“nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon”
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. Cabin accommodations at Phantom Ranch are included with the overnight mule trips. Cabin accommodations and dormitory-style lodging are available to overnight hikers with an advance reservation. A National Park Service campground is also located nearby and requires a backcountry permit. A backcountry permit is NOT required for people staying in Phantom Ranch dorms or cabins. Also popular is the Phantom Ranch Canteen where 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.
The only developed accommodations in the Bottom of Grand Canyon! Staying at the Ranch offers hikers the opportunity to hike to the bottom of the Canyon and spend a night or 2 without having to lug a bunch of camping gear. It's especially nice in the off-season (December through February) because the Canyon is far more quiet and ofetn the daytime temps are perfect for hiking. A hot shower, hot meal, and soft bed are a great way to top off one of the finest hikes in the world.
Reservations are VERY hard to come by but if you are flexible, just allow yourself 4 or 5 days in the region (Flagstaff and Sedona are nearby and great towns!) and try and score a last-minute cancellation. People always cancel about 2 days in advance. Oh yeah, bring ear plugs! If you share a dorm, you might have some snoring roommates.
Amazing Experience, my husband and I planned this trip one over a decade ago and I got pregnant. We had to cancel and it took us a long time to get rebooked. You need to make reservations far in advance (about a year) or get a last minute cancellation. We went at the end of April, beginning of May. We stayed in the men's and women's bunks. After the long hike down the South Kaibob trail, I could have slept through anything. So I don't know if snoring was an issue in the bunk. The bunks setups were nice, there were hooks to hang packs, outlets for charging gear and one bathroom everyone shared. The food was great fuel for our hiking, we stayed one night and hiked out Bright Angel the next day. We had amazing weather. I think 60 at the top and over 90 at the bottom. Nothing sticking your feet in the Bright Angel Creek couldn't cure! Can't wait to go back again and stay a little longer - hopefully it won't take another 10 years!
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