Grand Canyon Railway made its first journey to the Grand Canyon on September 17, 1901.
Today, the train carries more than 200,000 riders per year to the South Rim and is responsible for keeping approximately 70,000 vehicles out of the park.
Visitors can relax on a restored historic train for the 65-mile trip across the high desert before arriving at the railway depot a short walk from the rim. A train departs at 9:30 a.m. from the Williams Depot every day except Christmas and leaves the Grand Canyon at 3:30 p.m. During peak visiting periods, an additional train departs at 10:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m.
There are six different classes available to guests, from the basic Pullman class to the luxury domed car named after Southwest hospitality pioneer, Fred Harvey. The ride takes approximately two hours and 15 minutes. Visitors arrive at the doorsteps of historic Grand Canyon Village near El Tovar Hotel, Hopi House and Verkamp’s Store — all riders have access to the park’s free shuttle bus system, which takes riders as far as Hermit’s Rest to the west and Yaki Point to the east. Those who wish to stay for sunset can make arrangements to stay overnight in the park and return to Williams the following day.
Package options include lodging and tours. More information can be found by visiting www.thetrain.com/offers-packages.