Williston, North Dakota Area Information
Williston is the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota.

The population was 12,512 at the 2000 census. Williston was founded in 1887. It was named for Daniel Willis James, who served on the board of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. Williston, North Dakota, was named for him by his friend and owner of the Northern Pacific Railroad, James J. Hill.

Williston is located in the Northwest corner of North Dakota near both Montana and Saskatchewan Canada.  Major highways of US 2 and 85 cross through Williston.

Getting to Williston is easy with non-stop commercial jet service from Sloulin Field International Airport to Denver (United) and Minneapolis (Delta).

Amtrak passenger rail service also serves Williston with Eastbound (Chicago) and Westbound (Seattle/Portland) departures on the Empire Builder Train. Jefferson Lines also provides bus service.

Recreational activities are nearby at the Yellowstone River and Missouri River, as well as Lake Sakakawea.  Many National Historic sites of importance are located near Williston along the Lewis & Clark trail.
Easy Access to:
  • •    Mercy Medical Center
    •    Sloulin Field International Airport
    •    Williston Amtrak Station •    Halliburton
    •    Hess
    •    Nabors
    •    Schlumberger
    •    Stallion Oilfield Services
    •    Sunwell
    •    Weatherford
    •    Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Boating, Geocaching, Hiking, Sightseeing, Birdwatching
Within Minutes of:
  • •    Blacktail Dam
    •    Buffalo Trails Museum
    •    Cut Bluff Lewis & Clark Expedition Site
    •    Fort Buford State Historic Site
    •    Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
    •    Frontier Museum
    •    Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center
    •    Spring Lake Park
    •    Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Unit
    •    Lake Sakakawea
    •    The Links of North Dakota
    •    Lund's Landing 
Contact Us

The El Rancho Front Desk & Lobby are open 24 hours with complimentary coffee for guests.

Front desk/switchboard:
Our Location

Conveniently located near the center of Williston with easy access to highways but no highway noise.

1623 2nd Ave W
Williston, North Dakota 58801
Driving Directions & Map:
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Restaurant & Bar

One of Williston's most popular restaurants, boasting fresh food, a sleek interior and great service. Whether you want to have a drink and watch the game on our big screen or to sit down for a three course meal, WBC is the place to be.

Williston Brewing Company Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 11am-11pm
Sunday & Monday 11am-10pm
Happy Hour:
Monday - Saturday 3pm to 6pm
Sunday all day!
(701) 609-5439