Phantom Ranch Information

some scenes of Phantom Ranch
Some Views of Phantom Ranch

NPS photos by Michael Quinn

Staying Overnight at Phantom Ranch

Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is a popular destination for both hikers and mule riders. Overnight hiker dormitories and cabins can be reserved and meals are available for purchase.

Advance reservations for meals and lodging at Phantom Ranch are required. Reservations are made through Xanterra, 888-297-2757, and can be made up to 13 months in advance.

The park's Backcountry Information Center does not make reservations for Phantom Ranch lodging or meals. Overnight guests of Phantom Ranch who have advance reservations do not need to obtain backcountry camping permits.

Reservations for meals and lodging are required.
An NPS backcountry permit is not required for overnight stays at the dormitories or cabins at Phantom Ranch. Call 303-297-2757 or 888-297-2757. Make reservations on-line at

Beginning in January 2019, Phantom Ranch reservations will be made through an online lottery system. More.

To view more photos of Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon:

Grand Canyon mule head in profile.

Mule Trip Information

Taking a mule ride at the Grand Canyon is a century old tradition.

Mule trips into the canyon - as well as rides through the park's woodlands to scenic canyon overlooks - are offered on both the North and South Rims. More...


Phantom Ranch Walking Tour Booklet Shows black and white photo of five people posing arm-in-arm.

Phantom Ranch Self-guided Walking Tour
(2.60 MB PDF File) revised 12/2013

Like a long-forgotten diary in a dusty cellar, Phantom Ranch tells stories of a time gone by.

On this walking tour, follow along in the diaries and footsteps — of Phantom Ranch’s pioneers.

Hike Smart at Grand Canyon

HIKE SMART - For a safe and enjoyable hike
Prepare for your hike before you arrive:

Grand Canyon National Park Announces:
Interim Permits for Organized Groups Conducting
Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hiking and Running
Learn More >>


Phantom Ranch - Grand Canyon in Depth - Episode 3

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9 minutes, 50 seconds

Visit Phantom Ranch, a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon; a storied place that can only be reached on foot, by mule, or by rafting the Colorado River.

Grand Canyon In Depth is a video podcast series that explores the natural and human history of Grand Canyon National Park. Join park rangers, scientists, and historians as they take us beyond the rim of the canyon to discover the diversity of life and the extraordinary beauty of Grand Canyon National Park.

Produced by the National Park Service in association with Bristlecone Media and Grand Canyon Association, the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


(928) 638-7888
This is the main phone number for general park questions.

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