Grand Canyon Country is located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona. Most of the plateau is set at an elevation of 5,000 feet. However, the plateau also includes Williams and the Grand Canyon, both at an elevation of about 7,000 feet, and the San Francisco Peaks, the highest point in Arizona at over 12,600 feet. As a result, the journey through Grand Canyon Country features a variety of stunningly different landscapes: from the Ponderosa pine forest surrounding Williams, to a gentle drop in elevation down to the wide-open prairie before climbing back up to the Pinion pine forests as the Train approaches Grand Canyon National Park.
What to See and Do
There is a lot to see and do in the area, whether you’re a hiker, animal lover, photographer or train enthusiast!
As you travel through the forests of Grand Canyon Country, keep your eyes out for elk, mountain lions, mule deer, squirrels, and even skunks. In the high desert, it’s common to see pronghorn, which look like antelope, as well as a variety of birds – from bald eagles to horned owls, ravens to California condors.
Along the way, you’ll see a variety of plants and trees as you can change in elevation. You’ll be see everything from forests of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, spruce and aspen at higher elevations, then Pinyon-Juniper woodlands, sagebrush, grama grass, and a variety of brush like live oak, salt brush and mountain ash.
Grand Canyon Railway is surrounded by both beauty and history and nowhere is that more evident than at our historic train depots. Each build over 100 years ago, the Williams Depot and the Grand Canyon Depot are national historic treasures and are still responsible for providing comfort and convenience to thousands of people each and every day.