Grand Canyon Train



















































The Grand Canyon Train departs daily from Williams Arizona which is 30 west of Flagstaff just off Interstate 40. The train goes straight north to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The trip takes 2 hours and 15 minutes each way. It's about 65 miles from Williams to the South Rim and the Grand Canyon Depot.

The Grand Canyon Train departs daily from Williams Arizona which is 30 west of Flagstaff just off Interstate 40. The train goes straight north to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The trip takes 2 hours and 15 minutes each way. It's about 65 miles from Williams to the South Rim and the Grand Canyon Depot.

Here is a little bit of depot history...

The Williams Depot was built in 1908. It was the headquarters for people traveling to and from California along the mainline running from Los Angeles to Chicago. The depot was also a hotel named the Harvey House Hotel. It had 43 rooms, a formal dining room, a cafe, bar, and a news room.

The Grand Canyon Train Depot was built in 1909-1910. It is located in the Grand Canyon National Park. It is a log and frame structure that is two stories high. It is one of approximately 14 log depots that were constructed in the United States. It is only one of three that remains today.

The El Tovar Hotel is located close to the railway and in fact was built by the railroad in 1905. You can't think of the Grand Canyon without thinking about the El Tovar.

What will you see along the way?

When you leave Williams you will be at about 6000 ft elevation. At this elevation you will see Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, spruce and Aspen. As you move into the Upper Sonoran Zone, you'll see Pinyon, Juniper, sagebrush, live Oak and Mountain Ash.

Keep your eye out for elk, mountain lions, and mule deer. You may even see some Pronghorn sheep. If you're into birding, you may well see bald eagles, horned owls and the California condors.

Do not feed any animals when you are in the park.

This is a fun adventure. The Grand Canyon Train makes the trip entertaining and you have an opportunity to learn some of the history. Best of all there are authentic western characters on the train to entertain you. They know how to bring the Old West to life!

More important the Grand Canyon Train is responsible for keeping around 50,000 cars outside of the park. Traveling this way you are doing your part to help preserve the beauty of the Grand Canyon.

There are four classes of service that you can purchase for your trip.

  • Coach Class

    This class has bench style seating in an air conditioned 1950s era passenger cars. It has musicians strolling the cars playing old tunes while an attendent is there to answer questions and give information. This the cheapest way to travel. Children are welcome.

  • First Class

    You have reclining seats and big windows. You are also served fruit, coffee, juice and pastries in the morning run and snacks, soft drinks and alcohol are available on the way back. And the cars are air- conditioned as well.

  • Observation Dome

    This is glass enclosed that gives you panoramic views. The high backed chairs are above the train to give you the best view possible. Food and drink are offered both morning and on the return trip. Children 15 and under are not allowed.

  • Luxury Parlor Class

    This is the most exclusive trip. It has lounge style comfort with private bar and you can stand on the open air rear platform. Again you have food and drink coming and going and children 15 and under are not allowed.

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