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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.

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.

Hummingbirds to the Kiabab

June 30th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Hummingbirds – Five Summer Visitors to the Kaibab

Rufous Often described as “feisty,” the Rufous may have the ideal size-to-weight ratio among North American hummingbirds. This bird out flies all other species, and usually gets its way at feeders at the expense of slower, less-maneuverable hummers. The Rufous has the longest migration route of all US hummingbirds.  It is common in Summer.Rufus hummingbird visiting the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Northern Arizona

Black-chinned Hummingbirds are very common in the western United States, breeding in West Texas and areas west and north up into Canada. Houston is at the eastern edge of their range and they are relatively common here in summer.. The male’s gorget is mostly black with a difficult-to-see band of violet-purple below.  Females’  plumage above is a more dull green and in a perched position, the wings appear longer with the outer primary feather broader with a blunt curved end.  Another clue to distinguish a Black-chin is that the it usually wags and pumps the tail when hovering. black-chinned hummingbird visiting the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Northern Arizona

 

Broad-tailed  The male Broad-tailed’s wings make a cricket-like whistle in flight. One female Broad-tailed holds the North American age record, at twelve years old.  A hummingbird of subalpine meadows, and a common visitor, the Broad-tailed Hummingbird ranges across the south-central Rockies in summer. It possesses a number of physiological and behavioral adaptations to survive cold nights, including the ability to enter torpor, slowing its heart rate and dropping its body temperature.Borad-tailed hummingbird visiting the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Northern Arizona

Calliope  The Calliope prefers high mountains, and has been seen as high as 11,000 feet.  It builds its nests over creeks or over roads next to streams or lakes, usually repairing the previous year’s nest or constructing a new one atop the old. This bird usually forages within five feet of the ground.  It is an occasional visitor in the courtyard and at the back fountain at Grand Canyon Bed and  Breakfast.Calliope hummingbird visiting the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Northern Arizona

Magnificent!  Occasionally visiting our B&B, and aptly named for its spectacular plumage, the Magnificent Hummingbird is one of several hummingbird species found in southeast Arizona but not regularly elsewhere in the United States. The species was known as Rivoli’s Hummingbird until the mid-1980s. The Magnificent Hummingbird is one of the two largest species. The black bill is long and straight to slightly curved. Both sexes look very dark unless the sun catches the iridescence of the plumage and the brilliant colors flash in the sunlight.

2014 Corvette Show

June 18th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

National Corvette Caravan: August 28-30, 2014

2014 is here!  Do you enjoy a great road trip and gathering of Corvette enthusiasts? If so join us for the 2014 Caravan to the National Corvette Museum for the 20th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum in beautiful Bowling Green, Kentucky. This event is scheduled once every five years and is the Event of the Year for Corvette owners!

Maybe you are new to the Corvette world, or maybe you do not know of the 2014 Caravan, so what is the 2014 Caravan? It is a gathering of Corvette enthusiasts from around the United States, Canada and several other countries. We form caravans of Corvettes from locations around the Country to make a great road trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky. This will be an event beginning in late August which will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum on Labor Day weekend of 2014. Caravans will form from locations close to your home for this event so you can participate with thousands of other Corvette owners. Participants can join at various locations along the way.  We will caravan along scenic sections of old Route 66. What could be better than travelling along the Mother Road in your Corvette?

On Route 66 we will join with the Southern California, Southern Nevada and Southwestern Utah Caravan at Williams, AZ., Friday – August 22: we will join the S. Cal/ S. Nevada/ SW Utah Caravan.  A Meet & Greet and a Show and Shine car show are planned along Route 66 in the last town to be bypassed on the ‘Mother Road’.

Come and stay with us at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast for this event.  You won’t get another chance for five years.

Caravan through Williams Arizona to Kentucky for the 20th Anniversary of the Corvette Museum

 

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.

Elden Pueblo at Coconino National Forest

May 26th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Elden Pueblo at Coconino National Forest near Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Elden Pueblo is the site of an ancient Sinagua (Sin ah’ wa) village,

inhabited from about A.D. 1070 to 1275. The site is unique for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, it makes archaeology and the study of ancient peoples accessible to the public. Since 1978, professional archaeologists have supervised members of the public in excavations, archaeological research techniques and artifact analysis through a variety of public and school programs.

Conveniently located on U.S. Highway 89 north, Elden Pueblo is thought to have been part of a major trading system. This is evidenced by discoveries of trade items, such as macaw skeletons from as far south as Mexico, to shell jewelry from the California Coast. Important discoveries recently uncovered at Elden Pueblo suggest that the Sunset Crater volcano may have erupted over a much longer period of time than previously thought.

The Arizona Natural History Association sponsors the Elden Pueblo Archaeology Project with the Coconino National Forest to provide opportunities for people to learn about and become involved in the science of archaeology. Annual programs include several Public Archaeology Days, in which the public can participate in site tours, actual excavation, artifact washing and analysis, and try their hand at using ancient hunting weapons. The August Public Day features a Primitive Technology Expo and the last Public Day of the year takes place in the fall as part of the annual Flagstaff Festival of Science.

Elden Pueblo is available for school programs and groups of up to thirty people. Educational programs are correlated to the Arizona State Standards, grades 4-7 in Social Science and Science. Custom programs are available, from 1-2 hours tours, to day-long excavations, or multiple-day programs. Elden Pueblo hosts the Arizona Archaeology Society’s summer field school, where avocational archaeologists receive training in various archaeological skills, such as excavation, stabilization, mapping, and laboratory techniques. There are also summer archaeology camps for students, from third grade and up.Archaeology camps at Elden Pueblo in Coconino National Forest near Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Season: The site is open year-‘round for visitation. Brochures for self-guided tours are available on-site. Public programs, school programs, field schools and camps are conducted from Mid-April through October by appointment. Contact the Elden Pueblo Program Manager at (928) 527-3452 to schedule a program.

Facilities: Parking lot. Chemical toilets during the summer field season. An undeveloped camping area with potable water is available for special program participants during the summer.

Dating to the period between AD 1100 -1275 (about 800 years ago), Elden Pueblo is a 60-70 room Sinagua pueblo containing mounds, smaller pueblos, pit houses, and other features. It is located one half mile west of Mt. Elden in Flagstaff, AZ. The modern day Hopi consider the site a special ancestral place called PASIOVI or PAVASIOKI.

Elden Pueblo was first studied in 1926 by archaeologist Jesse Walter Fewkes. Later, the US Forest Service began to study the site and in the process developed a public archaeology education program focused on the following three topics: 1) teaching the public about the lives of the Sinagua people at Elden, 2) field methods in archaeology, and 3) to facilitate on-going research and protection at Elden Pueblo.

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.

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.

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.

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona

March 15th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Lowell Observatory -  an astronomical observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Lowell Observatory was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. In 2011, the Observatory was named one of “The World’s 100 Most Important Places” by TIME.lowell observatory northern arizona grand canyon bed and breakfast flagstaff arizona

The Observatory’s original 61-centimeter (24-inch) Alvan Clark Telescope is still in use today for public education. Lowell Observatory hosts 85,000 visitors per year at their Steele Visitors Center, who take guided daytime tours and view various wonders of the night sky through the Clark Telescope and other telescopes. It was founded by astronomer Percival Lowell.

The observatory operates several telescopes at three locations in the Flagstaff area. The main facility, located on Mars Hill just west of downtown Flagstaff, houses the original 61-centimeter (24-inch) Clark Refracting Telescope, although its role today is as a public education tool and not research. The telescope, built in 1896 for $20,000, was assembled in Boston by Alvan Clark and then shipped by train to Flagstaff. Also located on the Mars Hill campus is the 33-centimeter (13-inch) Pluto Discovery Telescope, used by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 to discover the dwarf planet Pluto.lowell observatory northern arizona grand canyon bed and breakfastlowell observatory alvan clarknorthern arizona grand canyon bed and breakfastlowell observatory SOFIA northern arizona grand canyon bed and breakfast

Lowell in the observer’s chair; Alvan Clark refractor telescope; astrograph

Lowell Observatory’s astronomers conduct research on a wide range of solar system and astrophysical topics using ground-based, airborne, and space-based telescopes. Among the many current programs are a search for near-Earth asteroids, a survey of the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune, a search for extra solar planets, a decades-long study of the brightness stability of the sun, and a variety of investigations of star formation and other processes in distant galaxies.

In addition, the Observatory staff designs and builds custom instrumentation for use on Lowell’s telescopes and elsewhere.  For example, Lowell staff built a sophisticated high-speed camera for use on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA is a joint project of the United States and German space agencies and consists of a 2.5-meter (8.2-foot) telescope on board a Boeing 747 SP.

 

Dry Winter in Williams

March 7th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

 

El Nino to follow dry winter in Williams?

Last week brought to an end one the driest meteorological winters on record in (Williams), but some fresh hope for dry climes was released on Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued an El Nino watch, forecasting a likely return of the phenomenon later this year.

In (Williams), moderate and weak El Nino years have historically made little difference. So it’s no guarantee of wet weather, but a strong El Nino could help make up for the dry winter.

The National Weather Service office in Bellemont, AZ  said that (Williams) received just 19.3 inches of snowfall — the equivalent of 1.95 inches of precipitation — between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28. That’s the period meteorologists refer to as winter.dry winter in the parched Grand Canyon

“It was defined that way because the coldest temperatures are centered on those three months,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Justin Johndrow. “By the end of astronomical winter in later March, it’s already getting pretty warm.”

February continued the pattern that persisted all of this dry winter, with temperatures much warmer than average and less than a half-inch of precipitation, also well below normal.  Only 10 (Williams) meteorological winters have been drier in the last 116 years.

And it was hotter this year, too. The Weather Service said this winter is the 12th warmest on record for (Williams). The average temperature (the highs vs. the lows) was above freezing through the winter at 33.2 degrees.

(Williams’) driest winter ever was 2005-06, which saw just 0.33 inches of precipitation.

The summer of 2006 saw the Forest Service close the national forest around (Williams), as the persistent drought raised wildfire fears. And the fires still broke out, with the Warm, Woody and Brins fires hitting area forests hard. Firefighters were able to stop the Brins fire before it could devastate Oak Creek Canyon.

Eric Betz - AZ Daily Sun reporter

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

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           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!

Best of the Best in Arizona

February 9th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

best of the best 2014 grand canyon bed and breakfast

Best of the Best for the 3rd year in a row!

Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast has been voted and awarded the Best of the Best in Arizona Business for 2014 in the Hospitality/Bed and Breakfast category for 2012, 2013, and now for 2014 also.  And we have been awarded another  5 star award certificate from Talk of the Town for 2014 (2012, 2013, plus this year).  We are happy that for three consecutive years Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast of Williams, Arizona has been chosen to receive these recognitions.

best of the best 2014 grand canyon bed and breakfast courtyardbest of the best grand canyon bed and breakfast entrance

Courtyard Waterfall Entrance to Living/Breakfast Rooms

These awards are earned and presented as a result of guests who have stayed with us during the past year and who have taken their time to visit the respective websites and voting for b & b’s that they have stayed at in the State of Arizona as being exceptional in all areas of providing for their every need.

Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast is known all over the world as being thoughtful and insightful in the areas of Customer Service, Concierge Service, Value, Sleep Quality, Attention to Detail in Decorating, Outstanding Meal Presentation and Quality/Quantity, Cleanliness, Proximity to Restaurants, Shopping, and Area Attractions, and the Welcoming Atmosphere of our Guest Rooms and Areas.best of the best grand canyon bed and breakfast sitting roombest of the best grand canyon bed and breakfast; breakfast room

Living Room Breakfast Room

“Outstanding B&B”

FIVE STARS

“My wife and I stayed here for our anniversary{2013}. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the layout of the place as our room/wing was separate from the rest of the inn. This made the stay more private instead of us feeling like we were invading someone else’s personal space. The place is also located right at the start of Route 66,  making it very close to some good dinner spots (they had menus for the best of them). However, what really stood out was the personal service. When we got there everything was ready and waiting for us so we could rest after a long day of travel.

“Del is incredibly warm, friendly and engaging and makes you feel like an honored guest. If you don’t like Del as a host then you’re impossible to please! And if you were like us and had never been to the Grand Canyon before you’re doing yourself a disservice by not asking him where the best spots away from the other tourists are. He’s very knowledgeable about the area and  its history. He also lent us a couple pairs of hiking poles, which really came in handy when we took a day long hike down the canyon.

“Sheri’s breakfasts are excellent! She has been cooking for guests for a long time and her skills really show. My wife is more of a picky eater but her plate was cleaned each morning, as was mine! This B&B is really the new standard by which we judge all others we have gone to and will go to, and if we get the chance to go back to Arizona then we are definitely staying here again!”ranking arizona 2014 best of the best arizona business

Valentine’s Day Vignette

February 6th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Individual Pieces used for Valentine’s Day decorations.

Valentine's Day Vignette over Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast mantle

In 1961, my husband’s grandmother gave him an  embossed cuff and collar box that had belonged to her youngest brother (his great uncle) in the late 1800s.  We have put this in various places of honor in our homes for many years. Wedgewood heart for Valentine's Day decorationsAntique cuff and collar box for Valentine's Day

 

Traveling in London, England in 1996, the two of us visited a Wedgewood Blue pottery store adjacent to Hyde Park and purchased a piece of pottery.

 

The vintage linen handkerchief (on the right) is one I have had for many years.  It was a gift from either my mother, my mother-in-law, or one of my best friends. I was able to carefully cut two slots  Valentine's Day decorations with vintage linens

The rectangular doily placemat (left) was machine crocheted in the early 1900s and belonged to my husband’s grandmother.  It was passed on to her daughter in 1952, and passed on to my husband in the 1996.  antique gloves for Valentine's Day vignette

 

My husband and I spent a ‘date day’ shopping  at various thrift stores in Flagstaff, AZ.  During that outing, we purchased the Art Deco 1920s Valentine’s Day cherry picture frame, a beaded clutch pur

se, and a pair of 1950s cotton gloves.Vintage Valentine's Day postcard with 1913 Pennsylvania postmarkVintage Valentine's Day art

 

In brainstorming for this Valentine’s Day vignette I spent time browsing eBay,  From Seller x1x2x3x4x5, I purchased: the postcard with a 13 Feb 1913 Pennsylvania postmark; the 110 year old  pink paper lace heart; the 101 year old gold embossed arrow.  My thanks to this vendor.  My husband gave me the ruby ring and necklace Antique and vintage items assembled for Valentine's Day vignette

as Valentine’s Day presents two successive years.

 

I found a piece of pink poster board that I’d stored under my bed that I cut down and it became the perfect backing for the frame. I was able to carefully cut two slots in the lace heart and then inserted the arrow.  Then I adhered the two pieces to the poster board, and put it in the frame.   Lastly I used some leftover pre-cut letters.

Cranberry glass used for decorating for Valentine's Day

 

I have saved Valentine’s Day, anniversary, and birthday roses that my husband has given to me over the years and dried them by hanging them by their stems  in the warm laundry room of our home.  They are displayed in various vases throughout our home and in two of our Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast guest rooms.

 

As a result of being given a rectangular  knobbed ‘Cranberry Glass’ bowl (right side) as a ‘house warming’ gift (for our first bed and breakfast), I started collecting different styles of the beautiful glass.  A few of the pieces in my collection are vases, and for this vignette I have brought two of them together from other displays in our home.Cranberry Glass used to complete Valentine's Day vignette

 

Historic Car Show; Motoring Thru Time

January 22nd, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

‘Motoring Thru Time’ historic car show

This years Nothern Arizona event is located at the Heritage & Science Park, featuring Model Ts, to Corvettes and Packards, vintage travel trailers, fire trucks and more, view more than 100 antique and classic vehicles from the early 1900s to the mid 1980s, (cars, trucks, motorcycles, vintage travel trailers and others), free, 10 am – 4 pm, February 1st in Flagstaff.

Experience the fun, nostalgia, technology, design, and innovation that can only be provided by historic transportation. Share the enthusiasm of local hobbyists and collectors as you appreciate automobiles, trucks, travel trailers, motorcycles, bicycles and more on exhibit from over nine decades in time at this free family event.

For those choosing to participate in this years historic car show, registration forms can be found at Phoenix.gov and more information about this years event and pictures from last year can be found at Phoenix Parks.

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.

Grand Canyon Air Tours

January 16th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Grand Canyon Air Tours via Helicopter and Plane

Grand Canyon Air tour companies, within an hour’s drive of grand canyon air summer view offer helicopter or fix wing aerial tours of Grand Canyon, allowing passengers the opportunity to  soar like an eagle high above the clouds for periods from 1/2 hour to 2 1/2 hours.

 

Del and Sheri have experienced both the fixed wing and helicopter tours.  All fly routes that do not infringe on the peace and serenity of those people hiking on the Rim or into the Canyon on the main trails.

 

The side windows of the OTTER fifteen passenger fixed wing airplane are huge.  Because the wings are above the aircraft there is an unobstructed view on your side of the plane. The pilots (there are two of them in each plane) are experienced and have many hours of safe Grand Canyon flights to their credit.  The dialogue during your flight lets you know what you’re seeing as you fly at 1000 feet above the South Rim over the Canyon towards and over the North Rim.

 

The experience is different and the helicopters are more intimate because they carry fewer passengers.  They fly at an elevation of 500 feet above the South Rim.  If your photographic device has the capability, you can plug it into the sound system of the aircraft and the music and dialogue will accompany the film you record to remember your breath taking experience.

grand canyon air OTTER fixed wing plane tours grand canyon air helicopter tours grand canyon air helicopter tour

Four companies offer this service from Grand Canyon Airport located between Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast and the South Rim:

 

Grand Canyon AirlinesGrand Canyon HelicoptersMaverick Helicopters - Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

 

You can choose which aircraft and length on tour is right for you and make your reservations online at any of the above URLs.

You can also make your reservation to stay at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast By clicking here.

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 http://www.flagstaffwoodlandshotel.com/weddingexpo/.

For an Arizona Marriage License

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

    Address:
    700 W. Railroad Ave.
    Williams, AZ 86046

    Ph: (928) 679-7698  ,

    Hours:
    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

 

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