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All Aboard The Grand Canyon Railway

Pretty mountain views along the Grand Canyon Railway

Desert landscapes along the Grand Canyon Railway ride

A house out in the pines seen from the Grand Canyon Railway

The first glimpse of the Grand Canyon as you enter the Grand Canyon Railway Depot

On the return route, you’ll be able to see the San Francisco Peaks, which at 12,633 are the highest in Arizona.

The San Francisco Peaks as seen from the Grand Canyon Railway

Cowboys greeting you as you make your way back to Williams

Cowboys greeting you on the side of the Grand Canyon Railway

Cowboy on horseback greeting you as make your way back to Williams along the Grand Canyon Railway

The Schedule

The train will depart Williams at 9:30am and arrive at the Grand Canyon at 11:45am (during peak periods the times may vary a bit). Be aware that you will only have until 3:30 to explore this magnificent natural wonder. By the time you eat, take photos, explore gift shops and museums, and take a short walk along the Rim Trail, you are pretty much out of time. If you want to extend your time at the Canyon, I recommend booking a room at one of the various Grand Canyon lodging options (well in advance), and taking the train back the next day. This will give you more time to explore everything that the South Rim has to offer.

During your train ride, you can browse the map of activities available at the South Rim (a newspaper and map will be set out on your seat for your convenience). You will not have time to see everything. Here is a highlight of the best sights to see during your limited time.

Lookout Studio – Lookout Studio is a gift shop and observing area which was built back in 1914. Because it is located on the very edge of the rim, you can get some great panoramic photos here.

Beautiful views from Lookout Studio at the Grand Canyon South Rim

More pretty views from the Lookout Studio overlook at the Grand Canyon South Rim

Great views from the Lookout Studio overlook at the Grand Canyon South Rim



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