Mule Trips

Mule Trips in Grand Canyon: South Rim (right) North Rim (left)

South Rim Mule Trips

North Rim Mule Trips

South Rim mule trips
are offered year round.

South Rim Mule trips may be booked 13 months in advance and fill up early. A waiting list is only maintained for day before cancellations, and chances of obtaining reservations on the waiting list are slim. If you wish to make a trip into the canyon on a mule, plan ahead!

New Canyon Vistas Ride
Departs twice daily, through October, and once daily through mid-March. This three hour adventure replaces the Abyss Overlook Ride and starts at the main livery barn in Grand Canyon Village. From there, riders will be transported aboard an interpretive tour bus to Yaki Barn near the South Kaibab Trailhead. Here riders join their mules for two hours in the saddle on a four-mile ride that travels along a new trail built by the National Park Service. Wranglers will stop several times along the trail to provide interpretive information about geologic formations, human history, fire ecology, the Colorado River, the area's native peoples, the surrounding forest and more. The cost of the ride is $125.27 including tax.

Overnight Rides
Stay the night at Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the Canyon near the Colorado River. This service must be reserved and purchased in advance. Overnight rides include accommodations and meals. Overnight ride prices start at $548.84 for the first person, or two people for $960.01 including taxes.

Two-night rides are also available. Check Xanterra's website for more details.

Mule rides from the South Rim can be reserved through:
Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

Call (303) 297-2757
or toll free (888) 297-2757,
or FAX (303) 297-3175,

or write to:
Xanterra Parks & Resorts,
6312 S Fiddlers Green Circle,
Suite 600N,
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


For Day Before waiting list information, call (928) 638-2631 or contact the Bright Angel Lodge transportation desk inside the park.

There are restrictions: Overnight mule riders must not weigh more than 200 lbs/91 kg fully dressed

3 hour Abyss Overlook riders must not weigh more than 225 lbs/102 kg.

Riders must be at least 4 feet 7 inches/140 cm in height and must be able to speak and understand fluent English, must be in good physical condition, should not be afraid of heights or large animals, and cannot be pregnant.
North Rim mule trips
are offered May 15th through Oct. 15th

North Rim mule trips do not go to the river.
One-hour rides along the rim and ½ day rim or inner canyon trips are usually available on a daily basis.

Prices start at $40.00/person.

1 Hour Trip - Grand Canyon Rim

7 year age limit - 220 lb. weight limit
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$40.00/person, including taxes.

1/2 Day Trip to Uncle Jim's Point
10 year age limit - 200 lb. limit
7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
$80.00/person, including taxes.

Inner-Canyon 1/2 Day Trip to Supai Tunnel on the N. Kaibab Trail
The 1/2 day ride descends down the North Kaibab Trail 2,300 feet. (701 m)
10 year age limit
200 lb. (91 kg) weight limit

7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
$80.00/person, including taxes.

Register in the lobby of the Grand Canyon Lodge at the Grand Canyon Trail Rides desk; open 7:00am-5:00pm daily.

Shuttle bus to trail head leaves the lodge one half hour before trip departure times.

For reservations call Grand Canyon Trail Rides,

(435) 679-8665,

or write to:
Grand Canyon Trail Rides
PO Box 128, Tropic, Utah, 84776
or visit them at
National Forest Trail Rides - South Rim

One-hour and two-hour trail rides through the pines of the Kaibab National Forest and twilight campfire and wagon rides are available. Both horses and mules are utilized. Apache Stables is located just outside of the South Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park at the north end of the community of Tusayan. For information and reservations call (928) 638-2891.


Did You Know?