Place

Train Depot

Wooden Train Depot in front of train tracks
The Historic Santa Fe Railway Depot was completed in 1909 and  it's one of only three remaining log depots in the country

Quick Facts

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The Grand Canyon Railway provides service to and from Williams, Arizona and Grand Canyon National Park. Service occurs throughout the year, weather permitting.

Reservations

If interested in booking a reservation, visit https://www.thetrain.com/, or call
1-800-THE-TRAIN (843-8724).

Reservations from Grand Canyon to Williams are not currently available online. Please book this itinerary over the phone (928-635-4010, extension 1000), or in person at the Grand Canyon Train Depot. An agent is present from 11:45 am-3:00 pm.

History

Each day as the whistle sounds and another train pulls into station, the Train Depot reminds visitors of earlier days at Grand Canyon. The first train arrived in 1901, bringing passengers ready to marvel at Grand Canyon's one-of-a-kind views. Today this feeling continues as folks step off the train, eager to make the walk up towards El Tovar Hotel and the canyon rim.

Constructed in 1909-1910, the Train Depot is part of the Grand Canyon National Park National Historic Landscape District and a designated National Historic Landmark. Designed by architect Francis W. Wilson of Santa Barbara, California, the log and wood-frame structure is two stories high.

Originally, the downstairs was designated for station facilities and the station agent's family inhabited the upstairs. Today, the first floor is used for railway passenger services. The building is one of 14 log depots constructed in the United States and one of only three remaining. Of the three, the Train Depot is the only one in which logs were used as the primary structural material and which still serves an operating railroad. The depot's logs are squared on three sides creating bearing surfaces, flat interior surfaces, and a rustic exterior appearance.

Just beyond the depot is the El Tovar Hotel, built in 1905 by the Santa Fe Railroad. The structure is the signature hotel along the rim. The railroad built the Train Depot five years after the hotel and placed it conveniently close for the rail passengers.

Grand Canyon National Park

Last updated: November 7, 2021