Grand Circle Western National Parks 2015 travel blog

Old Western Town - Williams, AZ

The Bad Guys

The Sheriff

The Shootout

Debbie & Shadow

Some of Our Group Riding the Train

Some More of Our Group Riding the Train




Our Dome Car

Canyon View



Wild Flowers


Talking Mule


Mule Deer



Navajo Dancer


Honoring The Navajo Code Talkers



Antelope On the Way Home

September 25, 2015

Grand Canyon – South Rim

We are staying at the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel in the RV Park. Before going to the canyon today we experienced an authentic old west shootout, complete with humor, with three bad guys and one marshal. Of course the marshal was the winner. It was very entertaining.

This will be our fourth time visiting the Grand Canyon. We were here in 2006, 2011, & 2012. We rode the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, AZ in one of the observation dome cars. We did the same trip in 2006. It was such a smooth ride. It took two hours and fifteen minutes to travel the 55 miles to the canyon. Along the way were fed healthy and unhealthy snacks, musically entertained, and humorously informed of the area by our conductor’s assistant, Nickolas, who had a great personality.

Upon our arrival at the canyon we walked along the rim trail (it is still an awesome site) down to the Visitor’s Center to get our National Parks book stamped. We jumped on to the shuttle and headed over to the Maswik Lodge where we had a great lunch of vegetarian lasagna. After lunch we jumped back on the shuttle and stopped at the Mule barn just as a trailer pulled up with all the mules that had just come up from the bottom of the canyon. They jumped out of the trailer and headed to the barn without any help or convincing. It was cool. Got a great picture of Debbie talking to a mule and the mule talking to her. We walked back to the Hopi House just in time to see a demonstration of Navajo dancing and singing. We had to get back on the train at 3:15 for our ride back to Williams. What a great day.

Tomorrow we go to Bearizona.

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