We were fortunate to get reservations at Phantom Ranch after trying for 2 years. I am told the way to get in is to go to Grand Canyon Bright Angel Lodge and ask daily if there are cancellations. (Reservations are made 1 year in advance, but there is not penalty to cancelling up to just a few days before the reservation date.) But, because we were flying in we had to have our reservation first.
Phantom Ranch offers single sex dorms with bunk beds for 10 men/women. They are vary spartan, but are clean have swamp coolers, a shower, toilet and sink. These are all welcome amenities after a hike in the sun of Arizona. There are also cabins, but I know nothing of them.
Meals (both an evening meal and breakfast) must be reserved in advance. We ordered the steak dinner (held at 5:00); the other options are vegetarian or stew (held at 6:30). The room is an old log cabin and fits 28 people snugly. We were fed large portions of tossed salad, corn, peas, corn bread, baked potato and of course steak. The food was fine, though my steak was only ok. Breakfast is offered at 5:30 or 6:30 and is a large American breakfast of pancakes, bacon, canned peaches, and eggs. We also reserved lunches for the day's hike which likewise were large and included bagel, cream cheese, sausage, energy drink powder, pretzels, and peanuts. The lodge also offers "beer hall" at 8:00 p.m., but I didn't join in so can't say much.
What really makes the place though is the combination of a gorgeous setting of old log structures set next to the babbling brook of Bright Angel Creek in the Grand Canyon and easy conversation with fellow travelers. You can sit in the creek and cool off, relax and enjoy nature and humanity.
I highly encourage the hike and Phantom Ranch if you are able and able to get in.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Phantom Ranch Hotel Grand Canyon National Park
- Phantom Ranch Grand Canyon
- Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch