This day-long tour starts and ends in Williams and takes visitors onto the Hualapai Indian Reservation. It travels along one of the last remaining stretches of the original Historic Route 66. Destined for a remote area of the canyon west of the national park boundaries, the vehicle descends 4,000 feet to the Colorado River as the massive canyon walls seem to rise higher and higher. The oversized vans have large windows and rugged suspension systems for maximum comfort. The tour, available seasonally, includes a box lunch to enjoy on the banks of the river.
It’s worth spending an extra day to visit this drive-through park in a wooded area of Williams, which houses wolves, bears, bison, and more in natural habitats. A 20-acre pedestrian area offers close encounters with beaver, otters, porcupines, and and other creatures. Great for families, the programs include animal “meet-n-greets,” participatory animal feedings, and birds of prey shows. Visitors can self-drive the route or join a bus tour with an expert guide.
For more information on the Grand Canyon Railway, visit thetrain.com or call 800-THE-TRAIN (843-8724).
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