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Discover the Phantom Ranch with its innovative architecture brought about by the necessity of having mules transport building supplies to the lodge site.

Phantom Ranch, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2012, dates back to 1922.

Phantom Ranch was constructed during the “Roaring Twenties,” in which flappers, the radio, and the Art Deco movement defined the age.

While the Phantom Ranch itself dates to the early 20th century, the land upon which the lodge resides has been actively inhabited for close to a millennia. Archeological research conducted in the area uncovered many different types of Pueblo structures that were once used by Native Americans during the 11th century. The first European Americans arrived in the region several centuries later, when John Wesley Powell led a group of prospectors to Phantom Creek in the 1860s. Their arrival sparked a local mining boom that lasted for the next 30 years.

This development was slowly offset by the advent of the local tourism industry at the beginning of the 1900s. Spearheaded by President Theodore Roosevelt, both the Grand Canyon and its Colorado River Valley became immensely popular places to visit. The great national interest eventually inspired the federal government to designate the Grand Canyon a national park in 1919.

In order to facilitate travel to the new national park, Washington allowed for the Fred Harvey Company to construct a building that would provide permanent lodging. The company subsequently hired Mary Colter to design the structure. Colter’s work on the building later became part of a rich architectural style known as National Park Service Rustic. When construction finally concluded, Colter suggested that it be called “Phantom Ranch” after the nearby creek.

Today, Phantom Ranch is still one of the most popular holiday destinations in the entire Grand Canyon region. Many of its original features remain as they did back during the 1920s, including its beautifully iconic stonework. This amazing historic lodge is incredibly close to the famous Bright Angel Trail, as well as Grand Canyon Village.

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