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 via an on-line lottery 15 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.
Make reservations on-line up to 15 months in advance at
An NPS backcountry permit is not required for overnight stays at the dormitories or cabins at Phantom Ranch

Learn more: Read the Phantom Ranch Lottery FAQ

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 tradition that began more than 100 years ago.

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...

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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.


Hike Smart at Grand Canyon

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


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.


(August 24, 2014) Grand Canyon National Park Announced:
Interim Permits for Organized Groups Conducting
Rim-to-Rim and Extended Day Hiking and Running.
Learn More >>

Last updated: November 22, 2017

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PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


(928) 638-7888

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