When most people think of Williams, Arizona, they think of the historic Route 66. However, there’s much more to explore than just the historic highway and downtown area! When we visited the town, we discovered Buckskinner Park. It’s definitely a must visit for any nature lover that’s exploring northern AZ!
My family and I discovered this rustic park on one of our down days while we were staying in Williams. We were staying in there to be close to the Grand Canyon. However, we were also looking to explore Williams instead of driving the hour there and back to the Grand Canyon.
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Buckskinner Park is located just outside of downtown Williams. It’s a short 5 minute drive from the heart of town. The park itself is at the end of S 6th Street. The road will become a dirt road as you enter the Kaibab National Forest. There is a decent sized dirt lot by the reservoir to park at.
Things to Do
There’s plenty to do at this beautiful park in Williams, Arizona. You will find a little something for everyone to enjoy!
This park is a great place for hiking and enjoying nature. There are various trails for all skill levels. The most popular hike is the loop around the lake. The hike features great views of the lake, pines and oaks, and the surrounding mountains while you’re not in the forested area.
If you’re looking for a more challenging hike that’s a good workout, you can hike Bill Williams Mountain from Buckskinner Park. But, there are also various other surrounding trails you can access from the park such as the Clover Spring Loop Trail.
Another popular thing to do at Buckskinner Park is fishing! People come here for spinning, fly fishing, and baitcasting. No matter your style of fishing, you’re sure to get a bite. Some fish you can expect to catch in City Reservoir are Channel Catfish, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Sunfish, and Black Crappie.
This park is also a great spot to picnic. There’s a nice area with a covered shelter. It’s a great place with fantastic views of the beautiful forest to enjoy lunch at. Pack your own meal, or get some takeout from a downtown Williams restaurant to bring to the park!
This is a great spot to enjoy wildlife too. There are many animals and birds you might be able to see while visiting in the Kaibab National Forest! You can expect to see deer, eagles, ospreys, and squirrels. You might even be lucky enough to see ospreys fishing in the City Reservoir!
Why Visit Buckskinner Park
If you’re looking for something more nature-oriented to do while you’re in Williams, be sure to enjoy the stunning views that Buckskinner Park has to offer. It’s a great park to visit on a down day in Williams!
Yes! Whether you’re from Arizona or out of state, you will not have to pay to get into this beautiful park to enjoy picnicking and the hiking trail.
This park is right outside the heart of downtown Williams. So, it’s close to plenty of restaurants, Williams museums, and historic Route 66!
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- Taking one of the many Juneau Helicoptor Tours is a great way to see the beautiful landscape of Alaska.
- If you are into rock climbing and just hiking in general, Smith Rock State Park Hikes are sure to please.