Route 66 - Williams, Arizona to Grand Canyon

by Maura Elko February. 22, 2017 1471 views

Going from Williams, AZ, to the Grand Canyon is a super easy drive-just straight north on Route 64 for 1 hour! The landscape this time wasn’t that varied so I don’t have that many pictures from it. But, it wasn’t what I expected to see either.

Williams Arizona, 1881, Gateway to the Grand Canyon

Entering, or exiting, the town of Williams

Whenever I saw pictures of the Grand Canyon, it would be filled with reddish brown rocks, and maybe a little green vegetation here and there. So I was thinking there would be a lot of red rocks all around, right? Nope! Instead it was what looked like a pine forest and fairly vegetated plains or grassland. But, that made it all the more interesting!

The Kaibab National Forest is found all around the Grand Canyon, and the Flagstaff/Williams area. In fact the word “kaibab” comes from the Paiute language and is their term for the Grand Canyon, meaning “mountain lying down”. So you can think of the Kaibab National Forest as the Grand Canyon National Forest pretty much!

Towns along the way…

You’ll pass through the little town of Valle, which includes an Airplane Museum, a couple gas stations and places to stay, and Bedrock! Yabba Dabba!!! Watch out for that website if you click on it…it’s just a little bit outdated and filled with pebbles. Digital ones, not fruity. We just drove by and didn’t stop to see it though, it looked a little outdated as well and maybe in need of some fix ups, but apparently there’s a diner, RV park, and little Flintstone like buildings around.  Also if that sign on the school bus is correct, Bedrock is for sale?!

Bedrock Flintstone's Restaurant and Campground

And then there’s Tusayan, only about 15 minutes south of the Grand Canyon entrance. Tusayan has a lot of places to stay at, unlike Valle. However, they’re all pretty expensive unless you book way ahead in advance. But, it is an alternative place to stay if you can’t find a vacancy directly in the park and want to remain close by.

Tusayan, Arizona

The small tourist town of Tusayan

And finally, if you want to see what the whole drive looked like, I created a time lapse video! Don’t judge too harshly, I’m new to video and this was one of my first trying to use a little video camera as a dash cam(I had it balanced on the dash-really needed a mount), so yeah, it’s not that good, but does its job with showing the scenery on the whole drive: Drive from Williams, AZ - Grand Canyon Timelapse

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Kelly Williams 3 years, 5 months ago

Great series! Thank you for sharing ...
Why would I ever want to leave "Williams", seems it might just be my kind of town.

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Maura Elko Replied to Kelly Williams 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, glad you liked it! It's definitely my kind of town too. Small and quaint, yet busy with tourists at certain times of the year..and only an hour from the Grand Canyon!! How could you go wrong? :D

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 8 months ago

I love to see the endless road pictures

3 years, 8 months ago Edited
Maura Elko Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 8 months ago

Thanks! Unfortunately, these trips do have an end :( But I wish I could just keep traveling and

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