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Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra

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Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, USA
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Bill D wrote a review 16 Sep
Madison, Mississippi3 contributions
This was a very fun, enjoyable thing to do. It is very safe, laid back. Julia and Tiffany were our guides and they did a great job. The wrangler was funny and awesome too, can’t remember his name. We highly recommend this activity.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Daphne C wrote a review 13 Sep
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Trip was amazing. Had great views. If your worries about heights I wouldn’t be. I’m scared of heights and felt fine the whole time. They don’t get too close to the edge. If your looking for more of a thrill do the over night stay. I’m hoping to do the overnight next time.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Diane wrote a review 1 Sep
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We took the Phantom Ranch mule ride yesterday and today. We went down yesterday and came back up out of the Canyon today. We couldn't have asked for better wranglers than the two we had. They were Simon and Maria. Their knowledge and understanding of how to handle mules is second to none. I also have a new found admiration and respect for mules. They are wonderful creatures, especially Joey, who was my assigned mule on this ride. I will also say this ride is not for sissies!! Thanks, Simon and Maria, for a once in a lifetime experience. Diane
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Date of experience: August 2021
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BzyLzy wrote a review Aug 2021
Milwaukee, Wisconsin1 contribution
Aug. 2021 Two women in our early 60's embark on this infamous mule ride to Phantom Ranch. There is nothing more spectacular in this country than the Grand Canyon! The history, the colors, the shear awe is so breathtaking my friend and I decided to ride the mules down into the Canyon and spend the night at Phantom Ranch. She has never even ridden horses which I have, so in some small way it was easier for me, but not any less frightening! Looking at your mules foot land inches away from a huge dropoff is scarier than anything I've ever experienced before! My incantation was, as told..."trust your mule, they know what they're doing!" And she did! It was a long, grueling ride for us two slightly older women, in average physical condition with a year of the "Covid Couch Potato Blues" behind us. Its ten miles of rugged terrain, switch backs and a perpetual state of mind that vacillated between tension and terror to the bottom and then ten more to get back up. It wiped us out physically! Every inch of me ached or hurt for two days afterwards. Every employee I encountered was very professional and our mule guides were outstanding! They made this trip terrific, but WOW the owners (Xanterra) have GOT to invest some money into needed repairs on both the Phantom Ranch grounds and the Bright Angel Trail where we rode. The Ranch's rustic cabins and structures were fresh, clean and quaint, but the landscaping is littered with dead foliage, broken trees and severed branches which made the place a look like it was in shambles. Weather is no doubt a factor, but this condition goes beyond that; much of it was caused by pure neglect. Budgetary concerns are usually the culprit, but as a guest who spent good money for the experience, that doesnt sit well with me. Time to invest in the upkeep. The trails! YIKES the trail are FAR worse and not in a cosmetic way like the Ranchs' grounds. In my opinion, the trail conditions are very hazardous to both the mules and anyone else navigating that trail. There is not enough room on those narrow pathways to safely recover from a serious slip, trip or fall! Broken logs no longer secured to the staircases which can cause tripping. Worse yet all along the trail there are huge divets from shifting/missing rocks that are all but certain to twist ankles, sprain ligaments or possible break the leg on one of the mules and /or hikers! The most treacherous are areas of small, flat fragments of shale stack up all over the uneven pathway. As sure footed as they say mules are, this felt a lot like I was riding a mule on ice skates! There is no way to be sure footed when you're perilously walking on top of sliding rocks. No dought Xanterra makes a TON of money! It was $1200 for our two person excursion and they are booked full until next Fall. Do the math... ka ching! Ka millions. I cannot encourage anyone to do this trip if you arent physically ready. Had I known, I would have opted for a shorter day trip which is available several places. Also in good conscience, I cannot recommend it until Xanterra invests some money into desperately needed repairs which reduce the risk to the mules and all who seek to be mesmerized by the Grand Canyon's enormous beauty.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Tlaquepaque21 wrote a review Jul 2021
Columbus, Ohio8 contributions3 helpful votes
We enjoyed the 2hr mule ride along the rim - part is forested and part is panoramic. We learned a lot about Navajo culture and the Grand Canyon from our guide Simon. It was a highlight for our 11yo daughter.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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