Changes to Phantom Ranch Operations, During 2021
The National Park Service (NPS) has implemented modifications to operations at Phantom Ranch during the year 2021.
These changes are in response to guidance from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The Phantom Ranch Wastewater Treatment Plant (PRWWTP), located at the bottom of Grand Canyon, requires critical rehabilitation due to deferred maintenance and increased visitation levels.
In order to reduce water and wastewater demands to the PRWWTP, the NPS has limited overnight use and existing visitor facilities at Phantom Ranch. This project is anticipated to last approximately 18-24 months.
Modified operations will impact both NPS and Xanterra Phantom Ranch facilities. At Bright Angel Campground, site reservations have been decreased by 50% with a reduction in flush toilet restrooms for both day and overnight users.
Phantom Ranch has closed all hiker dormitories and suspend all guest showers for the duration of the project. The hiker dormitories have been closed since March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 virus and will remain closed throughout the duration of this project.
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.
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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.
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Last updated: January 25, 2021