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Phantom Ranch

    Phantom Ranch
 in Grand Canyon


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  • A Mystical, Magical Experience

    by kate16 on 2017-12-08 11:32 am

    Its hard to put into words what staying at Phantom Ranch is like. The ranger talked about the 'sacred ground' and the indigenous people who made it home. We walked in darkness, except for our head lamps, to our cabins, and imagined all those who were there before us. The sky, without any city lights, showed all the stars and it was glorious.
    Phantom Ranch itself was wonderful. Our dormitory beds were comfortable and it was fun to meet people from all over the world. We didn't know each other but we had so much in common - we had just hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and we were instant friends because we had so many stories to tell.
    We thought the food was very good. It is served communal style and you become friends with everyone there. We all knew what each of us was doing on the first of the month the previous year and we all felt enormously blessed to be there.
    The staff was extraordinary. Everyone was so helpful and kind.

  • Fabulous place to stay at the bottom of the canyon!

    by seacruiser2 on 2017-11-29 01:40 pm

    We rode the mules down and back out the next day. Phantom Ranch was a welcome surprise. Our cabin was clean and neat with a great bed, a toilet, and a cold water sink. We took showers in the shower cabin just down the path from us. Lots of hot water and nice towels too. The dinner and breakfast was served family style with plenty to eat and delicious. We had steak and all the trimmingings for dinner. Breakfast was wonderful and lots of choices including bacon and eggs. In the afternoon we relaxed in the little store/dining room with a glass of wine and visited with people from all over the world who had hiked down there. It was the experience of a lifetime.

  • Tips from my Fifth Visit to Phantom Ranch

    by maryschroeder on 2017-11-24 01:37 pm

    Just returned from a two night stay at Phantom Ranch. Mid-November is the best time I've experienced to stay here as the temperatures are perfect! As you can read from other reviews, it is a beautiful oasis at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and is every bit as wonderful as people say it is.

    I have a few things to share from my last trip which may answer some of the questions you have:
    - I stayed two nights in Cabin 14, which is a bunk house for 10 people. It did have heating and cooling. This was the first time I've stayed when we needed heat. The control is difficult to find: it is on the wall just to the left of the door, but you can't see it with the bunk beds in the way. You need to slide your hand behind the head of the upper bunk to find it.
    -The bunk house has its own toilet, shower, and sink. The shower and sink have pump dispensers of liquid soap which can be used for body or hair washing. If you have the capacity in your backpack, you may want to bring travel sizes of shampoo and conditioner and leave them behind for the next guest. (A big thank you to whoever left Paul Mitchell shampoo and conditioner in the shower on November 19 or 20.)
    -Staying two nights is ideal if you can get reservations. There are several short hikes near the bottom which will help you stretch your legs and get some rest before the big hike out.
    -Try to bring a head lamp with a red light. They say it does not interfere with night vision. It is very dark at the bottom, and the stargazing is absolutely incredible. Don't ruin it by shining your flashlight near people trying to enjoy the star show. It will also be less of a nuisance to your cabin mates when they are trying to sleep.
    -The crew that runs Phantom Ranch works very hard and fulfills many roles to make this a comfortable stay for you. I always take down some cash to put in their tip jar - they certainly deserve it.
    -I took a dehydrated backpacker's pouch meal to eat for lunch on the day I spent at the bottom. The nice guy at the canteen gave me hot water to re-hydrate it, so I didn't have to carry a small stove down.
    -They sell beer and wine in the canteen during meals, and during the daytime until they close at 4 p.m. to prepare for dinner. But you are not allowed to take alcohol out of the canteen. My solution is to take a platypus wine bottle (available at REI) with some wine in my backpack, so I can sit outside and have a pre-dinner glass of wine. It weighs nothing when empty for the trip back to the top.
    -You will enjoy your hike down so much more if you prepare so you are not too tired or sore. Train more than you think you need to and you will not be sorry.
    Hope this information is helpful!

  • Phantom Ranch Hike from South Rim

    by Karwendel52 on 2017-11-18 07:49 am

    An "oasis" along Bright Angel Creek: We stayed in dormitories. We prefer the cabin in which we stayed in July 2017. The cabins are quiet and have much more privacy. Still, the staff keep the dorms clean and they have flush toilets and hot water showers, an incredible luxury, considering the location.
    The steaks and the beef stew and the vegan stew are as good as they were in July 2017.

  • Once in a Life-Time Visit

    by sakura j on 2017-10-31 10:10 am

    I titled my review, "Once in a LIfe-Time Visit" because I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to visit Phantom Ranch again (it's so far). In my condition, I'm not able to hike to Phantom Ranch, so I got there on a mule. Not sure if I'd do the mule again, because parts of the ride were scary. ANYWAYS...back to my review... The mule riders were greeted by Alfredo. Very high energy guy and VERY friendly! He made us feel very welcomed. I got cabin #7 which is near Bright Angel Creek. Bunk beds, toilet, sink, shared showers. Was hardly in the room except to sleep. Steak dinner was okay. I say okay because my steak was medium rare so I ate the well done parts. Cornbread and beans were good. Cake was a little dry. The most memorable part of Phantom Ranch was walking out of my cabin at night into total darkness (reason for Excellent rating). You could see all the stars plus the Milky Way. You can also see the lights on South Rim. I think one night was enough for me ( I think it's because Phantom Ranch is secluded and far away from civilization). It was in the 80s for the end of October. At night it got cooler. Also attended the Ranger Program at 4pm where the Ranger talked about rattlesnakes, tarantulas and scorpions. I did not encounter any fortunately.

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