Activities & Events
Whether visitors come for the day or the week, they find countless opportunities for education and entertainment while at the Grand Canyon. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the Xanterra/Grand Canyon Institute Learning & Lodging programs offered in November, and January through early May. Guests can learn about the 1.8 billion-year-old rock at the bottom of the canyon, hike the Bright Angel Trail, climb aboard a motorcoach, or schedule an interpretive tour with a Xanterra guide.
Visitors can browse South Rim gift stores that feature historic Mary Jane Colter architecture. These registered historic landmarks, which include Hopi House, Hermit’s Rest, Lookout Studio, and the Watchtower, is where they’ll discover Native American artistry and a variety of unique souvenirs.
A mule ride to Phantom Ranch is an experience of a lifetime. Guests are recommended to plan in advance for this activity if they intend to include it as part of their visit to the Grand Canyon. A highly skilled mule wrangler will point out some of the most interesting features of the canyon along the way, including petroglyphs and 12 different ages of rock. The mule will do most of the work so guests can focus on the unbelievable views. As part of the journey, visitors will stop to have lunch at Indian Garden before continuing along the cliffs of the Inner Gorge. From there, riders will cross the Colorado River on a suspension bridge before ascending Bright Angel Canyon to one of the most exclusive spots in the canyon – Phantom Ranch.
For more information about Phantom Ranch or to make reservations please visit grandcanyonlodges.com/phantom-ranch or call 1.888.29.PARKS (888.297.2757).