Grand Canyon Guided Mule Rides

Mule Rides at the Grand Canyon

If you are looking for a wild west experience when you come to the Grand Canyon there are several options for a horse or mule rides in Grand Canyon National Park and other Grand Canyon Destinations. Professional wranglers will saddle you up to ride several trails both along the rim and into the heart of the Grand Canyon. The most popular trips are mule rides that start from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon West near the Skywalk and the trail to Havasu Falls. The North Rim, South Rim and West Rim all offer one-day trips both on the Rim and into the Grand Canyon.  From the South Rim and the Havasu Falls trailhead you can do multi-day mule trips to Phantom Ranch and to the Havasu Falls Campground or Havasupai Lodge. Read the guide below to learn more about taking a guided mule ride at the Grand Canyon.

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Popular Mule and Horseback Rides

Grand Canyon South Rim

This 4-mile mule ride along the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park traverses the rim from Yaki Point in Grand Canyon Village to Shoshone Point. This one-day trip is a great introduction to riding a mule and a unique perspective of Grand Canyon National Park run by Xanterra Parks and Resorts.

Tusayan Arizona near the South Rim

Apache Stables located right outside Tusayan, AZ offers horseback rides through Kaibab National Forest trails near the South Rim. They feature several options including mellow trail rides, nighttime campfire rides and wagon rides.

Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch

This adventure takes riders on a 10-mile journey down the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Riders than spend the night at Phantom Ranch Lodge and return the next day up the South Kaibab Trail. This is an overnight trip and must be booked in advance with Xanterra Parks and Resorts.

Phantom Ranch is currently open with limited services. Grand Canyon National Park will be making critical repairs to the waste water treatment facility at the bottom of Grand Canyon which will reduce use at Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground. Phantom Ranch will be pausing lottery entries / bookings for Phantom Ranch overnight mule rides beginning January 01, 2023 and hiker cabins for stays arriving May 01, 2023 onward.To learn more about what is currently available at Phantom Ranch check out their official website.

Grand Canyon North Rim

This 3-hour trip down the North Kaibab Trail goes from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park to Supai Tunnel. This mule ride offers awesome views on the only one-day mule trip that goes into the Grand Canyon as well as a trip with fewer visitors due to its less visited North Rim location.

West Rim (Havasu Falls)

This West Rim Mule Ride starts at the Havasu Falls trailhead (Hualapai Hill Top) and stops 8 miles into the canyon at Supai Village or continues with riders the full 10-miles to the Havasu Falls Campground. This is an overnight trip and must be booked in advance, learn more about trip to Havasu Falls.

West Rim (Hualapai Ranch)

Grand Canyon West, home to the Skywalk also offers several other tours including mule and horseback rides. These mule trips follow the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and range from 30 minutes to 3 hours. If you’re staying the Hualapai Ranch and cabins you can also experience a wild west show during your stay.

West Rim (Bar 10 Ranch)

Located in the far western Grand Canyon near Tuweep, Bar 10 Ranch offers trail rides on horseback for ranch guests. There are several different options from short 30-minute rides, to half-day excursions.

West Rim (Oldwest Outfitters)

Oldwest Outfitters offer multi-day horseback rides through National Parks in Southern Utah and Arizona, including a stop at Toroweap Overlook in Grand Canyon National Park.

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