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Phantom Ranch

    Phantom Ranch
 in Grand Canyon


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  • A treasure. May it always exist.

    by happyme_13 on 2018-01-29 03:20 am

    Our fourth time, this week! Over a twenty year period. New roof, new hickory furniture, new toilet, same all quaintness and charm. We lucked in to a cancellation, I think due to that budget problem political fiasco...scared someone away! Our gain....a little cabin, for two nights. Has a sink and toilet. Towels are picked up in the shower building, a short walk away. Good shower.
    Meals are family style at the restaurant, which doubles as the common room / commissary when meals aren't in progress. Steak dinner, 5pm, stew 6:30. Huge amounts of food, lots of salad, and chocolate cake for dessert.
    Breakfast is 5:30 or 7:00 and is also huge. Bag lunch, we did not order...ate our leftover steak and baked potato one day.
    They sell beautiful postcards that are stamped "carried by mule" which you post down there!
    Great, friendly staff.
    Stay two nights and do some of the hikes available...the one to the high waterfall, and the one that goes up and looks down on PR

  • A very special place to stay

    by julia123NYC on 2018-01-19 07:18 pm

    First you have to earn your stay in Phantom Ranch by hiking there. Then you have to appreciate how incredible it is for everything you touch to have been carried in by mule. Phantom Ranch is in a beautiful spot. It is kept deliberately rustic and primitive with simple huts, bunk beds and no tv or wifi. The breakfasts are superb and dinners hearty. Day hikes from Phantom Ranch are a treat, along with time on the beach beside the river. Unforgettable place.

  • Magical location

    by lyeager on 2017-12-31 03:53 pm

    This was my third visit to Phantom ranch (second stay). The reservation process is being changed to a lottery system, which should be more fair for others in the future. The food was a bit problematic -- the reservation agents and the check in staff at the Bright Angel desk indicated that my dietary needs could be accommodated. I was skeptical and brought a fair amount of food along just in case and was glad that I did. What they are able to offer at Phatom ranch is, understandably, pretty limited. If you have just one or two dietary restrictions, this is probably fine. The folks at the ranch were apologetic, and referenced a disconnect between the staff at the rim and what is possible at the ranch.

  • Dream come true...

    by LaurieJanean on 2017-12-31 01:35 pm

    For years I've wanted to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and stay at Phantom Ranch. Record breaking warm December temperatures between Xmas and New Year's created an opportunity for our family of 3 adults.

    We walked down the South Kaibab Trail (trailhead on the South Rim) hiking about 7 miles in just a little over 5 hours (we stop a lot for photos) and had a delicious steak dinner, a wonderful hot shower, and a soft bed at the historic Phantom Ranch. We slept well, in the dorm accommodations. There are family cabins, but we booked last minute and were happy to have anything!

    We hiked up the Bright Angel Trail, taking about 8 hours to return to the South Rim. The Bright Angel Trail is longer than South Kaibab, and gains about 5000 feet in elevation in about 9 miles.

    The free Grand Canyon shuttle bus does a great job of getting hikers between trail heads and parking areas.

  • A much needed resting place after a full day of hiking

    by jcduncan2001 on 2017-12-22 01:55 pm

    We were incredibly fortunate to get on the stand-by list for an open cabin in case of any cancellations. If you don't know, hikers need to plan at least 15 months in advance to get a bed at Phantom Ranch lodge. There are a few choices for accommodations. You can sleep in a bunkhouse, which is like a hostel (bunk bed). The bunkhouses are separated, men's and women's. Or you can get a cozy cabin. These can sleep two to 10 people, but some of these are bunk beds, too. The nice thing about the cabin is you get your own private toilet and sink.
    Anyway, this was our first time hiking the canyon. Originally we planned to camp at the bottom. But we got lucky and there was a reservation that cancelled, so we got a cabin. It was kind of small and cramped, but we were so thankful for a bed and clean bedding, we did not care. Very comfortable and worth the price and extra planning.

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