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Best Parks in Grand Canyon

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Closely interwoven bands of layered rock skirt a sea of gigantic ancient boulders, coming together to form a surreal panorama that melts into Arizona's vast landscape. From high above the topmost point of the canyon, the mighty Colorado River appears as a muddy sliver, belying the tumultuous nature of its waters that carved through ancient layers of rock and birthed the steep canyons surrounding it. Over several millennia, the river snaked its way through the rugged landscape, constantly deepening and pushing the edges of the canyon, oblivious that its aggressive course unraveled years of geological history. For years, the canyon was home to indigenous Native American tribes, before Spanish explorers and American trappers settled into the river basin. Today, the Grand Canyon continues to instill a deep sense of wonder and mystique in whoever visits it, an eternal ocean of auburn rock that spreads majestically under deep blue skies.

Located just a mile south of Williams, this municipal park offers picnic tables and is complete with charcoal grills, volleyball and basketball courts, hiking trails and fishing at the City Reservoir. Bring a pole, drop in a line and be patient while the rainbow trout, sunfish and catfish decide which one will go for the bait. Buckskinner Trails also offers hiking access to nearby Bill Williams Mountain. The trailhead is located just southwest of the picnic shelters. Contact the Williams Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center for information and trail maps.

William Sherley Williams has been called the greatest mountain man and trapper of the frontier West. The town of Williams, a mountain a few miles south of town, and this park were all named in his honor. To commemorate his place in local history, an eight-and-a-half-foot, one-ton bronze statue of "Old Bill" (as he is known) was unveiled in the park in 1980. Many local events are held at the site, and both residents and visitors find the park a comfortable place to relax and enjoy a sunny afternoon.

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