Posts Tagged ‘south rim’

Watchtower, Desert View

March 5th, 2015 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 watchtower 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. From a distance, the building’s silhouette looks like the Anasazi watchtower of which it was meant to imitate.

File:Yavapai Observation Station.jpgDesert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon

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.  The original steel and concrete structure of the observation level is hidden from sight behind plaster, stone and wood. Murals by well-known Hope artist Fred Kabotie are featured prominently on the second level of the circular stairwell. The main space is the Kiva Room in the base structure, apparently roofed with logs that were salvaged from the old Grandview Hotel. The Watchtower is part of the Desert View Watchtower Historic District, which includes a number of support structures built and used by the Fred Harvey Company. Later used by the National Park Service, the Desert View Watchtower was designated a United States National Historic Landmark in May 28, 1987 as a collective nomination.

Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park http://worldonabike.com/files/2009/04/20090228img-2755grand-canyon-1.jpg  From the top floor of the tower, you may 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.  Access from balcony to balcony is provided by small accessible stairways and to the West you can see the majesty and beauty of the 13 mile wide Grand Canyon. The tower rises as an open shaft lined by circular balconies overlooking the central space whose engineering was provided by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.

 

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.

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