A Weekend in Williams, Arizona
My husband has been working in Kingman, Arizona for the past five months. As the temperature rises, we tend to escape the heat on my honey’s three-day weekends, heading up to higher altitudes. A few weeks ago we packed up and took a quick two-hour haul to Williams, Arizona. The short trip can afford more than 10 degrees of cooler air.
We normally hike quite a bit, but we spent this trip to Williams on a few day trips. There was a great deal of walking involved, but I wouldn’t call any of our destinations a hike, by our standards.
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The first day of our weekend escape was a Friday. We took a drive to the Meteor Crater Natural Landmark in Winslow, a little over an hour east of Williams, Arizona. The crater was interesting but, for us, it got boring fast. We walked around the rim and looked through the “tower viewer” provided by the attraction. Like I said, it was interesting, but not for long. We thought you might be able to hike down into it. That was not the case.
Unfortunately, we were told we couldn’t bring the dog. When we got there I heard a dog barking. Later I found this on Trip Advisor: “While pets are not permitted inside the Meteor Crater facility or when hiking outside or on one of our guided rim tours, we do have a dog run located right off the parking lot. Also, if you have a kennel for your dog, we will make every effort to accommodate your dog inside to the right of the Admissions area.” Call the office, before traveling with Fido, for up-to-date information.
FYI: The Meteor Crater does not accept the US National Parks Pass.
Wupatki National Monument
Since the Meteor Crater ended up a shorter day than we had planned, we headed over to the Wupatki National Monument near Flagstaff. The monument consists of preserved, ancient pueblos. The walk among the ruins was much more “up close and personal” than the meteor crater. There is a large, round bricked area that was probably a meeting place for the community, pictured. If you’re at all interested in history, it is a worthwhile stop.
Bill Williams Mountain
Bill Williams Mountain is about four miles south of Williams, Arizona in the Kaibab National Forest. Mountain man Williams was a scout and guide in the 1800s. The mountain is actually an extinct volcano. We drove to the top which is over 9,000 feet in elevation, not for those who suffer altitude issues.
The views on the way up were amazing, but the top is kind of littered with utility buildings. My husband and I are building a photo journal of our adventures, so it was quite a profitable drive.
FYI: This drive is considered dangerous and involves high altitudes.
Bearizona was on my bucket list. I am a serious animal lover and have an increasingly difficult time visiting zoos with cages. Today’s zoos are improving in that aspect. While larger zoos focus on conservation, more sanctuaries are opening as a result of crazy people buying wild animals and then not knowing what to do when there’s a full-grown tiger in their living room. Bearizona falls into that latter category.
The cool think about Bearizona is that the main part of the park is a drive-thru area where all of the animals roam free. Even my husband thought it was extremely cool. We saw black bears, wolves, bison, deer, and more.
The walk-thru portion of the park is fairly awesome considering there are animals mingling with visitors including chickens and some very friendly peacocks. The entire experience was more than worth the entrance fee and we will definitely go back again.
A perk was that it is located right in Williams and it only takes a couple of hours to enjoy the whole attraction. Bummer was that it’s another place that we couldn’t take the dog.
The Western Trail
There was a forest preserve that wrapped around the RV park where we stayed. I believe it’s called the Western Trail. I usually have the details, but I stumbled upon the gate at the back of the park and we just headed down the dirt path. We were at the KOA Circle Pines. The trail out the back is a very easy, level walk. It was a bit hot that day which made it more difficult, but I’m sure the forest trail is rated as easy.
We’re going back this weekend! The forecast in Kingman is almost 100 degrees. We lower that by at least 10 degrees and the scenery is much more lush and inviting in Williams, Arizona. Most RV parks are full, but we’re staying at the Canyon Motel & RV Park. More to come . . .