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Route 66 - Steam train from Williams to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado

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Steam train from Williams to the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Assessment: *Interesting

For get to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, to its southern edge (South rim) from Williams, we can do it in a more original way than by car. We can do it in a historic steam train which allows us to remember the times of the wild west.

Williams, town of the historic Route 66 and Access “gate” to the Grand Canyon (it is only 88 kilometers away), it is also the starting point of a historic train which will take us directly to the Grand Canyon Village.

Since 1901, this steam train runs 103 kilometers to take us to the southern edge of the Grand Canyon, in two and a quarter hours. Although in the mid-1970s its activity ceased due to low passenger demand, in 1989 the service resumed, already with a clear tourist purpose, with a locomotive of the 50s and wagons of the 20s.

In actuality there are two trains with steam engines what do they do tour from Williams to the Grand Canyon and vice versa, leaving Williams at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.


Historic steam locomotive of the Grand Canyon Train in Williams

As we said, it is a tourist attraction which enables get to the Grand Canyon on a historic railroad. But let's not get confused, it is not a train ride through the Grand Canyon.

The attraction starts with a brief cowboy show in the same Williams Station. On the train we can choose different types of wagons, from the most economical (they do not have air conditioning !!), which are wagons in the traditional style of the Western era, to other more comfortable ones, including a wagon in which we can travel in a Viewpoint on the roof.

He travel time on the tourist train from Williams to the Grand Canyon It is just over two hours. And that time is animated by actors who represent cowboy scenes and do musical performances.

He price of the bill (2010) for the train ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon, and return, it is from 70 to 190 dollars, according to the class in which you travel (coach, first, observatory and luxury), not including the entrance to the Grand Canyon. On the official website you find the most updated prices.

This attraction is complemented by the small Train museum that is in Williams, in which a very historic steam engine is preserved.

More information on the Grand Canyon steam train

  • Official website of the Grand Canyon Steam Train
  • Steam train from Williams to the Grand Canyon on Wikipedia
  • Video of the Steam Train from Williams to the Grand Canyon

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