Where is Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
- 601 W. Franklin Ave. Williams, AZ 8604
If you’re looking to stay in an RV park in Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is a grand choice. It is located in the peaceful Williams mountain community of Coconino County. Phoenix, Arizona is the closest major city, approximately 4 hours or 247 miles away. And Las Vegas, Nevada is the next closest major city approximately 5 hours 30 minutes or 273 miles away. The RV park is located next to the historical Grand Canyon Railway and hotel which is just 0.3 miles from the city of Williams. Williams is a city just west of Flagstaff and it lies on the routes of Historic Route 66 and Interstate 40.
How Big is Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park sits at 6,725ft in Williams, Arizona. The park has a total of 124 sites which are all located on the asphalt. This is the only all-paved RV park in the Williams area. They provide three types of RV spaces that are sure to fit your lodging needs. Choose a pull-through, buddy space, or a back in spot. All are 50-amp and large enough for the big rigs. Enjoy wireless internet, high definition digital TV, an indoor swimming pool and hot tub access, and new shower facilities complimentary with each site.
Grand Canyon Railway RV Park Park Weather
The best months to book a stay are between late April and mid-October based on the average temperatures and humidity. However, it also depends on the type of weather you like. Keep in mind that the weather at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park can vary drastically throughout the year, the hottest months are between June and August and the coolest months are between November and January.
When was Grand Canyon Railway RV Park established?
Before there was a park, there was a train! Grand Canyon Railway embarked on its first journey to the Grand Canyon on September 17, 1901. Before the railway became an enchanting ride for adventurers to take the Grand Canyon National Park, it was used to transport ore from the Anita mines to the Wild West in the late 1800’s. Between closures due to the spike in the desire to use cars instead of the railway (and other drama), the railway is now responsible for maintaining the preciousness of our “national treasure” by keeping around 50,000 cars out of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Things to do at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is an ideal lodging choice for the traveling and adventurous. Whether you’re just stopping in for a night or a week, their new shower facilities, indoor pool, hot tub, gas grilling area, fire pits, and fitness center will make a comfortable and relaxing stay. Not to mention, having close, convenient access to one of the most amazing National Parks, the Grand Canyon. Get out and explore for the day or hang out and play tennis and basketball at the courts located in the RV Park.
Visit the Grand Canyon- There are a variety of ways to experience the magical, immense beauty of the Grand Canyon. By foot, bike, helicopter, or mule, it’s a must see. There are free shuttles provided inside the park by the National Park Service that make several stops along the breathtaking overlooks along the West Rim Drive.
Grand Canyon Railway- The historic train is easily accessible to take from Williams into Grand Canyon National Park. You can leave your rig parked without worrying about navigating it through the busy Grand Canyon roadways. Williams offers daily trips to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon featuring Wild West shows with themed musicians.
Wild West Junction- Right down the street in Williams, Wild West Junction is known where “Old West comes to life.” Here you can find great food, historical re-enactments, and special events. A fun time for all ages experiencing the old west vibes.
Planes of Fame Air Museum- Just a 45-minute drive away from Williams, located in Valle, Arizona, you can find the Planes of Fame Air Museum. Today, this facility is open to the public from early spring until late fall and features a number of historical displays and close to 30 aircraft. This museum is currently closed due to COVID-19.
Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express- A holiday favorite! If you plan on visiting during December, this is an experience you don’t want to miss out on. Bringing the classic book and movie to life, the Polar Express experience is like a decorated holiday living room on wheels. You can share a private train with family and friends and experience the story telling, Christmas carols, and festive treats.
Bill Williams Mountain area - Bill Williams Mountain is a peak located about 3.5 miles south of Williams, Arizona. It is a part of the Kaibab National Forest. Named after Old Bill Williams, a scout, trail guide, and all- around mountain man, who lived in the 1800s. Fun fact: It is also a part of the San Francisco volcanic field.
Williams Depot- Known for its vast history and involvement in transporting materials and workers to the copper mines, it is now the southern terminus for the Grand Canyon Railway. If you decide to take a ride or not, it is a great place to stop, look around, and take photos.
Sycamore Canyon- This vast wilderness encompasses the second largest canyon in Arizona's red rock country. Experience the solitude trails great for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Enjoy fresh air and exercise all while soaking in the beauty of the red rocks, arches, pinnacles, wildlife, and surrounding views.
Pete's Rt 66 Gas Station Museum- Free of cost, get a little taste of what it was like on Route 66 back in the old western days. Check out the old gravity feed fuel pumps and the 1950 ford sedan parked in front. The kids and antique lovers will admire all the old tools and cars. Be sure to check the museum updates and openings due to COVID-19.
Relax & Unwind in the indoor pool/hot tub- Grand Canyon RV Park has a variety of facilities and entertainment to offer right on site. If you have had a full trip and want to sit back and stay put for the day, there are tennis and basketball courts, a fitness center, fitness trails, and an indoor pool/ hot tub to enjoy.
When to go to Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
The months with the least chance of rain are June, April, and March. Aside from the weather, take note that the tourism during the summer months will highly dictate the availability and rates of the RV Park. Our RV Park Visitors Guide advises optimal times to plan a visit are March through May and September through November when daytime temperatures are cooler, and the crowds are thin.
Must-Have things to bring to Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
Although Grand Canyon Railway Park has several fantastic facilities, it is best to come to any RV park fully prepared in all aspects. Being self-sufficient will add a sense of security and comfort to your trip. List of Parks has outlined the essentials below.
Water- Have plenty of water. Bring a couple extra jugs than you normally would just to be safe. More is always better.
Food/Snacks- Preparing for travel calls for proper food and snack packing. Trail mixes, bars, and other easy packing snacks are great options.
Kitchen utensils- Bring everything you will use daily to cook at home if you decide not to use the food options within walking distance of the RV site. (Ex. Cups, mugs, plates, bowls, forks, spoons, paper towels, wipes, knives. ect.)
Maps in physical and on phone- Being sure you know how to navigate throughout the surrounding areas. Another precaution to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
Tool Kit- Things happen and it is best to be prepared with all the tool necessities. Bring Allen or hex wrenches. Bring duct tape. Bring scissors. Bring rubber bands and zip ties. Bring plenty of towels you can use as noise buffers. Prepare and anticipate.
Proper attire- Pack for the time of year you will be visiting, but come prepared with waterproof gear too. Sunglasses, sunscreen and proper clothing for cooler night temperatures. A backpack meant for hiking will be a great idea if you plan on spending the full day on your feet.
Binoculars- With all the wildlife and vast landscapes to view, getting a zoom in view can always enhance the experience.
Portable Lights: Flashlight, Headlamps, Lantern.
Extra fuel/oils- Bringing a tank of gas and extra motor oil and transmission fluid will ensure that in case of an emergency, you will be set to get to the next best location.
Toiliteries - Bringing your own toilet paper and everything to make you comfortable using the RV toilet for your trip. This is important.
Grand Canyon Railway RV Park Site Details
Check-in is any time after 1:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and check-out time is by 11:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time. Pads are required under all jacks or stabilizers; sewer hoses need to be supported on a ramp and an air-tight sewer connector is required. Rates may vary depending on the time of year, check in on the website for those rates. There is even a pet resort on the property.
Food Nearby Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
Great food on a road trip is a must. There are several well-known restaurants that are in walking distance from the RV park. Grand Depot Cafe, El Corral on 66, Pine Country Restaurant, and Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe are some of the top rated spots. Fred Harvey restaurant and Spencers Pub are also two of the local favorites.
Airports near Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
Flagstaff’s Pulliam Airport (FLG) is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines. Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) is the next closest airport followed by Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).