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“Rustic but expensive” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Phantom Ranch

Phantom Ranch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $28
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Burlington, Iowa
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466 reviews
304 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Rustic but expensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

Neat location in canyon but $44 steak dinner? It is hauled daily via mule train was the explanation. Cheaper to just eat the mule.

Visited December 2012
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Indian Springs, Alabama
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151 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“What an oasis!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

We took the mule trip down to Phantom and spent the night in early Nov. What a wonderful experience we had, and the Phantom Ranch was a very welcome portion of our trip! Somewhere with trees, and shade, and running water, and BEER! The staff here are wonderful-pleasant, welcoming, helpful, and well organized. The cabin is basic, but does have a toilet and running water, and electricity, which is more than in many places. The food was great - served family style in a large open dining hall that really gives you the oportunity to meet your fellow travellers.The showers are clean and easily available. A great pit-stop that will help you recover from the weariness of hiking or mule-riding. The fact that you can get any of this at all, is a testament to the mules and the mule-teams that make it possible!

  • Visited November 2012
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6 Thank joe s
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new rochelle
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395 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Basic, but great fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Let's face it, you're at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and everything is brought in via mule train! The breakfast is standard: eggs, bacon, and pancakes--all you can eat. Dinner is served at two times: 5 PM--steak & baked potato and 6:30: beef stew or veggie chili--all you can eat at 6:30. All meals served homestyle, so you get to meet lots of new friends! The food is nothing fancy, but tastes great--and plenty of it! perfect after a hike down the Grand Canyon!

Visited November 2012
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Mesa, Arizona
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Best little lodge there is - anywhere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Rustic retreat rates raves”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Hard to get to (Mule or hike) this out-of-the-way lodge has excellent food, cameradie, hiking in the fabulous Grand Canyon

Visited September 2012
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