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Recommended Adventure: Williams, Arizona

Updated: May 26, 2022

Also know as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon, Williams, Arizona is a small town nestled in the pines of northern Arizona.

Rustic Sign Welcoming Visitors to Williams, AZ

Williams has a ton of things to do and see. Many people stop here on their way to the Grand Canyon.

We utilized HipCamp to find a spot to park the Teardrop during our adventure to Williams. We were able to find an awesome spot, that was safe and secure. Pamela, our host, was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. She provided us with food recommendations and pamphlets and brochures for attractions near her location.

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Teardrop Trailer set up at Campsite
"Millie" Set up at our HipCamp Site

Utilizing the HipCamp App was super easy and straight forward. The Williams Deer Farm Kadampa Temple listing that we ended up selecting was just perfect for our needs. While it is a fairly simple site, it offers electrical hookup and a charcoal grill. We were able to deploy "Millie" in short order and get everything set up to make a quick dinner when we arrived. There were some very cool birds that came by to say hi during our stay.

We arrived later than we intended due to an accident on the I-17, so we stopped at the Wal-Mart in Flagstaff on our way to the HipCamp site. We grabbed a frozen skillet meal to simplify dinner, if I am completely honest, we forgot to pack the Coleman Stove accessory and did not have it to cook the salmon meal that I had originally planned. Sometimes you have to improvise and call an audible on the fly.

Skillet full of penne pasta and alfredo sauce

The Blackened Chicken Alfredo Skillet meal turned out well, we coupled it with a slice of buttered bread and we cuddled up on the Kelty Love Seat. Lisa and I really enjoyed the quiet evening. Our HipCamp Campsite was located in the side yard of our host's home in a quaint little rural neighborhood just outside of Williams.

Our HipCamp site was just minutes away from a Deer Petting Farm. We did not actually visit the farm on this trip, but I am sure that it is a fascinating place to visit, especially if you have children traveling with you.

We headed into Williams the next morning. We had breakfast at a cute little diner called Goldie's Route 66 Diner. Lisa had the Chorizo and Egg plate, while I chowed down on a basic Eggs and Bacon plate.

While we jumping into the Jeep, Lisa noticed something cool in the distance. The is a Roller Coaster on the side of a mountain in Williams. Canyon Coasters Adventure Park offers a Mountainside Coaster and other attractions. They have a bar and grill as well.

In addition to the Deer Petting Farm, Bearizona is another wildlife focused attraction that you can visit while in Williams. We have not been in several years but our family had a great time when we visited Bearizona.

Williams is also the spot where you can catch a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway. The Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel offers a fantastic step back in time as you journey to the Grand Canyon on their beautifully restored trains.

Williams is an eclectic little town that is definitely worth exploring for more than the day we were able to dedicate to poking around.


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