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“Reserve 13 months ahead of time and spend TWO days down here.”
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Phantom Ranch
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

After your long trek down the the Colorad River, afford yourself 2 days to relax and rest before heading back up up to the rim. It's tranquil down there and there a few day hikes down there to enjoy. You will be tired when you get down here to the Phantom Ranch. Why just get some sleep and head back up the next morning? It's too exhausting to get down there and hike back up the next morning. Most people do it this way and I can see the exhaustion written on their faces. It's a trip of a lifetime...savor it! There are family style dinners/breafasts and it's a perfect setting to share stories with fellow hikers from all over the world. Bring earplugs if you are staying in the dormitory style bunkhouses. On a unique note, you can buy postcards on the rim, bring them down to the Colorado River and have a red ink stamp stamped on your postcard that states...'Delivered by Mule from the bottom of the Grand Canyon'! And the mules will bring your postcard up from the bottom of the Grand Canyon...a unique postcard for your friends back home.....bring stamps just in case they run out of postage stamps.

Room Tip: The Bunkhouses are good enough...everyone is too tired to notice the lack of privacy anyway. Bring e...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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5  Thank kcchin
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

I stayed here one night as part of the mule ride package. The steak meal was also included. The cabins are small and rustic. The toilet is in a small closet but since I was staying solo, I left the door open, it could be quite claustrophobic if closed. The bed was small and the area is sparsely furnished however they do have electricity (I didn't bring my battery recharger) and a heater! I spoke with a family at breakfast who stayed in the dorms (gender separated) which was cool because they could not adjust their heater. I was glad I had my own cabin. The showers are in a separate area and accessed by your cabin key. They are dorm like shower so nothing to recommend but still a hot shower at the end of a long day! I would recommend getting a cabin instead of camping (and packing a tent!) when staying in the Canyon however the cabins get rented out fast. I heard people were reserving them about a year in advance.

Room Tip: private cabin instead of the dorm cabin
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank tropicalnorth
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

The Phantom Ranch is the only lodging at the bottom of the Grand Canyon (besides the Bright Angel Campground next to it). Spent two nights at the Ranch (a must) to fully enjoy the scenery and to rest. Stayed in a bunk house (sleeps 10) with a decent shower and toilet. There are only four bunk houses at the Ranch (2 male and 2 female ones) plus a few private cabins.

Meals were provided at the communal dining table - you get to know other hikers really well. The canteen service was literally prompt (everyone is seated at the same time - you don't want to be late).

The great evening ranger programs which you should really go to. Our ranger showed us the International Space Station in its orbit in the night sky followed by Space X cargo ship in front of it. We also searched for scorpions with the ranger (they are really harmless).

Other things to do:
1. Go for a 12 mile round-trip hike to the little-known Ribbon Falls with an incredible waterfall cavern (the trail is flat).
2. Spend some time on the beach by Colorado River.

Room Tip: 1. Due to limited availability, make reservations up to 13 months ahead (call the office on the firs...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank FromWashDC
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Stayed in one of the bunk houses -- 10 guys to a small bunk house but it has a good shower and toilet/wash basin. After a long hike down on the South Kaibab, the bed was superior to the backpack campground because my friend and I were able to take a day pack instead of a heavy backpack with tent, sleeping bag, etc. The meals -- dinner and breakfast -- were very good. Staff is friendly and the ranch has a good vibe. It's a combo of hikers and those who came down by mules. If you want a cabin, you need to book one 13 months in advance! We got the bunk house a month out after a cancellation.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank cgbroderick
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

If anyone gives this any less than 5 stars they are just not thinking. This place is ALL about the location, and the great, campy feel.
Phantom Ranch is the only lodging at the bottom of the grand canyon, and after hiking 7-10 miles to reach it, it's a true oasis. The creek runs through the side canyon, and the sycamore and cottonwood trees provide lots of shade. Meals are served family-style in the canteen, which also serves as the front desk, concierge and valet :)
When we arrived in April 2014, we were instantly notified that unfortunately the water main had broken, so there were no working showers or flush toilets [we flushed via the "bucket" system]. No matter, it hardly had any impact on our 2 night stay, nor did it seem to affect any of the other guests.

Great spot, if you can get there.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
4  Thank wanderingbrooksnj
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Hard to overstate how wonderful Phantom Ranch is. The hike, the scenery, the river...its all fantastic, and then once you get there the staff and other hikers are top-notch. The food is decent, but because you're eating it at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, it will be one of your favorite meals ever.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
5  Thank Gomez22
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

My friend and I spent two nights in a cabin for ten people. After two days, we became friends with several other individuals and have kept in touch. There's no TV, phone or internet. So for entertainment, we conversed with other folks. We made our reservations 13 months in advance. And, yes, they do have showers!

Watch out for people that snore. I took ear plugs and that did help. Also, watch out for mice. Keep your food locked. A mouse got into my friend's backpack twice.

Do listen to the Ranger talks. There's one at 4:30 pm and the other at 7 pm. Ranger Toy (yes, her family name is Toy) conducted our talks. She was fun and informative. Walk around the Ranch and the Camp. Some of the rocks are about two billion years old. Mule deer abound in the afternoon. A brave fox sat about ten feet from me. The water from the creek allows a variety of plant life to thrive. Then's there's the river and the beach and the stream and fishing.

While there, we also hiked the river trail which runs between the South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails. It's has some great river views and very colorful canyons.

Enjoyed the food. For dinner, I liked the vegetable chilli the best out of the three choices which included steak and beef stew. It's served with salad, corn bread, dessert (chocolate cake one night) and drinks. Breakfast is wonderful with pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. The lunch bag is okay with a white bagel (almost tasteless), apple, nuts, etc. If you bring your own snacks, just forget the lunch bag! Of course, there's also wine and beer. The meals have to be ordered in advance.

When food is not being served in the cantaina, you can read books in their library or play games. Hope to go there again!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank DoverJungleboy
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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: £37 - £104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Phantom Ranch 2*
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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