Building for Tomorrow in Northern Arizona

Our new facility under development is a 155-acre parcel located in the city limits of Williams, Arizona, yet separated from the rest of town by portions of the Kaibab National Forest. Being only two-miles off I-40 on paved or regularly maintained cinder roads, the campground is an ideal location. West Branch has tall ponderosa pine trees and has a beautiful view of the San Francisco Peaks, which includes the tallest point in Arizona. At 7000’ elevation, West Branch is cool in the summer, generally peaking in the high 80’s.

Plan

The Plan

Having a camp in the West is not a fly-by-night dream. It is a goal that was first envisioned by the founder of the Bill Rice Ranch, Bill Rice II, in the 1960s. For two decades, different properties were considered before the Lord gave us the initial property in Flagstaff in 1989. We needed our new permanent location in Williams for a better atmosphere and more durable facilities.

Our master plan includes many areas of development including the main cabins site, larger buildings such as an auditorium, dining hall, and recreation building, a separate junior camp facility, and a lodge (see Topo Map). We have already started utilizing the facility and will expand as the Lord and local officials and site conditions allow.

Status

Current Status on Construction

After the purchase of the Williams property, many churches volunteered manpower and/or finances to put up camp buildings. The Lord blessed us with sixteen buildings including the main camp cabins. All infrastructure is nearly completed to support these buildings. See "Phases" for additional info.

Phases

Phases

The rest of the development project has been divided into four phases (Crossed out=completed):

  • Phase I - Infrastructure, Opening Camp: Cabins completed and online with sanitation, water, electricity, and fire protection. Renovate Bunkhouse, complete first aid building, fencing, initial activity facilities.

  • Phase II -  Dining Hall (foundation begun), rodeo arena, fire hydrant tank, emergency exit road, Dining Hall access road, exhance activity courts/ fields, parking areas, infrastructure for Phase II buildings

  • Phase III - Additional Buildings: Gameroom & concessions, auditorium, stable - tack - corral, staff cabin, camp office, cookout site, infrastructure for Phase III buildings

  • Phase IV - Junior Camp Cabins, auditorium, pavilion, infrastructure for Phase IV buildings

Prayer & Partners

Can you help?

More than ever we need friends to join us in PRAYER for the completion of the next stage of this development. PRAY for:

  • Information - completed plans, permits, supply lists, contractor bids
  • Favor - local officials, suppliers, contractors
  • People - laborers, technical help, donors, fund raisers
  • FUNDS! - see latest news for project estimates

Also contact us to join our team of PARTNERS.

  • Volunteer - individually, organize a church group, provide skilled distance-assistance
  • Donate - funds toward a project, cover an entire project, begin monthly support, provide supplies
  • Raise funds - appeal to personal and business contacts, match funds for a project

Topo Map

Topographical Map of Williams Property

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Latest Updates

Project goals

  • Complete sanitation system installation
  • Occupancy & camp permits
  • Two additional road spurs & parking
  • Electrical service to activity areas
  • Drainage & landscaping
  • Activity facilities enhancing
  • Begin Dining Hall project preparation


West Branch of
Bill Rice Ranch
2501 E. Pinetree Dr.
Williams, AZ 86046
westbranch@billriceranch.org
Phone: 928-635-2097

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