Bixler and Bill Williams Mountain
near Williams, Arizona
Sunset over the forest meadow
I camped in this beautiful meadow spotted with juniper trees and a few ponderosa pines during May of 2012. It’s in the Kaibab National Forest southwest of Williams, Arizona along Bill Williams Loop Road (FR-108). Beyond the meadow it’s mostly tall ponderosa pine forest. Here at 6600 feet the temps were perfect with highs in the 70s and 80s almost every day. It was windy, but then I heard it was windy everywhere at the time.
I had an excellent view of Bill Williams Mountain and Bixler Mountain from my campsite. There were deer in the meadow and lots of elk! I got pictures of 3 elk with my trail camera setup nearby. Many, many ravens too. They are quite aerobatic and it’s fun to watch them perform rolls, which they do often. Also saw humming birds, turkey vultures, several varieties of birds, jack rabbits, squirrels, an eagle, and an owl.
Hiking the nearby Bixler Saddle Trail up Bill Williams Mountain was fun. Along the hike I had impressive views of the expansive ponderosa pine forest dotted with forest meadows. The camping here was excellent, and judging by all the campsites I found along this road, I’m not the only one who thinks so!