After finishing our workamping gig in Yuma, Arizona in the winter of 2018/2019 it was off to our summer gig in Ouray, Colorado. On the way, we decided to make a few stops. One stop was at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park.
We wanted to see more of RT66 and this park sits right off of it in the middle of Arizona. Since we were coming from the west we exited off I-40 at exit 161. If you are coming from the east you will get off at Exit 165. Whichever way you are coming, once you are off I-40 you will now be on Historic RT 66. Coming from the west you will make a left and coming from the east you will make a right on 7th St.
Don’t Do What We Did
After you cross the railroad tracks you will notice the registration building where you will check-in. There are several driveways to pull into but don’t pull into any of them as we did…lol. Instead, go down to the next street which is W Franklin Ave and enter from there.
When we booked this park we figured if we booked a week we could do the eastern part of RT66 for a couple of days and then hit the western part. The best part is that this is a Passport America park and we got the week at half price!!! If you don’t know what Passport America is, click here to check out our article explaining the membership.
A Pet Resort?
The registration building houses a camp store with minimal food supplies, RV supplies, a large gift shop, offices, and the check-in counter. Attached to the office building was a “Pet Resort” where you could leave your furry friends while you go out exploring for the day. Off to the side of that were a playground, volleyball court, basketball court, and horseshoe pit. If you cross the small bridge you wind up in the “Wild West Shootout” town. This is where they do reenactments of old-time western shootouts.
Once checked in, you will pull out of the office parking lot and cross 7th Ave and enter Cataract Lake Rd. Grand Canyon Brewing and Distillery will be on your right and the RV park entrance will be on your left. The distillery seemed to be a popular place to have a meal although we did not eat there.
A Big Parking Lot
The RV park itself looked like one big parking lot with spaces. There were about five neatly laid out rows. The interior sites were all full hook-up, pull-throughs while the perimeter sites were all full hook-up back-ins. There was a building in the middle on the back perimeter of the park. This building housed the bathrooms/showers, laundry room, and a shuttle pick-up area. In front of the building was a covered picnic pavilion.
To gain entry to the building you needed an access card which you were given during check-in. The restroom/showers were immaculate as was the laundry room. You were also allowed to use the swimming pool and fitness room which were located in the hotel nearby.
Although there was no fenced-in K-9 park, there was a combination of a dog walk/fitness trail along the back perimeter of the park. There were dumpsters located throughout the park for trash disposal.
Most Sites Were Level
Our site was fairly level and we noticed that the other sites around ours were level also. We can usually tell by how many leveling blocks other RVers were using…lol. The pedestals, water, and sewer connections were conveniently located towards the back of the site. Our water spigot was leaking but one call to the office and it was repaired in no time. The park insists that you put pads under your jacks and stabilizers and all sewer hoses must be off the ground and securely attached. The sites were long but not that wide. You had just enough room for your picnic table and chairs.
Our AT&T signal was strong and we had an LTE data signal. The Wifi was typical campground Wifi. The park had cable tv which worked fine.
There are many restaurants nearby with a supermarket located within one mile. One thing to keep in mind is that you are very close to a train station. We assumed (you know what they say about assuming) that the nearby train was the touristy one that takes you to the Grand Canyon, and we were right. It is a scenic ride with a (staged) train robbery along the way. We figured since it was only the touristy train, it would only operate during the day, which it did. What we didn’t realize was that the regular town passenger train came rolling through there too. Oops. Although there were a few late night/early morning whistles, it wasn’t as bad as you would think.
We stayed at this park with the intention of touring RT 66 and the surrounding area. For that purpose it was great. It’s located in the middle of historical Williams so there are many old shops and restaurants along the strip.
The “campground” is not your basic campground. It’s pretty much a paved parking lot with designated spots for RVs. It had all the amenities you would want as an RVer. If we were looking for a park to hang out in and relax for a week, this would probably not be the one. If we were to come back and finish riding RT66 (the weather turned bad halfway through our stay and we never finished Rt 66) we would definitely come back. The location is perfect as it is halfway down the Arizona part of RT66 and about an hour from the Grand Canyon.
Have you stayed at this park? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below.
Date of Stay: May 4, 2019- May 11, 2019
Grand Canyon Railway RV Park
Big Rig Friendly10.0/10
Park Road Conditions9.5/10
- 30 & 50 Amp Sites Available
- Convenient Location To RT66 & Grand Canyon Attractions
- All Full Hook-Up Sites
- Pet Resort/Boarding
- Card Entry Laundry Room
- Access To Hotel Pool & Fitness Area
- Long Sites
- Horseshoe/Volleyball/Basketball Courts
- Old Time Western Shoot-out Re-enactment
- Sites Not Very Wide
- Park Looks Like A Big Parking Lot
- Located Next To A Train Station
- Office/Camp Store Located Across A Busy Road
- No Fenced K-9 Park
- Some Office Staff Unfriendly