We booked our GRAND CANYON MULE RIDE and stay at PHANTOM RANCH 13 months in advance..so needless to say, we could not wait to get there. The mule ride and overnight stay at Phantom Ranch exceeded our expectations!!
Thank you to our Cowboy Guides, Gregg and Utah for getting us all safely to the bottom then back up to the rim of the Grand Canyon. It was AMAZING!!!
Thank you, too, to the wonderful staff at the Phantom Ranch for greeting us with ice cold lemonade, preparing and serving us a wonderful steak diner and hearty breakfast the next morning. All the food was wonderful. Everything tastes better at the bottom of the canyon!
Check in was easy and we were immediately shown to our lovely little cabins. They were adorable and completely what we had expected. They are cabins folks...not luxury suites so if you are expecting something different..stay up on the rim!
Once we got settled into our room we made our way back to the main building which functions as a reception, office, lounge, gift shop and dining room. After a long ride down the canyon on mule....we needed a beer :) The temperature on the canyon floor is much higher than on the rim and the day we were there it was over 100 so that beer tasted great! Considering how much work it must be to get that beer down to the ranch..it was priced perfectly!
When you take the overnight mule ride and stay at the Phantom Ranch, your steak diner and breakfast the next morning is included.
Meals are served 'family- style' in the main building.
Diner was at five ( listen for the diner bell) and I think our breakfast was around 6:30.
I am not usually one for the family- style meals as I am still very much in love with my husband and enjoy staring into his eyes when we eat :) But, I must say,it was a nice experience to sit with fellow mule riders and hikers and share our experiences of the day over a wonderful meal!
The servers were friendly and quick to serve when something was requested at the table.
The steak diner was great and the hearty breakfast the following morning was wonderful.
There are no showers in the cabins themselves.You are given a key to the main shower building which is separate. It is a short walk to heaven! Believe me, after a long hot dusty ride to the bottom..you need a shower! Flip flops would have been nice to have so if you have room in your bag ..bring them. Also, a bathing suit would have been nice as the Bright Angel Creek is close and is a nice place to cool off in.
Be sure to take a walk back to the bridges and the Colorado River before you leave.
Soak in every moment of it...YOU ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON!!!
What more could you ask for?
A special thanks to our mules, Mahoney and Chalula. They were wonderful.!!
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