A friend and I stayed at the campground two nights one September and enjoyed the ranch and surrounding area. We had dinner in the hall and met some interesting travelers. It seemed a bit surreal enjoying a family style dinner of some of the best Beef Stew I have ever eaten, in the bottom of one of the world's greatest natural wonders. I would love to return and stay in a cabin. If you are camping, make sure you plan for a meal at the ranch. And don't forget to send a postcard from the giftshop, delivered back to the rim by mule train. Plan well in advance, train for it, then enjoy the most spectacular hike imaginable.