Friday, October 27th we leave Page, AZ for a 3 hour drive to Williams, AZ, the gateway to the Grand Canyon. This will be our home for the next week.
We will stay at the Grand Canyon RV park in Williams. It has FHU, Wifi, cable,blacktop pads, laundry, showers,no designated dog area but they have a pet resort onsite you can leave your pets when going to Grand Canyon. You can also use the hotel pool. It is basically a large parking lot, but will serve our purpose for the next week. It is a Passport America park, good for 7 days, so we paid with taxes $171.00 otherwise would have been $340.00, which I feel would have been to much for this park.
Out first stop was the Visitor Center to get some info, very informative and helpful.
We left our car here and walked Route 66 a block away.
Cute little downtown with shops and restaurants,
most shops are Route 66 souvenirs.
We stopped for dinner at the Grand Canyon Brewing Co. for appetizers and beer, which is next door to the campground.
Saturday was Bobs pick and we drove 10 minutes to the Kaibab National Forest, this is on way to Grand Canyon. Here is Kaibab Lake where Bob catches 5 trout.
The scenery is very pretty🌲. The elevation in Williams is over 6,700 ft, and beautiful Ponderosa Pine trees everywhere
and very serene.
Off to Bearizona,
a few mile drive from campground and open year round. This is a drive thru wildlife park,
with Rocky Mountain goats,bighorn sheep, wolves,
bears , burros, deer, bison just roaming about.
Best time is early morning or late afternoon to see them roaming about. After the drive you park your car and can walk around a zoo type area with other animals. They have a few animal shows through out the day, and restaurants and shops.
The cost was $ 20.00 per person plus tax.
It was cute but costly and I prefer Bear Country USA in Rapid City, South Dakota. Afterwards we head to Cataract Lake again just few miles from the campground, so Bob can fish. As I’m writing this he has already caught his first fish of the day. It’s a very pretty Lake
with the trees and mountain in background. Great place for a picnic 🐜.
Today is a Route 66 day so we drive west to Ashfork, exit 146 off I-40, where there is a old gas station with a car on the roof.
Then to Exit 139- Crookton Rd, this is the start of the longest remaining continuous stretch of Route 66 (158 miles to the California border). Today we will take it just to Seligman, which is a big stop on 66.
We have lunch at the famous Snow Cap Drive-In, from 1953. This was also in Movie CARS 🚗. We have yummy burger,fries and chocolate shake.
Here I am multitasking.
We walk around this cute little town and take pictures of historic Seligman Sundries (1904)
Copper Cart Restaurant, the Rusty Bolt and the historic Route 66 visitor center, which is also a barber shop and gift shop, owned by the Delgadillo family.
Newer but fun name was the Road Kill Cafe. Heading back to Williams we drive into the Kabib National Forest and off road for 20 miles, it was lots of fun.
Today is Halloween 👻 and Grand Canyon day.
We drive 1 hour North to the South Rim Entrance. Here we use our America the Beautiful pass, otherwise $30.00 per vehicle.
A quick stop at the visitor center and then short walk to Mather Point ,
with beautiful views. Bob is in awe as this is his first visit to Grand Canyon.
There are free shuttles that take you to different points of the canyon and run every 10-15 minutes. There are several points along the way that only shuttle buses go, no cars.
Back in the car we drive and park by the famous El Tovar hotel (1905).
We walk thru the hotel and lobby, very quaint. Across from El Tovar we stop at the Hopi House(1905)
and Verkamps visitor center, Kolb Studio, Buckey O’Neill cabin (oldest standing structure on south rim)
and Lookout Studio (go out on the back terraces for beautiful views and look for the California condors).
We leave our car here and walk to the beginning of the red shuttle route (Hermits Rest).Along the red route we get off at the following stops: Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point(most popular for the sunsets 🌅
and Pima Point (Colorado River views).
Back to the car, we drive to Pipe Creek Vista, park here and have a picnic lunch
, then hike 1 mile on the South Kaibab Trailhead, where a moose just goes walking by, that was awesome.
We catch the orange shuttle to Yaki Point (the place to go to watch the sunrise ☀️). Hop on the shuttle back to our car and head home for the day. We are exhausted, lots of walking🚶.
Next few day are spent around Campground and riding our bikes 🚴 and back to Kaibab Lake for some fishing,
dogs enjoyed watching Bob .
Off to Kingman, just 1 1/2 hour drive on I-40. We will get on Route 66 and do what we missed from Williams. This portion of Route 66 from the Crookton Rd to Kingman is a great road and great with your RV. We will spend 2 nights at the Zuni Village RV. It is a Passport America and just $ 19.10 per night including tax.
It has FHU, laundry,showers,pool. It seems mostly long term live here and no frills, but Ok for a few nights.
We stop at the Powerhouse Visitor Center, Mr D’s Diner
and Beale St (antique stores).
November 4th (our Eighty-Fifth) day on the road, would be one of my favorites,
(Right up there with Lower Antelope Canyon and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival)
We drive 66 to the town of Hackberry to the General store.
Very cute and nice little shop inside.
Then to Peach Springs, milepost 103 to stop at the Hualapai Lodge to get our permit to drive the Diamond Creek Road. Permit is $27.13 per person ,
make sure you get one as Rangers are on road and will ask for it. Dogs 🐶 are allowed but must be kept on a leash. Diamond Creek road
is the only road to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and to the Colorado River.
It is 22 miles on a gravel road, bumpy at times, but fine.
The last 3 miles are a little rough, especially if wet, there a few larger rocks and you cross a few small streams.
This is the end reward.
4 wheel vehicle is recommended
The drive is beautiful and when you get to the end it is absolutely stunning.
I imagine the summer is crowded with whitewater raft trips but this time of year you may have it all to yourself. This is a must see.
Tomorrow we are off to Laughlin, Nv. for 10 days. Here we will see our great friends Bob and Michele, coming from Vegas to hang with us a few days. We will try our luck at the casino, Route 66 (Oatman, Needles) and trip to Lake Havasu and some other side trips.