Things to Do in Williams, AZ

Welcome to Williams, Arizona, located in the heart of the Kaibab National Forest at an elevation of 6,770 feet.

Founded in 1881, Williams was named for the famous trapper, scout and mountain man, "Old Bill Williams." A statue of "Old Bill" stands in Monument Park, located on the west side of the city. The large mountain directly south of town is named Bill Williams Mountain and the Town was incorporated July 9, 1901.

Also known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon®," Williams was the last town on Historic Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40. The community, bypassed on Oct. 13, 1984, continues to thrive on tourism. 

Boasting seven area fishing lakes, hiking trails up Bill Williams Mountain and into Sycamore Canyon, an alpine ski area and cross-country ski trails, four seasons weather and an abundance of wildlife, Williams offers unlimited recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

The Historic Downtown District covers six square blocks. There is something for everyone in Williams, Arizona. The town boasts a rich heritage that features the Old West and Route 66 coupled with tourism trends today and the town's heyday years of the '50s and '60s.


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Mayor's Message

Welcome to the City of Williams!

The City of Williams is our "Little town with a big heart". Visit our welcoming community for an evening, explore our old charm neighborhoods for a weekend, experience the natural beauty of our parks and lakes for a week, how about a round of golf, or live, love and work here for a lifetime! If there’s one thing we know, it’s that everyone has a unique way to enjoy the City of Williams.

Mayor Don Dent

Public Notices


The City is aware of delayed trash service pickup due to the storms we have recently endured. We want all customers to know we are working tirelessly to catch up and service all routes. All City of Williams customers are welcome to bring your cans to sanitation to dump at no additional costs. Please remember do not place your trash cans behind snow piles, they will only be picked up if they are accessible for the truck to grab. In addition, we are expecting more storms, please be patient with all City Staff in these times of high demand. Our goal and focus is to the safety of our community and staff.
Thank you again for your understanding


APPROVED/ADOPTED Public Notice - Electric Rate Increase

Any water/electric issue Monday-Friday during business hours,
please call City Hall at 928.635.4451

Water  and Electric issues during non-business hours 
Call 928.635.4461

Short-Term Rentals/Vacation

Williams Historic Business Design Guide

We are now accepting applications for our Seasonal Lifeguard positions.

Proposed Ordinance(s):

Recently Adopted:

"Our Aim is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We continue to make changes to improve the user experience for everyone and apply the relevant accessibility standards."

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