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Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra

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RoadRabbitGTI wrote a review Nov 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina120 contributions45 helpful votes
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Buyer Beware with the 2 hour daytime Mule ride / tour. This is not something you will get many chances at great views for photos. You will be sadly disappointed for the high price. There is only 2 or 3 open viewing points that the tour stops and gives opportunity to snap a few photos. You cannot get off the mules and close to the rim. Yes, these stops have you about 8-10 steps away from the rim. Many of the spots along the rim are obstructed by shrubs and bushes. While riding along rim, snapping photos is highly discouraged by the tour guide so your photo opportunities are limited. I would recommend the Phantam Ranch mule tour since that is longer and will get the views you dream of, while going down and coming back up the Canyon, open views. Also, if you are 1 minute late to the ride, they turn you away. Many people get turned away for doing just that. The great experience of this was riding a mule. The mule was so calm and professional, and even trotted along without much direction from me. All riders are trained to steer the mule and such, to get the mule going and to get it to stop. But my mule, was amazing, literally did not need my help. A couple other mules though did need help and guidance I noticed
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Laura wrote a review Nov 2020
North Augusta, South Carolina20 contributions2 helpful votes
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Five stars isn’t enough for this experience of a lifetime. As with our other dealings with Xanterra, the arrangements were easy to make and we were given all the information we needed - and there’s a lot to know. As we were already staying at the the Bright Angel Lodge on the south rim, our check in process and getting to the ride itself were easy and flawless. They are quite strict about adhering to the rules & regulations for this trip (for example the weight limit, my husband actually had to lose some weight to be able to go), which is good to see as it impacts the safety of everyone on the trip. I had also done some research on my own ahead of time so I knew a good bit about what to expect. And I admit, I was nervous! But I’m so glad I went on this trip, would never have forgiven myself if I had backed out! The wranglers are so knowledgeable and skilled, and the mules are as sure footed as they come. You can literally put your life in their hands! Anyone who listens to their wrangler and trusts their mule will be able to relax and have an extraordinary experience. I can’t say enough about our wranglers Simon and Katie! They seem to truly love giving people this experience and are a wealth of information about the Grand Canyon, it’s Indigenous Peoples’ history and the history of the mules in the Canyon. Everything was just fascinating. Simon offered a Navajo prayer as we began our descent on the Bright Angel Trail, and it was the perfect beginning for our trip. The accommodations at Phantom Ranch are rustic but perfectly fine and totally appropriate for that setting. It’s a beautiful area to explore, we walked down to Boat Beach and had the additional thrill of seeing a pack mule team wind its way down the trail and come across the black bridge suspended above the Colorado. The food at Phantom Ranch was great and they gave us a lot of it! We slept like babies and were refreshed (if a little sore) and ready for our return trip up the Bright Angel. I could go on and on about this experience. We’re in the area for 2 weeks traveling through Utah as well, but honestly I hated to leave Grand Canyon and could have happily spent the whole 2 weeks there. If you ever get the chance to do this trip - book it early (we reserved a year ahead) and GO!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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gatheringatthefarm wrote a review Nov 2020
Mechanicsburg, Ohio4 contributions
We only had time to do the 2 hour South Rim Mule Ride. It was just as expected beautiful view outdoor fresh air and a trip I have seen in family pictures 4 generations ago. This was my bucket list and left me wanting to do the 2 day ride. Miles were awesome and knew their job. We were with 16 other riders and 2 guides. Some had never ridden before and did fine. As an experienced rider riding nose to tail may seem boring but the view grabbed your interest and I could move around in the saddle to peer over the edge or look back at my husband without worry if my mule went off course. Do it. You will remember forever!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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j_berg6 wrote a review Nov 2020
Chicago, Illinois25 contributions17 helpful votes
Rodney was a wonderful guide and I had a great time riding with Dubby! The tour was 2 hours which was a perfect amount of time to explore the South Rim. It's a great time to ask questions and learn more about the canyon. The mules also seem to be very well taken care of which was important to me :)
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Kristina C wrote a review Oct 2020
Dallas, Texas20 contributions1 helpful vote
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Afraid of heights? Me too! But this mule ride felt safe and fun. Zack was our guide and he made everyone feel comfortable about the mules we were riding and shared some great history about the canyon along the way. We rode the south rim from Yaki Point which was short and had amazing views! The route is pretty flat and the closest you are from the rim is about 8-10 feet. I’ve never rode an animal before and it was so amazing to experience this.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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