Best Williams Valley Loop Cross Country Skiing

The MOST popular XC Ski in Arizona.

  Alpine, Arizona, US


  September 26, 2018

East of Alpine, the Williams Valley is covered with a fluffy blanket of snow that makes this one of the Southwest's premier winter recreation areas. These established skiing trails are one of Alpine's best areas. This non-motorized area is prime for exploring large meadows and some of the finest aspen forests in the state. Most of the trails are smooth and rolling, but there are two hills which will make you grunt on the way up, and scream all the way doooooooooown!

To reach the cross-country skiing trailhead from Alpine, head north on US191 for 1.5 miles. Turn left heading west on FS249 for 4 miles to trailhead parking area.

Overall, Williams Valley Loop is the 1st most popular cross country ski area of all 11 Nordic ski destinations in Arizona. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Williams Valley Loop including Ackre Lake Trail and Hannagan Meadow Loop.

Local Contacts:  ASNF (928) 333-4301; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816.

Best Season:  Jan. - Feb.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Luna Lake C.G.

Luxury Loding:  Alpine Inn, Alpine (928) 339-1840

Breakfast Restaurant:  Bear Wallow Cafe, Alpine

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  33.8641, -109.2268

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  9/26/2018

ID:  7179

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Williams Valley Loop Cross Country Skiing Map