to make it worthwhile to stop in Williams at the De Berge Saddlery for instant gratification of your leather and western wear urges as you transit the state or move toward the Grand Canyon.

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.

 

Northern Arizona Christmas Mountain Village Holiday

November 22nd, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

A Northern Arizona Christmas Mountain Village Holiday.

Saturday, November 30 kicks off the 2013 Christmas season in the great little mountain town sultana theater; mountain village holiday

of Williams, AZ. It starts with the 10th Annual Mountain Village Holiday Craft Show at the World Famous Sultana Theatre. The craft show is available from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The theatre is located @ 301 W Rte 66. There will be over 35 vendors with a wonderful variety of those special gifts you seek for the Holiday Season and other occasions as well. Angel, with Simply Angelic Photography will be there to take pictures of your children or the whole family. She will have 4×6 and 5×7 prints available to take with you right away.

 

This is a fundraiser for the SAVE-MTR (Meant To Rescue) Animal Facility in Williams. All proceeds from the vendors’ rent and your donations go to the animals. Buy your special gifts, have your picture taken and help SAVE-MTR at the same time. Have dinner at one of the fine restaurants is town and then, starting @ 6:30 pm, join the community for the Mountain Village Holiday, Parade of Lights and Official Tree Lighting Ceremony event. This annual colorful light parade is a holiday favorite as it proceeds down historic Route 66. Enjoy the official Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately following the parade.

 

El Tovar guest room; mountain village holiday

 

The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce adorns the city with lights, wreaths and ornaments. ”Christmas lights, there’s just something very nostalgic about them,” she said. “I think a lot of people respond to that nostalgia of Christmas and the holidays and the lights.”The chamber is also putting on a residential and commercial lighting contest. This year’s theme is “All I want for Christmas is…”

Spend November 29th and 30th in one of the guest rooms or family suites at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast as you start your Christmas season in Williams, AZ.

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