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“Like Being at Camp” 4 of 5 stars
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North Kaibab Trail, South Rim, bottom of Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023   |  
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Benson, Arizona
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“Like Being at Camp”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

After hiking 5-6 hours down the South Kaibab Trail, the first thing that greets you is the sign, welcome to Phantom Ranch, it's a different world, lots of trees, the river, first thing you head to is the dorms, they have two for men and two for women, 5 sets of bunk beds in each, my friend and I tried to get down there early to get a bottom bunk. The beds are very comfortable, they come made up. They give you a towel and a bar of soap, there is a shower, sink and toilet in there. Once you shower, you head to the dining hall/beer hall to relax and socialize with other hikers. Everyone is tired and happy to be there. You have your choice of a stew dinner or steak dinner at night. All steaks are prepared one way, well done...best choice stew dinners. Eating is family style...stew, salad, corn bread, chocolate cake all you want and it's delicious. Steak dinners are served at 5, Stew at 6. At 8 it becomes a beer hall again. They have a few gifts, post cards which will be stamped that they are carried out by mules...they knock on the doors at 4 a.m. for breakfast and so you can get an early start up the trail. Generally your hiking in the dark...Breakfast is plentiful, scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, coffee, etc...I've stayed down there 4 times and love it.

Room Tip: You only have a choice of a cabin or a dorm
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

A long (4-8 hours) on the South Kaibab Trail brings you to Phantom Ranch: a quaint collection of stone cabins, four 10 bed 'dormitory' buildings and a central 'canteen' (dining hall/store/ gathering place). BEST OPTION: a cabin w/ 9 of your best friends!

We stayed in the dorms. Due to a late start (8 a.m.) bottom bunks were taken. One toilet, one shower, one sink per cabin. Bedding and towel provided.

Your dinner reservation will be hiker-stew or steak. Both are delicious but hiker stew will save you $12. Opt for the 5 a.m. breakfast so as to be on the outbound trail as early as possible.

Room Tip: Arrive early and leave early. Bring your swimsuit and enjoy the refreshing creek.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riverside, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

A buddy and I hiked the canyon on Aug 28 and stayed at the singles dorm for 2 nights. The dorms were clean and inviting, the shower pan could use some cleanser to brighten it up. The linens were clean and the mattresses were comfortable. The food was excellent and plentiful. The service was great and the price of beer and wine was very reasonable. The 4:30 wake up call can startle you but it was not really a problem. The swamp cooler does a good job of keeping the place comfortable but not cold. Overall the Phantom Ranch is a great place to stay. It was not a 5 star hotel but then neither is the price. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: The cabins will provide for a quieter visit.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Just returned from a wonderful trip to Phantom Ranch w/ my 22 year old daughter( all Dads should do this). It was marvelous, and we stayed in the single sex dorms which were quite comfortable and cheaper than the cabins. The meals were excellent and we met fascinating hikers...

a tip- this trip was last min. and I tried to secure a reservation one week out. They E Mailed back to say they were full ( expected)...at a friends suggestion, I called the phone # on E Mail...they said they would let me know if any cancellations...next day they called and put us right in.Our dorms were about 1/2 empty and the dining hall was too. An employee there explained that economy had made many change their plans...so dont give up- it is well worth it!

Depart for PR from rim well before dawn to limit the extreme heat hiking and the same for hiking out.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Phantom Ranch is your only lodging option at the bottom of the canyon, and thank goodness it's a great one.

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-Length of stay: We stayed a whopping three nights, though most people seem to stay one. We decided that two nights would have been perfect.
-Dorms vs Cabins: It's worth calling to see if there is a last minute cancellation and whether you can swap out your dorm reservation for a cabin.
-About the Dorms: four dorms: two for men, two for women; dorms have ten beds in 5 bunks, plus one toilet in a little room by itself, a shower in another room by itself, and a sink out in the common area. Bedding and towel included. Our dorm was as (un)clean as you expect a dorm full of transient, sweaty hikers to be -- oh well, get over it. The shower was mildewy and grimey. Accept it now, and all will be good.
-What to expect in a dorm: Check in at the canteen, go to your cabin and claim a bed. Remember to consider proximity to doors (foot traffic), lighting, and a/c vents (yes, there's a/c). People come in and out during all hours of the day -- it's a dorm, so that's normal. Yes, people make noise. It's normal. A member of the staff pops in at 4:30a for wake-up, though some people may be waking up well before or well after.
Food: Sounds pricey at first glance, but remember they lug everything in by mule. The food is very tasty and homey, and worth every penny. We had the beef stew every night, which was very hearty. It is served family style, and you can ask for more. Also includes a great fresh salad, Ranch dressing, corn bread, water, and iced tea. The breakfast is wonderful, too: scrambled eggs, real bacon, and real pancakes with syrup. Because the meals are made fresh, you can't pick them up early for a pre-5am hike. About the "lunch"... not worth it. It is/was a prepackaged hard bagel, packet of cream cheese, jelly, an apple, raisins, peanuts, oreos, vacuum packed sausage. They don't let you swap it out, but they do sell these items a la carte between 8-4p, so you might as well just buy the items you like individually. I wish we had only purchased the bagel and apple, for instance, which would have cost us approx $4, much less than the full "lunch sack" price. Nevertheless, I should reiterate that the breakfast and dinner are certainly worth the money.
---Fair Warning: if you buy a breakfast and decide last-minute to hike out earlier than breakfast time, they -will not- give you anything else in its place, not even a prepackaged bagel.
-Grounds: Bugs weren't really a problem. Flies, common type, were the major, major nuisance at Phantom Ranch. We couldn't do anything about them, but they were a serious buzzkill. The grounds in general are peaceful. You should go in the cold spring water creek and bask in the sun.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oz In Rome
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed in a hiker's cabin in the ranch for a night, hiking down south Kaibab trail and then up the Bright Angel trail.The cabin was basic but sufficient. It has an air conditioning which was welcome as the outside temperature was at high 30s Celsius.

The stew diner, breakfast and pack lunch were very good.

We would do it again, but at a cooler season.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

My girlfriend and I hiked down to Phantom Ranch in July 2012, not really sure what to expect. Once we got into our basic cabin and took a nap (we were tired from early morning hike into the canyon) we realized we made a great choice by staying in the cabins instead of the dorms or a campsite. We had a very basic cabin to ourselves (single bunk beds, a sink, and a toilet) but it was all we needed, as the canteen was a few steps away. Staying in a cabin is comfortable, affordable, but most of all, easy. because you don't have lug a tent, sleeping bag, and other camping supplies into and out of the canyon. Pony up the extra $100 and travel light...it's well worth it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: North Kaibab Trail, South Rim, bottom of Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Location: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
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Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
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