Phantom Ranch

Phantom Ranch is a comfortable oasis nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It is tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek on the north side of the Colorado River and is the only lodging facility below the Canyon rim. The Ranch can only be reached by mule, by foot, or by rafting the Colorado River and is a popular stop-over point for hikers and mule riders traveling to the bottom of the Canyon via the famous Bright Angel or Kaibab trails. Open year-round. The ranch was designed by architect Mary E. J. Colter and completed in 1922. The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone and do not intrude on the natural beauty and solitude of the setting. Overnight accommodations at Phantom Ranch consist of dormitory spaces and cabins. Cabins and dormitories are heated and cooled during the summer months. Dormitories are separate for women and men -- each has ten bunk beds, a shower, and restroom.

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The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone and do not intrude on the natural beauty and solitude of the setting. Overnight accommodations at Phantom Ranch consist of dormitory spaces and cabins. Cabins and dormitories are heated and cooled during the summer months. Dormitories are separate for women and men - each has ten bunk beds, a shower, and restroom.

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Phantom Ranch Canteen

Located at Phantom Ranch, the Canteen provides hearty breakfasts, snack lunches, and dinner choices of hiker's stew, vegetarian chili or steak to adventurous travelers who journey to the bottom of the Canyon. Note that there are specific seating times for breakfast and dinner. Steak dinners are served at the early seating and hiker's stew and vegetarian chili dinners are served at the late seating. The Canteen also offers a limited variety of hiker items including snacks, beverages, stamps, T-shirts, postcards, and first-aid supplies. Open all year. All meals, beverages, and sundries are available for adventurous travelers who journey to the bottom of the Canyon. Meals MUST be reserved well in advance of your descent. Mule trips do include a lunch on the way down, steak dinner that night and a breakfast the next morning before the ride out. Hikers need to reserve meals separately and well in advance.

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Mule Rides at the Grand Canyon

For those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, Phantom Ranch offers two guided rides using a time-honored method of canyon transportation: the sure-footed mule. The Abyss Overlook mule ride begins at the world famous Grand Canyon Livery Barn, located in Grand Canyon Village, which is more than one hundred years old. You will then set out for a peaceful trip through the forest. You will ride along a section of the historic Grand Canyon railroad tracks, formerly the Santa Fe Railroad, then through the largest Pinyon Pine forest in the country. Overnight rides stay the night at Phantom Ranch, a rustic oasis nestled deep in the Canyon. You will journey down the Bright Angel Trail and enjoy lunch at Indian Garden, then proceed along the cliffs of the Inner Gorge, across the Colorado River on the Suspension Bridge, and up Bright Angel Canyon on the north side of the river to Phantom Ranch.

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