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Phantom Ranch
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Silver Spring, MD
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3 reviews
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“Nothing can compare!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

We hiked down Nov. 8 and left on the 10th. Snow at the top and dry on the bottom. Temps were 40's - 50's. PERFECT hiking conditions, except for the mud after we left the snow portion on the SK trail, but we passed the section quickly. We stayed in the dorms as a cabin was not to be; however, it did not lessen the experience of enjoying the bottom of that great big whole in the ground. The dorm was kept clean and all us gals were very considerate of each other. My hubby managed in the dorms as well, but he would have much preferred a cabin. You are hardly in your dorm at all, so bascially,we felt that it didn't matter much in the end. We ate 2 dinners. The steak dinner was okay. The stew dinner was excellent. Breakfast was perfect. Lots to eat and lots of fun to eat family style too. The lunches have a lot to be desired, but at least we didn't have to think about schlepping too much food with us from the rim; not sure what they could do to improve the lunch. The overall experience is so unique and wonderful. We are not campers and this gave us the opportunity to relish being at the bottom without any care in the world. I just wish it wasn't the most dificult reservation in the world to snag!! We hope to return again.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

We hiked down & up the south rim (South Kaibab down & Bright Angel up) at the end of Sept. I'm glad we didn't do it any earlier in the season b/c when we got to the bottom it was HOT! (Mid 90's full sun)
We stayed one night at Phantom Ranch in Cabin #10. We lucked into a cabin vs the dorm. I called 13 months out & was actually the 1st call of the day so maybe that had something to do with it.
We did the 6:30 hikers stew dinner (which was good) and actually bought 2 lunches (1 for when we got down the 1st day ~ which tasted pretty darn good after hiking down) & 1 for the way back up.
Hopefully you're lucky enough to get a room here b/c it's worth it! What a way to see the Grand Canyon!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

We are from the UK and had planned the rim to rim walk from North to South for almost a year. After initially failing 13 months ahead to get through on the phone to Xanterra to book a bed at Phantom Ranch, we applied for backcountry permits a few months later. Shortly after that I made a speculative call to Xanterra to see if there had been any cancellations for Phantom Ranch and we were in luck! We got a 4 bedded cabin, #10, to ourselves. To be honest, without the cabin bed, the space in the cabin to relax, recuperate in air con : ) we would have had a much much more arduous rim to rim hike with larger rucksacks including tent etc. Having the "luxury" (and I deliberately use that word strongly, given the location and temperatures involved in the inner canyon) of the cabin made our trip. The cabin had air con which worked really well, a flushing toilet, a sink with drinking water (we checked it was potable), and beds to stretch out on. We really appreciated having the cabin to just the two of us as we had loads of space to repack our bags, pack soaking wet shirts, wristbands, etc into sandwich bags for the ascent up the South Kaibab (far more scenic ridge walk and interesting than the bright angel ascent, and to be honest not too bad at all given an early 05:20 start - we reached the top near Yaki Point before 11:00am). Lots of internet reviews say don't do it - I am glad we did, but be fit and well prepared and complete it before lunchtime otherwise the heat will make minced meat of you.
The 6:30 evening meal was Hiker's Stew and was brilliant, served with soup, bread, salad and chocolate cake for dessert. But - the breakfast next morning will remain in our memories for a long time, absolutely fantastic. French bread, syrup, bacon, peaches (yes peaches which went really well with the bacon!). Our only regret is that we were so busy sorting our electrolyte drinks (Mountain Fuel Extreme Fuel from the UK) and wet clothing for the next day that we missed the evening ranger talk. Having said that, preparation was vital for an early start and succesful ascent without issue on the S Kaibab. Phantom Ranch gifts were available from inside the main building, and the shower block had towels and shower gel available. All in all a great place to stay which makes the rim to rim easier than camping.
R Laird

Room Tip: Ask for Cabin #10, the air con worked a treat : ) A cabin is a real advantage over the dorms, as y...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

We rode the mules down to Phantom Ranch on New Years Day 2011. It was a mind-numbing -32 degrees when we left the rim (the coldest temperature ever recorded at the rim). The ride down was a little scary due to all the ice on the trail, but the mules were sure-footed. We were glad to warm up in the 24 degree temperatures when we arrived at Phantom Ranch.

Because we rode the mules, we had access to the cabins. Each cabin is fairly basic, but the accommodations are comfortable and the peace and quiet were almost too much at first! We had a sink and toilet, but had to use the communal showers. The showers were clean and a real God-send after 5 hours on the mules.

After our shower, we took a short walk (about 2 miles) up the trail along the creek. If it were not for our fixed dinner schedule, we would have kept going. The beauty of the Canyon cannot even be guessed at from the rim!

Our first evening meal was an 11 oz steak. All meals are cafeteria style with assigned seating. We shared our first meal with a travel writer from Russia, a helicopter pilot from Alaska, and several others. While we normally don't eat anything close to that much, we devoured the steaks!

That night we slept very peacefully, but had to force ourselves to get up a little earlier than we wanted to so we could get in for our breakfast. Again, a full and filling breakfast plus a packed lunch for our day. We shared breakfast with an Amish family from Illinois.

After a full day of hiking the bottom of the Canyon, we returned and showered before dinner. That night, it was hiker's stew. Everyone was tired and hungry, but happy.

After a second night of sound sleep, we awoke to our final breakfast in the Canyon, then had to pack for our ride out.

We plan to return to Phantom Ranch as soon as we can, but hope we can figure out how to stay for more than two days in the cabins.

We definitely rated this one as our vacation of a lifetime, even though it was only three days long.

Room Tip: Cabins are only available for mule riders.
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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Eindhoven
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2011

We stayed at phantom Ranch in august 2011, and it was very hot at the bodem of the canyon. Phantom Ranch is an oasis, with a creeck where you can sit in and a cateen that provides you with cold drinks and food.
We stayed in a dorm, these dorm have airconditioning, but in the summer it doesn't get cool, but always cooler than in the campground.
The food is good, maybe somewhat expessive, but everything must come down with a mule, so it is understandible.
We liked our stay, but we where glad that we could leave early in the morning, beacause of the heat (108 F).

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Phantom Ranch
Address: North Kaibab Trail, South Rim, bottom of Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Region: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Phantom Ranch is a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon. It is on the north side of the Colorado River tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek. Phantom is the only lodging below the canyon rim. The Ranch can only be reached by mule, by foot or by rafting the Colorado River. Overnight accommodations at Phantom Ranch consist of dormitory spaces and cabins. Cabins and dormitories are heated in winter and cooled during the summer months. ... more   less 
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Phantom Ranch Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
Phantom Ranch Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch

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