grand canyonPHANTOM RANCH

Phantom Ranch Lodge Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch is not actually a ranch, but a group of bunks and cabins for rent at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Located next to the Bright Angel Campground, this historic location provides meals and lodging for hikers and mule riders who made reservations well in advance for this unique experience.  Phantom Ranch is one of the few hike-in lodges in the National Park System and the only place to stay in the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park without setting up a tent.

Hikers and Riders get to the ranch via the hiking the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab, South Kaibab or Bright Angel Trails which vary in distance from 7 to 14 miles.  This is one of the best hikes and/or mule rides in the world, especially when you get a real bed to sleep in at the end of the day.  Phantom Ranch has both dorms and cabins for people want more privacy. The Cantina is where all the meals are served at the Ranch, including a full breakfast or dinner, as well as a boxed lunch.  When the Cantina is not serving meals, it opens to the general public and hikers and ranchers can both relax, get out of the heat and enjoy a snack or a cold beer. Read the guide below to learn more.

Phantom Ranch Destinations

Phantom Ranch Lodge

The Phantom Ranch Lodge is run by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the company who manages most South Rim lodging within the Grand Canyon National Park. This destination fills up nearly a year in advance so reservations are the way to go, but if you’re lucky you can get a cancellation from their wait list…especially in the off season.  Phantom Ranch is the only lodging at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. For hotels on the rim check out our list of Grand Canyon South Rim hotels below or get more information on our South Rim hotels and lodging page.

Bright Angel Campground

If you don’t get a bed at Phantom Ranch, don't despair. Backcountry Permits can be obtained from Grand Canyon National Park to stay right next door at the Bright Angel Campground.  Although you don't get a bed or shower, you do enjoy the night sky and the sounds of Bright Angel Creek, without snoring comrades in the bunk below you.  For more information about getting to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground, check out our Grand Canyon Hiking or Grand Canyon Mule Ride pages.

Phantom Ranch Tours, Activities and Services

Take a look at our list of Phantom Ranch tour guides, activities and services on our Map and Listing Guide at the bottom of this page. Along with lodging, backpacking, ranger talks, mules rides and rafting trips all take place near Phantom Ranch.  Get even more detailed information by following the links below.


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