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Grand Canyon Hotels

Phantom Ranch

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Pros

  • Only inner-canyon lodging option
  • Fabulous canyon views
  • Remote access limits crowds

Cons

  • Accessible only by foot or mule
  • Few amenities or means of outside communication

Updated 05/23/2014

Fodor's Review

In a grove of cottonwood trees on the canyon floor, Phantom Ranch is accessible only to hikers and mule trekkers; there are 40 dormitory beds and 14 beds in cabins, all with shared baths. The wood-and-stone buildings originally made up a hunting camp built in 1922. Additional cabins are reserved for mule riders, who buy their trips as a package. The mess hall–style restaurant, one of the most remote eating establishments in the United States, serves family-style dinners

(purchased separately); breakfast and box lunches are also available. Reservations, taken up to 13 months in advance, are a must for services and lodging.

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Hotel Information

Address:

On canyon floor, at intersection of Bright Angel and Kaibab trails, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 86052, USA

Phone:

303-297–2757; 888-297–2757

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 4 dormitories and 9 cabins (some cabins with outside showers reserved for mule riders)
  • Some meals

Updated 05/23/2014

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Aug 22, 2007

The Trip Is the Thing

Located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, you must ride a mule or take a very long hike. Both are very hard physically unless you are used to them. Cabin includes all meals. One-room rustic wood cabins are basic but very clean and nicely furnished. Bathroom is toilet only; sink is in room. Lots of windows make small cabin very airy & bright. Meals are served family style at long wooden tables. Only 3 entree choices at dinner; steak dinner

was very good. Cabins are maybe 3/4 mile from river in lightly wooded area which is less scenic, but at the river you have the sense of being at the bottom of the canyon more. A trip to Phantom Ranch is one of the biggest travel thrills of my life. The scenery is amazing, especially on the way back up, which uses a different route than going down. If you have a fear of heights, this trip may not be for you. The mule walks on the outside edge of the trail which puts close to half of your body seemingly out into space. Also, if you aren't used to riding you will be sore. But it was worth it for me!

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By Matt

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Nov 7, 2001

Father & Son Trip

I went with my dad who wanted to do this trip about 20 years ago. He is disabled, but we still took the mules to Phantom and had a great time. The views from the bootom of the canyon are great. If you ever have the chance to go to Phantom Ranch, I highly recommend it. It was great to finally make a dad dream come true.

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Aug 12, 2001

Phantom Ranch Spa !

Stayed at the Phantom Ranch about a year ago and it was a nice stay! The food and service were great!! The staff live and work at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. They are hard workers and do a great job.

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Dec 5, 2000

The food at Phantom Ranch definitely exceeded my expectations

I went to Phantom Ranch on one of the overnight mule rides offered from the South Rim, and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the dinner and breakfast the next day. I had very low expectations, knowing that everything served on the canyon floor has to be brought in on muleback. But the steak at dinner was very tasty, along with baked potato, salad, and vegetables. Breakfast the next morning was hearty and delicious -- pancakes, REAL scrambled

eggs (I had assumed they'd be powdered; who'd have imagined they cart in cartons of eggs on muleback?), good bacon, and pretty decent coffee. Also, they serve delicious lemonade, as well as beer and wine. Meals are served family-style at long tables.

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