An Arizona autumn can be breathtaking in the north and the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast features many beautiful plants and trees showing their beauty of the coming season and preparing for a classic winter. The grounds of the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast are designed for simplicity and improve the landscape while using minimum water. With the backdrop of Bill Williams Mountain and the curtain of clouds bringing rain or snow the weather is ideal for expression and art. Arizona autumns are mild and comfortable before the winter crawls in and provides a whole other world of skiing, and cozy fireplaces.
November 6th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
Northern Arizona Restful Vacations
There is nothing more serene than watching the Rocky Mountains from a quiet and comfortable space. The Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast has provided just such a treasured getaway for 6 years and enjoys sharing this luxury with guests from all over the world in their desire for restful vacations. The landscaping is lush and beautiful, boasting mostly drought resistant plants and watered with reclaimed water. Del and Sheryl pride themselves on keeping their home running green and environmentally friendly to aid Northern Arizona in their efforts to preserve the beauty of the landscape and surrounding history. The wonderful sounds of a happy fountain cascade and bounce along the rocks thanks to a recirculating pump.
The expressive clouds can be viewed from around the structure and regularly provide a fabulous show ending with Arizona’s famous and spectacular sunsets. Whether you have spent a day sight seeing or hiking, shopping or wandering, you can return to luxury and contentment in spacious rooms.
For more information on booking accommodations at the Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast please visit Availability. It is always the perfect time of year to enjoy the mountains.
October 10th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
Thom & 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. Here 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!
September 11th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
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:
Tu’Nanaees’ Dizi Dine Fair – Western www.dinefair.com Tuba City
Tuhisma Hopi Arts & Crafts Market http://hopeputave.net/5.html Kykotsmovi
Native American Arts Auction www.friendsofhubbell.org Ganado
Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture www.musnaz.org Flagstaff
Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture www.musnaz.org Flagstaff
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For an Interactive map click here
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
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.
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.
August 15th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
The POLAR EXPRESS
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).
Once you’ve reserved your tickets for The Polar Express, your family is excited to go to the North Pole. So now what? The following information will help you plan your trip to maximize the magic.
First book your reservations to stay the night at Grand Canyon Bed and breakfast.
Grand Canyon Railway’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.
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.
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’
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.
July 31st, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Williams, AZ – A Great Little Mountain Town
elTovar Room @ Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast
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 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.
July 25th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
When you stay with us at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Williams, AZ, one of your day trips can take you East a few miles to the Farm – it’s a great time for animal lovers of all ages.
One of our Family Suites
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 18th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4803 at trailhead
May 30th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
May 26th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 day
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:
Personal Gear Packing List For River Runners
Waterproof shorts (light weight, fast drying material)
Lightweight pants & T-shirt
Tennis/athletic shoes or river-type sandals
Bandanna , hat with retention strap or visor
Lightweight jacket or fleece sweatshirt
Sunglasses with strap
*cameras should have straps. We are not responsible for damaged equipment.
Note: there is no place to recharge batteries. Also the
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.
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
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
*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
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.