233 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
Keep your eyes peeled for elk, mountain lions, mule-deer, squirrels and even skunks as the train chugs through the higher elevations.
You'll need to begin your Grand Canyon adventure outside the park entrance to partake in this journey, but it's worth the effort for train buffs and families seeking a fun way to experience the Grand Canyon. Daily departures on this classic locomotive are at 9:30 a.m. from Williams, Arizona, about 30 miles west of Flagstaff and just off Interstate 40. The route takes you due north to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, arriving at 11:45 a.m. You'll travel 65 miles through a very scenic stretch of the Colorado Plateau. The trip takes 2 hours and 15 minutes each way, 45 minutes faster than in 1901, when the train made its maiden journey. In the afternoon, the train departs Grand Canyon Depot at 3:30 p.m., with an expected arrival back at the historic Williams Depot at 5:45 p.m.