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Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra

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Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, USA
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JoseLuis wrote a review Yesterday
Holland, Michigan2 contributions
I must start by saying that we did the 2-3 hours ride. There is another one staying overnight which goes all the way to the bottom of the canyon. For our next trip to Grand Canyon we will do that one. The tour staff was amazing way before we even started the ride. They called in advance to confirm the date and time and offer options since we couldn't check in the day before as we were driving from Page to Tusayan. Their priority is your safety and well being. The day we rode was very very hot, so they paid extra attention to all of us drinking water regularly. Our guide was Erin, and she was a wonderful guide providing history details and facts about the mules. She answered all our questions. Piece of advice; do have all items which you will handle attached to your neck, this includes camera, glasses, even they request you to wear a wide brimmed hat with a cord to secure it to your chin. The point is that you must avoid to handle something which could fall to the ground, or blown away. If you are looking for the adrenaline of your mule going through those very narrow cliffs, this is not the ride for you. We took amazing photos while enjoying the ride, not to mention the wonderful souvenir they provide to carry our water, an old fashion canteen. I loved it! Definitely we will come back with them for our next visit.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Compass778983 wrote a review Jun 2022
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This was truly a one of a kind experience. Be prepared to be awed, scared, sore(in a good way) and to experience the Grand Canyon in a way that few others ever have. Xantera is a first class operation. Our guides, Maria and Erin always had our safety and enjoyment of the trip first in mind. We were treated to the best views of the canyon and a truly educational experience of the geography and history of the canyon. Once we made it to Phantom Ranch we had ample time to relax and cool off in the refreshing stream and enjoy a delicious steak dinner and hearty breakfast before heading back to the top the next morning. Thank you Maria and Erin and all the staff at Phantom Ranch for a wonderful time!
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Date of experience: June 2022
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GlobetrottinTrudy wrote a review May 2022
Tucson, Arizona27 contributions
I had the best time on the mule ride to Phantom Ranch. Before the ride I was worried I would be scared sitting up so high and knowing the mules walk so close to the edge, but honestly I never got scared once. I had a big grin on my face the whole way down and back up. I had zero riding experience but felt very safe after listening to the instructions from the Livery manager, plus the two lady wranglers Marie and Ozzie were always ready to assist or answer questions. When we arrived at Phantom Ranch the nicest man (manager?) was there to cool us off with a hose, gave us a lemony electrolyte drink, and made sure we were all fine and didn't feel overheated in the 100° temps. It was cool to stay in the historic cabin at Phantom Ranch and the dinner and breakfast they provide was excellent. I'll admit my knees and butt were very sore from the ride and on the way back up I only got sorer but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I miss my mule Berry! Such a sweet guy.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Sharon wrote a review May 2022
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This was an adventure of a lifetime! The views from the rim were awesome! The closest we got to the edge was about 5-6 ft for a very short distance towards the middle of the ride. We checked in the night before at Bright Angel Lodge. The next morning we met at the barn near the lodge to take a bus ride to the Yaki barn where the mules were. I was a bit nervous since I had no riding experience. The staff was great and accomodated me by letting me follow directly behind the lead wrangler. I had no issues at all! I became comfortable quickly because my mule knew exactly what she was doing. Both wranglers were very knowledgeable and friendly, as well as the lady in charge as well. Definitely would recomment this ride!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Tam wrote a review Apr 2022
Northville, Michigan12 contributions1 helpful vote
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What a great experience! We had great guides Caitlyn and Hank - both had a wealth of experience and put our group at ease right away. I was a little nervous about the heights and being so close to the edge. But the mules are very sure-footed. After the first couple minutes I was at ease. The views of the canyon from the back of the mules are amazing. It was a physically tough ride down and the last hour was probably the hardest on me. Our accommodations at Phantom Ranch were nice. Cabins were cozy. We walked the trails near camp which helped stretch our weary muscles . Dinner was carry out from the canteen. Steak was good but tough to eat with plastic utensils. Breakfast was also carry out. Plenty of food! We heard so many good things about the park Ranger programs in the past and were disappointed to not have them during our stay. Take a book or cards if you need entertainment in the evening. Star gazing is also wonderful from the bottom of the canyon. The return trip was physically easier on me. Our guides gave us lots of history during our breaks. This was a trip to remember and I highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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