Things to Do in Williams, Arizona: Off-Season Edition

Williams, Arizona, is the crossroads of the American Southwest. From Grand Canyon National Park to Route 66 to rodeos, there’s plenty to explore in the area. Naturally, summer is the busiest season for visitors. However, since attractions remain open year-round, why not visit during one of the other equally enjoyable seasons? The only thing you have to lose are the crowds, heat and higher summer rates! Sounds like a no-brainer to us!
Prepared By:

Shannon Lowery

Writer & Traveler

Williams, Arizona, is known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, but this charming Southwestern town has so much more to offer than meets the eye. Plan your next trip around one of these surprising seasonal activities.

This story was created in partnership with Experience Williams. Photos courtesy of Experience Williams.

1. Snow Tubing

If you’re visiting Williams during the colder months, don’t forget your winter weather gear. You’ll need it when you go slipping and sliding down the snow tube track at Canyon Coaster Adventure Park. Then, get your next adrenaline fix on the park’s alpine coaster, which is Arizona’s first and only mountain coaster of its kind. Hold on tight!

Canyon Coaster Adventure Park in Williams, Arizona

2. Chasing Waterfalls

Due to its relatively dry climate, not everyone associates Arizona with waterfalls. However, waterfall hikes and water activities are popular things to do in the Williams area. Plan your visit in spring when water tables are highest from snowmelt for the most impressive waterfall views. Just a short drive from downtown Williams, Sycamore Falls offers picturesque hikes that lead to stunning cascades and aquamarine pools. You might even spot some colorful wildflowers along the way! 

3. Fall Foliage

Similar to waterfalls, you might be surprised to hear that Williams, Arizona, experiences fall foliage. As the weather cools off and crowds disperse, Williams gives off cozy, mountain town vibes. The yellows, oranges and reds of the season perfectly compliment the surrounding desert wilderness. Imagine a golden hour that lasts all day: welcome to fall in Williams, AZ.

Neon signs hang over downtown Williams, Arizona

4. Historic Haunts

Williams is packed with fascinating history, including a few ghost stories. While historic haunts tell their creepy tales year-round, it’s especially fun to experience the macabre side of Williams during spooky season. Feeling brave? Book your room at the Grand Canyon Hotel and Hostel, Arizona’s oldest and allegedly haunted inn.

5. Holiday Magic

The holiday season in Williams is truly a sight to behold. The town gets decked from top to bottom with twinkling lights. Plan your visit around the annual tree lighting and parade celebration. Also, be sure to check out the nationally-ranked Polar Express railway experience, complete with Santa Claus and plenty of hot chocolate. 

Holiday Lights in Williams, Arizona

These aren’t your typical Williams, Arizona, activities! When you visit in the off-season, you have the chance to see another side of Williams with these unexpected things to do.

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