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A Great Little Mountain Town

July 31st, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

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

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

elTovar Room @ Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Gateway to Canyon in the mountain town of Williams Arizona

Williams, AZ is the Gateway to the Grand Canyon

 

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

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

 

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

Old Bill 8′ tall bronze statue

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

 

Southwest Chief Amtrak train route. It is

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

 

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

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

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

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

Hike to the Top of Humphreys Peak

July 25th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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