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!
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October 10th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
January 7th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry
For the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona,
it remains the granddad of all adventures.
A 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. 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
December 3rd, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry
Rare cloud inversion over the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park visitors at Mather Point were greeted with a total and rare cloud inversion on Friday. Cloud inversions are formed through the interaction of warm and cold air masses. (Photo by Erin Whittaker/National Park Service)
A group of fortunate Grand Canyon visitors and employees were treated to a rare sight this weekend — twice. On Friday and Sunday, the park’s redrock cliffs could be seen rising out of a sea of fog that occupied the inner reaches of the Canyon. The sky above was blue at times, amplifying the effect. Photos posted to the park’s Facebook page quickly went viral on the web.
The phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion.
And the National Weather Service says it’s a textbook example of how the atmosphere behaves like a liquid. At night, the cold front of clouds falls into the lowest terrain around, the Grand Canyon. As the temperature warms through the day, the clouds push out east, up the Grand Staircase and across the Navajo Nation.
“We get areas of fog, but to have something this widespread and prolonged is pretty rare,” said Megan Schwitzer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bellemont. “It’s not something that happens every year or even every other year.”
But not everyone was happy at the South Rim. According to National Park Service Ranger Erin Whittaker, some visitors actually complained about the clouds. Others rushed to the rim when they heard about the rare cloud inversion.
“Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all,” she said.
Whittaker said she had waited five years herself to spot the phenomenon. And it was just in the nick of time. Whittaker started her three-month annual furlough on Monday — the day that her photos for the Park Service appeared on worldwide media sites.
More information about the event can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-rare-weather-event-clouds-fill-grand-canyon/2013/12/05/0742b0ce-5d4a-11e3-bc56-c6ca94801fac_gallery.html
December 28th, 2012 by Del & Sheryl Terry
Experience a Grand Canyon winter and enjoy this Northern Arizona natural wonder.
Most people think of Arizona and envision desert landscapes complete with saguaro cactus and hot temperatures, but our Grand Canyon State is full of surprises. What better way to treat yourselves to a very special Arizona vacation than to visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World this fall and winter and experience a different side of Grand Canyon, one that many people don’t even realize exists!
The snow has begun to fall in Northern Arizona, making this a great time to experience the cozy warmth of the radiant heat gas fireplaces and the warm hospitality of Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast
You can also enjoy staying warm and viewing the winter scenery while others do the driving as you ‘motor’ to the Rim and tour Grand Canyon National Park on a small group van tour. Let a professional driver navigate what can be the snowy/icy roads of the High Plains and the Kaibab Plateau and teach you about the flora and fauna as well as the geology of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Another option is to ‘ride the rails’ aboard a vintage train along the century-old line leading from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon!
You’ll be sure to keep warm on your journey to the heart of the historic Grand Canyon South Rim Village. Once you arrive at Grand Canyon, you’ll enjoy a much calmer and quieter visit this time of year as the summer crowds have cleared and the fall has quickly turned into winter. This truly is a wonderful time of year to enjoy all that Grand Canyon has to offer — from spectacular vistas that just might be dusted in a beautiful layer of snow to the grand lobby of the historic El Tovar Hotel or Bright Angel Lodge with blazing fireplaces welcoming guests inside to enjoy your winter afternoon!