Williams, Arizona

Williams (Havasupai: Wii Gvʼul[5]) is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, United States, located west of Flagstaff. Its population was 3,023 at the 2010 census.[6] It lies on the routes of Historic Route 66 and Interstate 40. It is also the southern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which takes visitors to Grand Canyon Village. There are numerous inns, motels, restaurants and gas stations catering to the large influx of tourists rather than local residents, especially during the summer and holiday seasons.

City of Williams
Steam locomotive 29 and train sitting at Williams Depot, 1993
Nickname(s): 
Gateway to the Grand Canyon
Location of Williams in Coconino County, Arizona
U.S. Census Map
Williams
Location in the United States
Williams
Williams (the United States)
Coordinates: 35°14′58″N 112°11′24″W
Country United States
State Arizona
CountyCoconino
Settled1881
IncorporatedJuly 9, 1901
Government
  TypeCouncil-Manager
  MayorJohn W. Moore[1]
  Vice MayorDon Dent
  City CouncilBernie Hiemenz, Frank McNelly, Lee Payne, Dawn Trapp, Mike Cowen
  City ManagerChase D. Waggoner
Area
  Total44.17 sq mi (114.41 km2)
  Land43.83 sq mi (113.52 km2)
  Water0.34 sq mi (0.89 km2)
Elevation
6,766 ft (2,062 m)
Population
  Total3,023
  Estimate 
(2019)[4]
3,248
  Density74.11/sq mi (28.61/km2)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
ZIP code
86046
Area code928
FIPS code04-83160
GNIS feature ID36208
WebsiteCity of Williams

Also known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon", Williams was the last city on Historic Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40. The community, bypassed on October 13, 1984, continues to thrive on tourism. Boasting seven fishing lakes in the area, hiking trails up Bill Williams Mountain and into Sycamore Canyon, an alpine ski area and cross country ski trails, four-seasons weather and an abundance of wildlife, Williams offers unlimited recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks. Williams boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route 66, coupled with tourism trends today and the city's heyday years of the '50s and '60s.[7]