I'm truly thankful for the option to use Phantom Ranch when I planned my solo hike. Made my trip in 22-23 Sept 2010. Didn't need to pack much other than water (3 liters) and snacks since I knew I'd sleep in a bed and was buying my meals. Started down S. Kaibab trail at 0530 under a setting full moon. Temp at rim trailhead was 40 F. Arrived at PR canteen around 0930, temp 95F. Even though I'd trained to do this, it was physically wearying to my 50 yo frame. Greatly refreshed by a couple of lemonades in the A/C. First to arrive so I got to choose my bunk in one of the dorms. Soaked my hot, weary feet in the ice cold Bright Angel Creek then took a hot shower and a nap before anyone else arrived. Not too impressed by the sack lunch. I could do better toting that one down with me. Hiked back to the Colorado River in the afternoon, temp 110F. Took another short nap in the air conditioned dorm and then hiked close by that afternoon until the mulesters arrived. Enjoyed some of the Ranger program and waited for the call to a steak dinner. Enjoyed talking with the folks at the dinner table that came from all over the country and the world to be one of the few staying there together that evening in the oasis at the bottom of the canyon. Beautiful weather allowed an unrivalled visibility of the stars and moon in the clear night skies. Spent an hour in the canteen that evening enjoying a couple of cold brews and the company of my fellow travelers. Too soon it was time to go to bed. Reveille around 0445 and ready for a hot breakfast before heading up the Bright Angel trail around 0530. Found a companion to hike along with and we arrived at the south rim trail head around 1230. A once in a lifetime experience and I relish the thought of doing it again!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Phantom Ranch Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
- Phantom Ranch Grand Canyon
- Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch