Friends and I have hiked into the canyon and stayed at Phantom Ranch every 2 years for over a decade. It remains blissfully the same. Reservations are a bit of a challenge to get, but anything worth doing, is worth a little effort. The food is always great, considering you don't have to haul it in on your back, cook it, or clean up afterwords. Beer is $4.50 and cold and plentiful. The cabins are functional and again, no hauling sleeping bags. And, the showers? There is no describing the bliss of a hot shower after a hike into the canyon. Also love the creek for soaking the sore tootsies. Never had a bad time here, not even when we hiked in July - which I do not recommend.
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